Founder

  Zoe Sahloul ,   photography by Molly Haley, mollyhaley.com

Zoe Sahloul, photography by Molly Haley, mollyhaley.com

Board of Directors

zoe sahloul

was born in Beirut, Lebanon.  She immigrated to Canada in 1992 to escape the civil war and to look for peace and safety. She has a bachelor's degree in computer science and is presently working on her master's in social work at USM. She is a wife for a successful, kind and loving man and a mother of three wonderful kids and two beautiful cats. She is a strong advocate for women’s justice and rights, children’s rights and protection, education, and a strong activist for immigrant social integration, and racial equity.

Walid Moumneh, PRESIDENT - IDEXX Laboratories

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Rana Dagher, VICE PRESIDENT - Psychiatrist

Bio coming soon.

Rabee Kiwan M.D., TREASURER - MERCY HOSPITAL

was born in Lebanon. He received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut. He moved to the United States in 2002, and finished his Internal Medicine residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. He moved to Maine in 2006. He currently lives in Portland. In addition to medicine, he has a great passion for art and has exhibited in several galleries and his work has been accepted to several juried shows. He also enjoys reading, gardening, soccer, and the great outdoors that Maine offers.

Shima Kabirigi, SECRETARY - TELLING ROOM

Bio coming soon.

Jenn McAdoo, BOARD MEMBER - FURNITURE FRIENDS

is the Executive Director of Furniture Friends, a nonprofit based in Westbrook, ME that provides donated furniture to people in need throughout Greater Portland. In addition to sitting on the board of NEAAO, Jenn is part of the Welcoming Immigrant Network and Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition. She lives in Cumberland with her husband and they are the parents of two grown sons.

Jill Irish, BOARD MEMBER - OPPORTUNITY ALLIANCE

Bio coming soon.

Kifah Abdullah, BOARD MEMBER - ARTIST, POET AND ACTIVIST

Bio coming soon.

Courtney Thorpe, BOARD MEMBER - WEX

Bio coming soon.

Hailey Virusso, BOARD MEMBER - LMSW

Bio coming soon.


 

Arab Americans

Arab American Religion

The Arab American community is religiously diverse.

Almost every religion is represented in the Arab American community.

Christians: Maronite Catholic, Melkite Catholic, Syrian Catholic, Chaldean Catholic, Roman Catholic, Antiochian Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Protestant.

Muslims: Sunni, Shia and Druze


Arab American Education

85% of Arab Americans have at least a high school diploma

More than 4 out of 10 Arab Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher

17% of Arab Americans have a post-graduate degree

The United States is home to over 3.5 million Arab Americans. The cities with largest Arab American populations are Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

More About Lebanese Americans


Arab American Origins

The Arab World includes 22 countries stretching from North Africa in the west to the Arabian Gulf in the east.

Arabs are ethnically, religiously and politically diverse but descend from a common linguistic and cultural heritage.

Not all Arabs are Muslim.

Not all Muslims are Arabs.

Arab Americans began arriving to US during the late 19th century and early 20th century.