AAFSC’s Executive Director, Ms. Lena Alhusseini has extensive experience working on issues of violence against women and children, both in the Middle East and in the U.S. Prior to coming to the U.S., Ms. Alhusseini served with a number of international organizations around the world on issues pertaining to child protection and human trafficking, including USAID and UNICEF. Under the direction of HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah, she established the Jordan River Foundation’s child protection unit, the first organization to address the issue of child abuse in the Middle East. Ms. Alhusseini has been honored as a White House Champion of Change for her work to combat domestic violence.
Nidal Alloubane joined AAFSC in 2003. Her previous positions at AAFSC were Senior Instructor of Adult Education and Literacy, and Arabic Instructor. Prior to joining AAFSC, Ms. Alloubane worked first as an elementary school teacher and then as a principal. She is a graduate of Houra College (Jordan), with a Bachelors degree in education, and is fluent in Arabic.
Maha Attieh joined AAFSC in 2003 as Outreach Counselor for the New York State Office of Mental Health/Project Liberty Program. Her previous positions at AAFSC include Healthcare Program Facilitated Enroller and Outreach Coordinator. Ms. Attieh holds an Associate Degree in Social Work from the Jordan college of Social Work, and received a Certificate in Achievement in 2010 from Baruch College/School of Public Affairs.
Ms. Attieh is a member of the Community Advisory Committee at Brooklyn Hospital, Long Island College Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, Arthur Ash Institute at Downstate Hospital, The School of Public Health at Downstate Hospital, and the Dodge YMCA. She also participates in several coalitions, including the CPHS People’s Budget Coalition, the Grater Brooklyn Health Coalition, the New York Immigration Health Coalition, the NYC Hepatitis C Coalition, and The Brooklyn Transformation Coalition.
In April 2010, she was honored by the Commission on the Public Health System with the Marshal England Memorial Public Health Award for her advocacy work. She was also honored by the New York Police Department Community Affair Bureau at their first annual Women’s History Month event in 2010 for outstanding service for the community.
J.C. Salyer joined AAFSC in 2006 as Staff Attorney. His experience includes work with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Mr. Salyer holds a BA degree in Anthropology from the University of Georgia, and a JD degree from Georgia State University. He is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate Center/CUNY.
Hizam Wahib joined AAFSC in 2001. His prior work at AAFSC includes supervision of the Legal Department and general administration of the agency. Mr. Wahib has extensive experience in working with the city’s Arab-American community, and he is an active participant in the Yemeni Professionals Association. Mr. Wahib is fluent in Arabic and has attended Kingsborough Community College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY.