Board Of Directors

  • Nefr Israel Michaels

    Nefr Michaels is the president and founder of Care with LOVE. For 18 years, she was the Human Resources Director for the U.S. Navy based in Egypt. Along with being married and a proud mother of two young men, she volunteers at her local church and loves playing Sudoku/Kakuro. She enjoys attending musical concerts and […]

  • Lana Sawiris

    Attending the German school in Egypt and graduating from the American School in Paris, Lana has been exposed to different cultures and has mastered four languages. She has attained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Strategic Design and Management with honors at Parsons The New School For Design. Lana’s entrepreneurial nature allowed her to […]

  • Alexander Shalaby, Past President

    Alex Shalaby is the current Chairman and former CEO of Mobinil, one of Egypt’s largest mobile phone operators.  Alex came to Mobinil from Washington, DC, where he was Director for Public Affairs for AT&T, serving as the company’s link to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and lobbying the executive branch of the U.S. government. He has […]

  • Gretchen Gerwe Welch

    Gretchen is a former senior American diplomat who served at the U.S. State Department for thirty-two years.  Her overseas postings were in Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UK.  She worked directly for three Secretaries of State and concluded her career by supporting the Summer Olympic Games in London UK in 2012.  She […]

  • Olivia Zhang

    Olivia Zhang is a recent graduate from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and a concentration in the Middle East. In 2017, she studied abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel and interned at Israeli think tank Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, where she worked on several projects regarding […]

  • Nick Cleveland-Stout

    Nick Cleveland-Stout is a sophomore at Colorado College, but he calls the state of Oregon his home. Nick plans on spending the spring semester in Jordan studying Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. He is deeply interested in the MENA region and wants to visit Egypt someday. An active member of the Colorado College Model United […]

  • Michelle Barone

    Michelle Barone, a junior at George Washington University in Washington DC, is originally from Monroe, New York. Michelle is pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in the Middle East and a minor in Arabic studies. Michelle is interested in international development, advocacy, and humanitarianism in the Middle East. On campus, Michelle is […]

  • Natalie Davis

    Natalie Davis is a senior at the University of Mary Washington, seeking a B.A. in Geography with a concentration of International Development and Sustainability. Natalie is involved with a mentorship program called Young Life, where she spends time with local high school students. During her time at Mary Washington and through her travels, Natalie has […]

  • Mia Smith, Intern

    Mia Smith is a B.A. student in Arabic and International Relations at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. As part of her studies, Mia spent a year abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she studied Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect intensively. At Exeter, she works part-time as a Project Coordinator for her […]

  • Lauren Hamelink, Intern

    Lauren Hamelink is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in International Relations, focusing on Middle East Studies and Arabic. She is now a second-year Master’s student at Michigan State University studying Public Policy with a specialization in International Development. After graduation, she plans to return to the Washington, DC area to […]

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