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Executive Team


Maha Freij
President & Chief Executive Officer

Maha Freij is the President & Chief Executive Officer at ACCESS and is a leading visionary in the Arab American community with regard to philanthropy and building strong institutions to strengthen the voice of the community in American civil society.

Lina Hourani-Harajli
Chief Operating Officer

Known for her compassion, dedication to making a difference and commitment to operational excellence, Lina Hourani-Harajli has served the community through ACCESS, the largest Arab American nonprofit organization in the nation, since 2000.

Wisam Qasem Fakhoury
Chief Financial Officer

Wisam Qasem Fakhoury is the Chief Financial Officer at ACCESS, where her expertise in accounting principles and her meticulous eye for detail have been pivotal to the development of an $18 million nonprofit organization.

Diana Abouali
Director, Arab American National Museum (AANM)

Diana Abouali is the director of the Arab American National Museum (AANM). She has worked in higher education and in the museum and cultural heritage sectors in the United States, Palestine and Jordan. Diana joined ACCESS in 2019.

Amne Darwish-Talab
Director, Social Services (East)

Amne joined ACCESS in 1979, serving as director of the summer youth program through 1981 while completing her studies at Wayne State University (WSU).

Rachid Elabed
Director, Business Operations and Facilities

Passionate about business and social enterprise, Rachid Elabed has dedicated his life to using these talents to serve his community, uplift marginalized voices, inspire new generations of leadershi

Brigitte Fawaz-Anouti
Director, Social Services Main and Special Projects

Brigitte Fawaz-Anouti joined ACCESS in 1980 as a summer youth leader, and within two years, became the first food and shelter coordinator.

Mosein Hussein
Director, Human Resources

Mosein Hussein is the director of ACCESS’ Human Resources Department. He brings with him a broad background in human resources in the nonprofit and private sectors nationally and abroad.

Jamie Kim
Director, Innovative Programming

Jamie Kim began her career at ACCESS in 2002 as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator with NNAAC, and was promoted to AmeriCorps Director in 2005.

Mona Makki
Director, ACCESS Community Health and Research Center

An impassioned proponent of rights for underserved members of the community, Mona has fearlessly advocated against crime and domestic violence for over a decade.

Rima Meroueh
Director, National Network for Arab American Communities

Since joining ACCESS as the Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager, Rima’s role has allowed us to focus our efforts on this imperative work.

Anisa Sahoubah
Director, Youth and Education

Anisa Sahoubah serves as director of the Youth and Education Department at ACCESS.

Rana Abbas Taylor
Director, Strategic Initiatives

Rana Abbas Taylor is the Director of Communications and Marketing at ACCESS, the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S. She joined ACCESS in 2013 and has 20 years of community service and communications experience, with a special focus on social justice and women’s rights.

Tamara El-Khoury
Director, Center for Arab American Philanthropy

Tamara serves as the Director of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), the nation's only Arab American community foundation. CAAP’s objective is to unite and empower the Arab American c

Lillian Lorenzi
Director, Communications and Marketing

Lillian, who  joined ACCESS in June of 2022, brings with her more than 30 years of experience in managing all aspects of marketing, public relations, internal and external communications, brand man

Matthew Jaber Stiffler
Director of the Center for Arab Narratives (CAN)

Before assuming the role of Director for CAN in March 2023, Matthew Jaber Stiffler served as Research and Content Manager at the Arab American National Museum (AANM) for 12 years.