Akram AbouKhalil, President
Akram was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and grew up with the Lebanese spirit. The majority of his family is still located throughout Lebanon, and he loves going to visit them every summer. When Akram attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was heavily involved with the Lebanese Club on campus which later sparked his interest in the LCN. He’s now graduated of Pharmacy School at the University of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Akram hopes one day to take his knowledge in Pharmacy, and host uniquely tailored educational health clinics and seminars for smaller villages across Lebanon in an effort to help them become healthier so they can prosper.
Jennifer Bou Lahoud, Secretary
Even though Jennifer was born and raised in Southern California, her Lebanese heritage is a large part of her life. Since graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2014 double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, she aspires to obtain her Masters in Applied Psychology at USC and ultimately a PhD in Social Psychology. Her goal is to become a Legal Consultant to cooperate with law firms during trials based on theories learned in the field of psychology. She is a research assistant for a professor at USC, where she is co-publishing an experiment she coordinated, executed, and analyzed titled, “Women Leaning In: Why Assertive Women are Perceived as ‘Bossy.’” Early on at USC, Jennifer has been an active member of the Lebanese Club, serving as secretary, treasurer, and president. She has been a fan of the LCN since its inception and attended four conventions and various mixers. Jennifer believes wholeheartedly in the LCN’s mission of connecting and developing Lebanese students and alumni across the nation and hope to be a key factor in making it reach its full potential.
Albert Fattal, Treasurer
Former founder of AlFa Holdings (a private equity firm, 2012) and AlFa Media (a multi-media service company, 1999) has worked in the applied computer aerospace metrology and analysis sector for over 10 years where he applied organizational skills to mold an entire production quality system into a manageable computer automated account. His prevalent studies within the technology sector (both hardware and software) underpinned an entire methodology that advancements surrounding software progress can assist the streamlining of analyzing tight tolerance commodities. Today, he is located in Los Angeles, California computing small to medium sized business technological renovation and cloud modernization. An advocate proponent of technological furtherance, he develops with an emphasis on user experience and client side platforms. In the course of mid 2009, his niche was further expanded to advancing complex mitigated business information and tethering them into wholly consolidated usable data.
Rachelle Mehdi, VP of Events
As a first-generation Lebanese American and an Ann Arbor native, Rachelle Mehdi fully embraced her Lebanese heritage when she moved to Beirut in 2010 and lived there for three years, studying at the American University of Beirut. She transferred to the University of Michigan at the end of 2013 and is currently a senior, double-majoring in Sociology and International Studies. Rachelle was an active member of her LSA at U of M since she first transferred, which was what lead to her first experience with LCN at the Boston LCN Convention hosted by Harvard University in 2014. She is currently in Washington, D.C. interning with both non-profits and governmental agencies this year, and hopes to ultimately pursue a career working towards human rights development in the Middle East upon graduating in December 2015.
Tina Aoun, VP of Membership
Tina is a first generation Lebanese American, born and raised in sunny Southern California. At a very young age, she realized what her passions were: writing, educating, building and uniting communities. In 2013, Tina graduated from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. During her time at UCR, Tina not only co-founded the Lebanese Social Club but also a new department on campus, the Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC). She is now the Director for the MESC. She advises over 22 Middle Eastern student organizations on campus, coordinates and hosts campus wide events, educational workshops, leadership retreats, professional panels, and respond to the needs of the Middle Eastern community on campus.
Layla Sareini, VP of Public Relations
Born and raised in Dearborn, MI, Layla was surrounded by Lebanese culture her entire life but it was not until she began her undergraduate career at The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she is currently a senior majoring in Sociology, with a minor in Law, Justice & Social Change. Here, she became heavily involved in her Lebanese Club. In addition to this, she was involved with the Doors of Opportunity, an organization dedicated to increasing Arab enrollment on campus. She is a choreographer for dabke and belly dance troupe, Arabesque, and organizes Annual Arab Cultural shows. She is the President and Founder of the University’s Arab Student Union. Layla’s passion for helping and networking, paired with her love of Lebanese culture made joining the LCN a dream come true.
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