Meet our board members!
Tala is currently the Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at Roxbury Community College, the largest minority-serving institution of higher education in New England. She has been committed to establishing, transforming and leading successful interdisciplinary divisions in higher education. Tala’s passion is to create and facilitate opportunities for students and faculty to empower their lives through education and through synergistic partnerships with industry, universities, K-12 schools and the community. She has established and chaired the four Program Advisory Boards in her division, and served on several advisory boards for academic programs and state education initiatives. CAC’s mission resonates with Tala’s own, and where she hopes to contribute in many areas with her expertise and background in higher education leadership, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, serving public institutions, and fund-raising/development. Her desire is for continuous, preservation and promotion of the Arabic heritage and culture for all families and to the community at large and for sustainability and growth of organizations such as CAC.
Amongst the many roles that Sara plays, mother is one of the most prominent, with three young children at home. She is also an informal educator, arts activist and committed and loving community member. Sara received her BA degree in Psychology, with a minor in French fromFraminghamStateUniversity, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Sara is multi-lingual, fluent in Arabic, French, and Spanish, and learning Greek. Sara hopes to strengthen the Arab-American voice by sharing her personal experience and cultural understanding of theMiddle East. Her passion is to bring visual art education into the public schools by also celebrating diversity through integration of values and cultures and among them would be Arabic culture. This summer, she will be spending a month inAmman,Jordancollaborating on visual art project for refugee camps inJordanand learning Arabic Calligraphy.
Randa was born inHaifa,Palestine, and grew up inBeirut,Lebanon.
She attended theNationalEvangelicalSchoolinBeirut, and was selected by the American Field Service Student Exchange Program to attend the senior year of high school atEasternHigh SchoolinBaltimore,Maryland, where she lived the entire year with an American family. Back inLebanon, Randa attendedBeirutCollegefor Women for two years, and transferred to theAmericanUniversityofBeirutto obtain her B.S. in Nursing. She was on the faculty of theNursingSchoolteaching for two years, until she moved to theUnited Stateswith her husband. InBoston, she sat for the Nursing State Board Exam, and obtained her nursing license. Finally, and most importantly, she is a grandmother of five beautiful grandchildren.
Ruth is a clinical social worker and therapist inSomerville,MA. She worked for many years in human resources, focusing on Employee Assistance, management coaching, and career development, so she brings that enhanced understanding of the workplace to her work. She is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner and uses this tool as appropriate. Closest to her heart, she is devoted to yoga.