Ms. Sarah Harakati, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Mr. George “Jalil” Saad, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Atty. Huda Berri, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Hon. Judge David Perkins, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Dr. Mamdouh Abdulrazzak, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Dr. Nakpangi Thomas, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Ms. Stephanie Crider , AHRC Advisory Board Member
Dr. D.L. Teamor, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Ms. Caryl Conway, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Atty. Fawzea Abusalah, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Atty. Issaac Robinson, AHRC Advisory Board President
Mr. Abdul Saleh, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Mr. Saleh is a community activist and a successful businessman in import and export business and trade. He is the founder and the owner of City Recycler in the State of Michigan. He received number of recognitions for his chartable work from several organizations including the Good Will and the Salvation Army for his contributions. He is a graduate of International Business Administration of Davenport University. Mr. Saleh is a dedicated community member and volunteers. He is a hard working family man who believes strongly in family values and serving humanity.
Atty. ROGER A. FARINHA, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Roger A. Farinha attended the City University of New York, City College, 1984 with a BA in Urban Legal Studies/English Lit. He attended Boston University School of Law, graduating in 1987.
Mr. Farinha has thirty years of extensive civil and criminal court room trial experience.He has worked as a Michigan Assistant State Prosecutor, 2000- 2006, and with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Department of Social Services, 1995-2000. He has litigated civil rights as well as child welfare cases protecting parent’s rights from 1995 to the present.He has worked 2016 to the present with The Parents Rights Organization developing strategy to include Muslim Community Leaders in the United States as well including Democratic Congressional Representatives in support of The Parents Rights Constitutional Amendment. He is an Associate with Manchester Trade LLC in Washington, DC, working with over 42 African countries in exploring trade and business opportunities.
Mr. Adel Alasad, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Mr. Alasad is a businessman and dedicated community activist and volunteer. He is a passionate supporter to causes of good will. He possesses twelve (12) years of rich experience as a mortgage Real-estate Broker. Mr. Alasad is the owner of multiple Leos Coney Island restaurants across the Detroit Metro area. He is the Vice-Chair of the Yemeni American Chamber of Commerce in addition to serving as an advisor to several community based organizations. Mr. Alasad is a true model of success that acquired the American dream and made it real.
Mr. Walid Fidama, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Walid Fidama is on the executive board as the community outreach with the National Association of Yemeni Americans. Mr. Fidama is also with the Yemeni American Heritage Association as the Secretary. Mr. Fidama is very active within his community is always looking for ways to get involved to help make a change. Mr. Fidama is the Vice-President of Fordson high school PTA. He is the Precinct Delegate and member of the Democratic Party. He is also a member of the Dearborn Democratic Club and a member of the 12th District. Mr. Fidama is the First Chairman of the Yemeni American Democratic Caucus. Mr. Fidama is very involved in many organizations because he understands the importance of being involved in important issues and engaging the community through organizations and community events to ensure justice and equality for all.
Ms. Elisa Grubbs, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Elisa M. Grubbs Legislative Assistant to Congressman John Conyers for over 20 plus years. Mrs. Grubbs has also been a Community Liaison, Outreach Director, Immigration Specialist, Paralegal, and a Campaign Director for both local and state government. Mrs. Grubbs is also a Precinct Delegate and a Grassroots Field Organizer.
Ms. Faye Awada, AHRC Advisory Board Member
Ms. Faye Awada is a Social Worker and the Director of United International Services, Inc. (UIS) UIS’ activities include, but are not limited to, filling out immigration forms, referrals, paralegal services, community and social services, counseling and translation. Ms. Awada has an active caseload of over 100,000 clients from various ethnic backgrounds. As a Social Worker and caregiver, she gained fame even outside the United States for caring for families who are recent immigrants. Her work experience stretches well over 30 years. She has been the primary assistant to her clients in courts, immigration offices, law firms, police stations and hospitals. Ms. Awada emigrated with her family from Lebanon in 1960 to become the first Arab-American woman that gives her hand, devotes her time, and sacrifices her life for the sake of her people. Ms. Awada is the first-hand supporter to her people and the bridge that connects them with the official bodies and organizations they seek assistance from.
Attorney Shereef Akeel, Former President AHRC Advisory Board
Akeel has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), a Lawyer of the Year by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and has been nominated in the top 5% of attorneys in the State of Michigan by Law & Politics Super lawyer Magazine for 12 consecutive years. In addition, Akeel was nationally recognized by U.S. News & World News Report as a Tier One Civil Rights lawyer.
Akeel has been involved in several high profile employment discrimination cases, where he has managed to obtain million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients both in federal and state courts. Akeel has also filed class action lawsuits challenging the no-fly list and interrogation procedures at the border. Akeel has also taken his work internationally in filing human rights class action lawsuits on behalf of all of Iraqi detainees who were tortured in Abu Gharib and elsewhere by multi-billion dollar companies.
Akeel obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in 1987, and graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1996 (which merged with Michigan State University). Now, Akeel specializes in Employment law, Civil Rights, and Personal Injury. Akeel also has a CPA, and a Masters’ in Business Administration from Wayne State University.