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Board of Directors

Salaheddine Tomeh, MD

  • ACA Board member since it's inception in 1996
  • Certified by American Board of Surgery 1979
  • Vascular Surgeon in private practice the Phoenix area since1981
  • Chairman of Islamic Community Center of Phoenix 1985-1989
  • Chairman of Islamic Cultural Center in Tempe1989-1990
  • Proud ACA grandparent






Suzanne Bassal, Esq.
Board Secretary

  • Earned Juris Doctor Degree from University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Former Member of CNN's White House Unit
  • Former Member of White House Correspondent's Association
  • Former Member of House of Representatives Radio-Television Correspondents
  • Covered several Presidential events, Inauguration and UN Peace Summit
  • Published wires and stories on
  • Proud ACA parent
  • Spokesman for Arizona Muslim Alliance



Zayed Al-Sayyed, Esq.
Member at large

  • Practicing Attorney in the Phoenix Area
  • Earned Juris Doctor Degree from Phoenix School of Law in 2012
  • Master's Degree in Taxation from Arizona State University in 2010
  • Graduated from ACA's first Senior graduate class in 2006
  • ACA student since its inception in 2001
  • Board member of Arizona Muslim Police Advisory



Dr. Shelley Isai 

  • Holds a Doctorate degree in Innovation and Leadership from ASU. 
  • Earned the principal and superintendent certificate and is currently the Administrator for Curriculum and Assessment at Dysart Unified School District, which is comprised of 4 comprehensive high schools, 19 elementary and an alternative school. Her work impacts approximately 11,000 students in the district. 
  • Has over 20 years  of experience in the field of education. Taught in middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.  Teaching experience includes teaching Spanish, English, Math, and teacher preparation classes.  
  • Worked with teachers as an Instructional Coach at a large high school.  During her instructional coaching tenure, the school saw academic gains yearly.  Dr. Shelley subsequently was promoted to Assistant Principal and then Principal for the school.  
  • During her principalship, she led her team to become the first AdvancED STEM Accredited School in the state of Arizona, receiving an A+ School of Excellence Designation.  
  • An AdvancED Lead Team Evaluator for 4 years and a Lead A+ School Evaluator for the Arizona Foundation for Education for over 3 years.
  • Previously served on the Board of the Albanian American Islamic Center.


                   Rheem Khalife Kabbani

  • Earned Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from California State University, Fullerton
  • Earned Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton
  • Completed all MBA Marketing core classes from University of California, Irvine
  • MBA Business Certificate program via Sallie Mae Inc.
  • Former Sr. Accountant of Employee Stock Options at Sallie Mae Inc.
  • Former Director of Product Management and Marketing Communications at KeyBridge Corporation
  • Practice Manager at The Pediatric Endocrine & Diabetes Clinic, PC
  • Vice-Chairwomen, ACA Umrah Committee
  • Proud ACA parent of 1 graduate and 2 current students




                       Irfan Choudhery

  • Bachelor's and Master's degree in Management, Arizona State University
  • Certified Public Manager (CPM), Arizona State University
  • Global Leadership & Management Certification - Thunderbird, School of Global Management
  • Over 20 years of experience in the private and public sector in academic management, leadership and development, and human resource management
  • Served and Managed School Council at Arizona Cultural Academy for ten years and PTA for two years 
  • Faculty at University of Phoenix, Rio Salado Community College and Ashford University
  • Currently, serving as the Program Administrator of Leadership and Development, State of Arizona



                       Sharif Alkatib

  • 15+ years of experience in the field of Information Technology bringing expertise from Fortune 500 companies such as WWT, CVS Health, Bed Bath and Beyond, Edison International (SCE), and the City of Phoenix
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional in Collaboration and Data Center
  • Earned a Master's degree in IT Management from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
  • Earned Honors Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, Canada
  • Expert proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint,  O365, computer networking, hardware, infrastructure, Cisco collaboration, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and blockchain/cryptocurrency
  • Proud ACA parent of 2 current students



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