It has been a rough ride, but it is over.
I am very proud to announce the successful end of the elections process. A new Board of Trustees has been elected. You have entrusted its elected members as our leadership in the organization.
SAF was established in February 2012 with a clear mission: to serve our community and educate the general public about the events in Syria. We embarked on a very tough ride polluted with misrepresentation of the facts in Syria. We did not backup. The image was, and continues to, very clear in our minds: the US policy towards Syria hurts the US national interest, security and otherwise, and contributes to none other than escalation in the killing and destruction of our mother country.
In order to influence the decision making in the US we need the unity of our community. We worked diligently on inclusivity, dialogue and harmony. I will ask the newly elected members of the Board of Trustees to make this their utmost priority. The burden is on us. We shall, and will, not hesitate from taking every step to include all those in our Syrian American community that share our principles in this process. The past is gone. Today is the first day of the future. A new era of SAF has just begun.
Today, I received the results of the elections from our Nominations and Elections Committee. I would like to thank all members of this Committee for their dedication and phenomenal effort to hold a transparent and free process allowing members to express their preferences.
Also, I extend my congratulations to the following colleagues for receiving the highest numbers of your votes, becoming the new members of the Board:
- Dr. Eyad Salloum, MA
- Dr. Yazan Khatib, FL
- Dr. Husam Alsamman, CA
- Dr. Fadi Bashour, OH
- Dr. Ghias Moussa, NJ
- And myself, Nasser Ani , NJ
A special gratitude is in order for the following colleagues who ran but did not fall into the top six, thank you:
- Mr. Salah Asfoura
- Ms. Wafa Rumman
- Dr. Zaki Mukdissi
- Dr. Ziad Khoury
I am looking forward for working with this group of dedicated individuals, within the Board and other members of the organization at large. We all have a responsibility towards our community and both our adopted and mother country. I am confident we can all contribute to this mission and unite to achieve it. Our mother country Syria needs us. We are there for her in its time of need.
I would like also to thank the previous board who worked very hard since the inception of SAF, without their efforts we would have achieved our existence. I am looking forward for their continuous support and involvement in the organization.
Wishing all the best and thank you all again,
Nasser Ani, MD
January 23, 2015