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Born and raised in Panama City, Florida, Nour Al-Nahhas is a recent graduate from the Florida State University where he attained his BS in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. He plans to attend law school in the fall of 2017. Nour’s passion and love for Syria occurred in his early ages. Growing up, Nour traveled to Homs, Syria every summer to visit family and friends, but since the Revolution broke out in 2011, has been unable to return, feeling as though he has lost a part of who he is. Capitalizing on the strength he found in his love for Syria, Nour has been involved with the Syrian American Medical Society and its missions, specifically its project Refugee Smiles. Having served as the President and co-Founder of SOS at FSU, Nour’s vision and plans for SOS extended beyond that of just his Alma mater, and he now plans to make a direct impact on the situation in Syria through his position as Student Director of Students Organize for Syria.
Hiba Shaban was the founder and president of SOS at UCF during her senior year at the University of Central Florida where she completed her undergraduate studies in 2015. She was also the vice president of SOS at USF the following year where she completed her Masters in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of South Florida (USF) in 2016. Hiba was heavily involved in the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine throughout her undergraduate years and holds the Syrian cause close to her heart. Travelling to Damascus, Syria every summer instilled in her a love for her country and a need to help out any way that she can. She hopes that her contribution, although small, will make a difference.
Mahdi Sahloul is a junior at Loyola Univeristy of Chicago, pursuing a degree in Economics and a minor in Health Systems Management. Mahdi currently serves as the president of SOS at Loyola along with his national board position as national outreach manager. He has been active volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) since the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011, serving in Jordan, Turkey, and Greece. In 2015, Mahdi served as a finance intern for the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund. Mahdi is motivated by the vision of a free Syria for all Syrians, and will not stop advocating for the Syrian pepole until that vision is a reality.
Dana Alhaffar is a senior at IUPUI, pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Biology. She plans to attend medical school after graduating and hopes to use her degree to provide medical care locally and abroad. Dana is the President and Founder of an SOS chapter at her university and now concurrently serves as the Communications Coordinator on the Board of Directors. As Communications Coordinator she provides the bridge between the individual chapters and the national team, and manages all social media platforms.
Ahnas Alzahabi is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, he completed a degree in Business Administration and led the effort in starting the first SOS chapter in the State of Michigan. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. Ahnas spent his high school years in Damascus, Syria. His tenure in the Syrian capital would change his life forever and deeply synchronize him with his Syrian roots. Playing volleyball, swimming, and socializing with friends are some of his favorite activities.
Nora Nashawaty is a first year master’s student in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University. In 2015, she received her B.S. in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. As a Regional Outreach Manager, Nora communicates between the Board of Directors and SOS chapters and provides chapters with tools and resources to coordinate campaigns and events.
Amal Rass is an undergraduate student at Wayne State University majoring in English and minoring in Public Relations with a pre-law focus. Being of Syrian origin, her passion to help the Syrian people and advocate for the human rights that they deserve inspired her to be involved with SOS. As the Midwest/Western Regional Coordinator, Amal works with individual chapters as their point-person for SOS National and works to assist them in making their chapter successful.