LANSING — Gov. Whitmer announced the following appointments and/or reappointments to the Commission on Middle-Eastern American Affairs:
John D. Daoud of Troy is the director of human resources at the Arab American and Chaldean Council. Daoud is appointed to succeed Haifa Fakhouri, whose term expired April 19, for a term expiring April 19, 2023.
Rihan Issa of Saginaw is the Michigan coordinator for the Campus Vote Project and an ACCESS Community Advisory Board member. Issa is appointed to succeed Fadwa Hammoud, who resigned effective May 9, for a term expiring April 19, 2022.
Nadine Yousif Kalasho of West Bloomfield is the president and chief executive officer of CODE Legal Aid, a non-profit organization. Kalasho is appointed to succeed Abe Munfakh, whose term expired April 19, for a term expiring April 19, 2023.
Fay Beydoun of Dearborn is the executive director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce. Beydoun is reappointed for a term expiring April 19, 2023.
Lina Hourani-Harajli of Dearborn is the chief operating officer of the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS). Hourani-Harajli is reappointed for a term expiring April 19, 2023.
Nabeel R. Obeid of Ann Arbor is an assistant professor of surgery at Michigan Medicine. Obeid is reappointed for a term expiring April 19, 2023.
The Commission on Middle-Eastern American Affairs was created by Executive Order 2015-6. The commission is housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and shall act in an advisory capacity to the governor and the director. The 15-member commission will work to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations to the governor and department regarding issues facing the Middle-Eastern American Community. They will also work to enhance economic opportunity, prevent discrimination and spread awareness of Middle-Eastern American culture. The director of the Office for New Americans will also serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of the commission.
These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.