BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hassan Aljanabi is originally from Iraq. He is a civil engineer with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He is currently working as a design engineer at a construction companon.
Jessica Gallinatti is a Risk Management Analyst for the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad with a Philosophy degree and Certificate in Writing for Interactive Media from Purdue University Calumet. She is attending Indiana University Northwest for her Master’s in Business Administration. She currently holds the position of Communications Coordinator for United Nations affiliate Play for Peace and Chicago Alumnae Panhellenic Delegate for Alpha Omicron Pi.
Hazem Isawi is an attorney with experience in administrative, environmental, and business law matters and related litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mohammed is originally from Baghdad, lraq. At age 18, he worked as an Arabic-English interpreter in a joint Iraqi-American military command until fall 2007 when he won a full scholarship at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. After earning his degree in economics, he worked in Houston then moved to Chicago where he currently works in finance and IT consulting at Accenture. Mohammed is also involved with multiple local and international aid organizations including International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Mercy Corps, and Kiva. He is motivated by his personal struggles as a young immigrant to help refugees, especially young professionals and students, acclimate to their new homeland in the United States through IMAS activities and engagements.
Rawa Pendergrass, and is originally from Baghdad Iraq. She has been living in the United States for about 12 years and currently lives in Aurora, IL. Rawa has 13 years of experience doing community building activities that are related to the empowerment and virtues training of children, youth, and junior youth. She has done these activities in various countries of the world, in villages, cites and neighborhoods. She very strongly believes that the new generations are the foundation of our future. They are the pillars that we can depend on to building a better human society that is founded on peace, love and unity. Rawa works with other interested individuals of diverse backgrounds from the local populations, and through this she has grown teams of volunteers that are capable of caring out this work along with her. Rawa desires to contribute to helping the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society towards a common vision of helping to stabilize and bring hope, education, and a new view of life, to this population.
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Senior Service Operations Engineer at Nokia
Vice President at Northern Trust
SANDRA FRANTZEN, JD
Shareholder of McAndrews Held & Malloy
Office of Language and Cultural Education & Chicago Public Schools/Refugee Program Initiatives
Assistant Director & Immigration at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Partner, Daley Mohan Groble
Managing Director at Upwardly Global
Strategy and Marketing Consultant
MANDY TERC, PHD
Director, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani Center for Entrepreneurship in the Middle East, DePaul University
CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL MEMBERS
DR. KHOSHABA JASIM
DR. FUAD RIDJA