Seraj Library Users

Seraj Library Project is governed by a U.S. Board and a Palestinian Advisory Council.  The U.S. Board is recruited from folks who have championed the cause of Palestinian education and civic development.  The Advisory Council is made up of representatives from each of the Seraj libraries and it serves to coordinate and enhance the services of all the libraries.

Gratefully, the U.S. work of the Board is supported by many volunteers - please  contact us  if you would like to volunteer your services in support of our mission.

The Palestinian Advisory Council

Seraj Governance

The U.S. Seraj Board

​​​Co-chair and Treasurer

John Cassel
Adult Educator 


Pauline Coffman,  Ed.D.
Adult Educator


Paul Parker,  Ph.D. 
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Religious Studies, Elmhurst College

Case Hoogendoorn
Attorney, Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP ​ 

Mary Bigelow


Galen Burghardt
Financial Research Director 

Colette Burke Blan

Health Care Consultant

Peg Griffiths,  Ph.D.

Senior Psychologist

Colleen Jersild

Independent Crafts Professional

Mai Khader Kakish

PR Consultant

Amelia Miller

Infant Specialist

Elizabeth Trost


Senator John Millner
Former IL State Senator

Board Emeritus/Emeritas

​Kathleen Matsushima,  D. Min.
Retired Pastor and educator

James Wall, Former Seraj Chair
Former United Methodist Pastor  

Senior Contributing Editor, Christian Century Magazine

Mary Eleanor Kidder Wall

Senior Housing Administrator


​​Estephan Salameh,  Ph.D.
Co-founder of Seraj/ Advisor to the Prime Minister, Palestine 

Laurie Salameh
Co-founder and Director 

Seraj Directors & Staff

  Ms. Laurie Salameh
  Co-founder and Director 

  Ms. Fidaa Ataya

​  Program Coordinator

Advisory Council meets in 2015

Ms. Ghadeer AbuMiriam, Burham and Jibyia library

Dr. Abdel Fattah Abusrour, Aida refugee camp library

Ms. Tablegh Ataya, Kufor Ni'ameh library

Mr. Johny Kort, Taybeh library

Ms. Lubna Salameh, Jifna library

Mr. Hassan Zaban, Clyde M Campbell Library at Al-Mizra Al-Sharqiyyeh

Ms. Rabab Zaid, Deir Amar refugee camp library