The U.S.  Advisory Council (new in 2018)

​​​​​​Co-chair and Treasurer

John Cassel
Adult Educator 


Co-chair

Pauline Coffman,  Ed.D.
Adult Educator

​Secretary

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


Case Hoogendoorn
Attorney, Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP ​ 


Mary Bigelow

Artist


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

Educator


Senator John Millner
Former IL State Senator




Orayb Najjar (Chicago)

Rima Najjar Kapitan (Chicago)

Linda Pierce (Springfield)

Lynn Pollack (Evanston)

Scott Romans (Evanston)

Estephan and Laurie Salameh (Jerusalem)

Dr. Ghada Talhami (Evanston)

Ed Thompson (Glenview)

Dale Valaskovic (Chicago)

James and Mary Eleanor Wall (Elmhurst)

Carol and Joe Weaver (Lombard)

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,  www.WallWritings.me

Mary Eleanor Kidder Wall
Senior Housing Administrator 

Co-Founders

​​Estephan Salameh,  Ph.D.
Co-founder of Seraj/ Senior adviser at the United Nations Development Program in Jerusalem and an adjunct professor at Birzeit University.


Laurie Salameh
Co-founder and Director 

Seraj Library Users

The Seraj US Board, with Laurie & Estephan in June 2018

Seraj Governance U.S.

The U.S. Seraj Board

Birch Burghardt (Evanston)

Anne Cordes (Evanston

Dorian Dickinson (Wheaton)

Diane Fite (Glenview)

Tom Jersild (Wilmette)

Marlys Conrad and Greg Jorjorian (Evanston)

Jeff Lehn (Wilmette)

Verniel Lundquist (Evanston)

Laurie Lyter Bright (Denver)

Akira and Kathleen Matsushima (Williamsburg, VA)

Alan Miller (Arrowsic, ME)



The Council will serve to strengthen the connection between our supporters and Seraj.   Current members include:  (let us know if you have an interest in this endeavor).

Seraj Library Project is governed by a U.S. Board and a Palestinian Advisory Board.  The U.S. Board is recruited from folks who have championed the cause of Palestinian education and civic development.  


The Project in Palestine is governed by an Advisory Board.  See the Palestinian  governance side here.


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.