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

Board Chair

Galen Burghardt
Financial Research

Board Vice​​​​​​ Chair and Treasurer

John Cassel
Adult Educator 


Ms. Diane Fite

Case Hoogendoorn
Attorney, Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP ​ 

Mary Bigelow


Pauline Coffman,  Ed.D.
Adult Educator

Peg Griffiths,  Ph.D.

Senior Psychologist

Mai Khader Kakish

PR Consultant

Ms. Rima Kapitan


Ms.  Miranda Janan Kharsa

Public Policy Research

Ms. Heidi Levin


Amelia Miller

Infant Specialist

Senator John Millner
Former IL State Senator​


Haifa Bautista (New York)

Alvin Beatty (Evanston)

Birch Burghardt (Evanston)

Charlene Cepek  (Indian Head Park)

Anne Cordes (Evanston)

Dorian Dickinson (Wheaton)

Anne Fortin (Biet Sahour)

Alice Haznedl (Lake in the Hills)

Tom Jersild (Wilmette)

Marlys Conrad and Greg Jorjorian (Evanston)

Linda Knutson (Sarasota)

Ann Legg (Woodstock)

Jeff Lehn (Wilmette)

Verniel Lundquist (Evanston)

Laurie Lyter Bright (Denver)

Nasser Nabhan

Paul Parker,  Ph.D. 

Elizabeth Trost

Board Emerita
​Colette Burke Blan
Health Care Consultant

Colleen Jersild
Independent Crafts Professional

Kathleen Matsushima,  D. Min.
Retired Pastor and educator


​​Estephan Salameh,  Ph.D.
Co-founder of Seraj/ Adviser to the Palestinain Prime Minister and an adjunct professor at Birzeit University.

Laurie Salameh
Co-founder and Director 

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).

Akira and Kathleen Matsushima (Williamsburg, VA)

Alan Miller (Arrowsic, ME)

Dr.  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 & Alice Valaskovic (Chicago)

James and Mary Eleanor Wall (Elmhurst)

Joe Weaver (Lombard)

​David & Jennifer Wood (Glencoe)

Seraj Library Users

The U.S. Seraj Board

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

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.

Seraj Governance U.S.