AMPAL's Board of Directors


Mr. Jeff Armstrong (Muscatine, Iowa)

Mr. Armstrong is the Dean of Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa, USA. He has a Master degree in Instructional Design and Technology and will earn his Ph.D. in the spring of 2001. He has substantial experience in a number of international education projects and has traveled extensively. Mr. Armstrong is currently working on a project with the Center for Vocational Education in Madras, India. He is also working with Visita University in South Africa. His role is to facilitate the production of curriculum materials in a variety of content areas. These curriculum materials will be used by teachers and trainers associated with the Center and delivered to semi-literate and illiterate populations throughout Southeast India and South Africa. He is a strong internal and external promoter of international educational activities.


Mr. Tayseer Arouri (Ramallah, Palestine)

Mr. Arouri was born and attended school through high school in Burham (Ramallah), Palestine. He continued his education and obtained his Master degree in Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow State University (Lomonosov University, Moscow, Russia. Mr. Arouri is multi-lingual in Arabic, English, Russian and Hebrew. He currently resides with his family in Ramallah, Palestine, lecturing in physics and mathematics at Bir-Zeit University in Bir-Zeit, Palestine, and is also Assistant to the President of the University for Public Affairs.

Alongside Mr. Arouri's career in education, he is author of multitude of publications worldwide: Washington, DC; Moscow; Haifa; Jerusalem; Nicosia; Cyprus; Ramallah; and Vienna.

There has been distuptions during Mr. Arouri's teachings at Bir-Zeit University. In two separate instances, totaling almost five years (April 1974 through January 1978 and August 1988 through August 1989) he was held under administrative detention and was adopted prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. Once released in 1989, he was deported out of the country by force of a military order of the Israeli occupational forces. He spent the next four and 1/2 years in exile living in France and Jordan without his family.

Mr. Arouri has been very active in Palestinian rights in both his works and action. He has served on many committees at Bir-Zeit University including the Academic Committee for Student Prisoners from 1982-1986. Mr. Arouri was a member of the Palestinian Delegation for peace negotiations in Madrid and Washington from 1991-1993, and a member of the Palestinian Central Council (PCC) from 1991-1999. Currently, Mr. Arouri is a member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and serves on the educational committee as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center.

Dr. Don Betz (Edmond, Oklahoma)

Since 1982 Dr. Betz has worked for and with the United Nations in the creation and expansion of an important non-governmental organization (NGO) network pursuing peace in the Middle East. From 1982 through 1984 he served with the United Nations as Political and Liaison Officer focusing on the Question of Palestine. After leaving the United Nations he spearheaded the establishment and development of the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ICCP), a representative council that has served as an important connection between the United Nations and NGOs worldwide active on Middle East peace issues. He has served as the ICCP chairman since 1985, has chaired the United Nations-sponsored International NGO Meeting on the Question of Palestine for the past fifteen years and has appeared as an expert panelist and/or speaker at more than forty United Nations conferences, seminars and symposiums around the globe.

A frequent writer and speaker, Dr. Betz has addressed international, motivational and educational topics for twenty-nine years. He has worked with newspapers, radio and television in the United States and other countries addressing international leadership and educational issues.

Currently, Dr. Betz is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA. For the previous five years he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, USA. For twenty-three years he was connected with Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA, the capital of the Cherokee Indian Nation, where he served as Vice President of University Relations and Professor of Political Science. During his tenure he was also Director of the Sequoyah Institute and the founder and advisor of the university Leadership Class and its nationally recognized Model United Nations program. Dr. Betz was named the Recipient of the 1991 Medal of Excellence in University Teaching by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Dr. Betz received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. He has taught on three different semester voyages as a Visiting Professor with the University of Pittsburgh Semester-At-Sea program. In July 1999 he participated in Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management (IEM). Currently he and his wife, Susanne, reside in Edmond, Oklahoma and they have two children, Sarah 23 and Nick 19.

Mr. Nicola Dabit (Denver, Colorado)

Mr. Dabit was born in 1949 in Ramallah, Palestine to a Palestinian family who moved from Jaffa in 1948. In 1967 he graduated from the Friends Boys School in Ramallah. In 1972 he graduated from The American University of Beirut, Lebanon majoring in physics. In 1985 he received his Masters in Science Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He is currently a faculty member at the National American University in Denver, Colorado. He taught in the Physics Department in Bir-ziet University in Palestine from 1972-1991.

Socially Mr. Dabit has held an active membership in the Greek Orthodox Club in Ramallah. He has also been active in the Teachers Union in that area. Politically, the Israeli's Military forces detained him in 1978 for a year for his political activities. In 1988 he was detained administratively for six months. In 1989 he was interrogated for a month.

Although it may take time, he believes peace will prevail in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians, because it is the only way out of the cycle of violence.

Mr. Zuher Dabit (Auburn, New York)

Mr. Dabit was born in 1962 in Ramleh, Palestine to a politically aware and involved family. His father Fawuzi, who by that time had his share of political and economical persecution by the Israeli security forces, always stressed the importance of political enlightenment and involvement, particularly the tragedy that befell on the Palestinian people.

Mr. Dabit's involvement began as early as elementary school where distributing political literature and participation in marches was expected. In high school he held numerous positions in student government. As an undergraduate student at SUNY in Buffalo, New York, USA, he served as President of the Organization of Arab Students and as President of the Palestinian Students Association, respectively two terms each. As a graduate student, he was elected as Graduate Students Association's Vice President, representing over 6000 grad. students at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. He used his capacity as an elected officer to increase awareness on campus concerning Palestinian issues by sponsoring guest speakers and events. He earned his BA and MSc. from the University of Buffalo. Currently, he is Branch Manager with Combined Insurance Company of New York, a subsidiary of the AON corp.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem (Brooklyn, New York)

Rev. El-Yateem is the pastor and developer of the first official Arabic Lutheran Church in America located in Brooklyn, New York, USA serving the spiritual and social needs of the Arab community. Rev. El-Yateem carries a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He serves on many boards and committees in America and abroad. He supports peace, justice, equality and freedom to all nations and peoples of the world through his ministry and work.

Dr. Lily Feidy (Jerusalem, Palestine)

Dr. Feidy Ph.D. has twenty years of professional and educational experience in management, administration, planning and teaching coupled with hands-on exposure in the Middle East. From 1990-1991 she supervised 10 translators issuing news releases in Israeli media regarding the Israeli and Palestinian problem. She has since been working in education, most recently with the Ministry of Higher Education in Palestine as Director General for International and Cultural Relations. She is responsible for international and cultural relations and exchange programs with Arab and foreign countries, as well as international and local organizations. She is also responsible for the coordination and supervision of Palestinian cultural activities.

Dr. Feidy's expertise is quite broad. She has a sound and in-depth knowledge of the Palestinian society in general, and developmental needs in particular. Her professional knowledge encompasses management and planning of multi-disciplinary development projects in higher education as well as management of implementation of development projects in Palestine, design and implementation of project proposals [Arabic and Engl ish] for fund-raising purposes and experience in the development of international and cultural relationships in higher education.

Alongside her quest of a higher learning, Dr. Feidy has committed herself to many activities and organizations to assist others. Her professional activities include involvement in the UNESCO Fifth Annual Conference on Education in Paris, France; Reform Club Annual Conference in London, England; Karl Renner Annual Conference in Vienna, Austria; Berenschot Communicatie Seminar, The Hague, Netherlands; chairperson at the Fourth International Academic Conference in Birzeit, Palestine; Representative of Palestinian Universities in Cordoba, Spain; member of the Birzeit Delegation to the University of Oslo/Bergen, Norway and member of the Birzeit Delegation to the F. Ebert Conference on Women in Bonn, Germany; Applied Linguists Conference in Delaware, USA; Conference on Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Washington DC, USA; and several peace program seminars and conferences in Belgium, Spain and Japan . She is also a member of several committees in Palestine: chairperson of the Scholarship Committee with the Ministry of Higher Education; member of the Palestinian Committee for Scholarships with the President's Office; member of the Steering Committee of the Sector Working Group on Education with the Ministry of Education; and member of Preparatory Committee for the Second International Conference on Education. Her multi-lingual skills in Arabic, English as well as French and Spanish has assisted her in the public relations necessary for her to carry out her work.

Ms. Ghada Hammouri (Brooklyn, New York)

Ms. Hammouri resides in the metropolitan area of New York, New York, USA. She was born in Jerusalem, Palestine where she received her education. She joined the Palestinian Student Union when she was fourteen years old. Later she was one of five students who founded the Palestinian Student Committee.

Ms. Hammouri moved to United States in 1983. She earned her BS in Computer Science/Math then continued her education in medical lab technology becoming a cancer research specialist. She was an active Palestinian student in the United States and served on the Board of the Palestinian Student Union in the United States in 1984. She has been active with the "Friends of the Palestinian Medical Relief Committee" in the United States. In 1987, she went back to Jerusalem and worked for one year during the Palestinian uprising with the Agricultural Relief Committee.

Dr. Samir Khabbaz (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania)

Dr. Khabbaz graduated from Friend's school in Ramallah, Palestine in 1949. He taught at a refugee camp in Jericho for approximately six months, and then came to the United States to continue his education. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.

Dr. Khabbaz accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Except for the three years during which he was on leave, and which were spent at Yale University and the University of Liverpool in Liverpool, England, he has mainly resided in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Khabbaz served as President of the Arab American Association of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA from 1979-1980. Currently he is a member of the American of Arabic Heritage organization.

Dr. Khabbaz helped found the Arab Journal of Mathematics, the first journal in mathematics to represent the combined efforts of all Arab countries. The first volume appeared in 1980.

Dr. Khabbaz coordinates two radio programs, which are aired each week. The purpose of these programs is to bring Arabic culture and music to the people of Lehigh Valley.

Dr. Lisa Zaynab Killinger (Rapids City, Illinois)

Dr. Killinger is a 1983 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa and joined the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in 1994 as a research instructor. She has authored and co-authored 20 papers and is published in peer-reviewed journals. She has presented her research at numerous interdisciplinary conferences including the American Society on Aging, the Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team Conference, the National Council on Aging, and the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Dr. Killinger currently teaches at Palmer College, has served as the faculty senate Vice President from 1997-1999, and is the Palmer College representative to the American Association of University Women.

In 1999, Dr. Killinger was elected as the Secretary to the Chiropractic Health Care Section of the APHA (the second largest patient advocacy organization in the US). She also currently works as a consultant for the US Government's Health Resources and Services Administration's Chiropractic Program.

Dr. Killinger and her family are active members of the Quad City Muslim Community, and regular attendees of the Islamic Center of the Quad Cities. She currently serves as President of the Quad Cities World Affairs Council; an organization dedicated to enhancing international awareness through educational and cultural activities. Dr. Killinger has visited the Middle East and Indo-Pakistani subcontinent, as well as England and North America.

Dr. Jamal Nassar (Normal, Illinois)

Jamal R. Nassar is professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, professor Nassar earned a B.A. from Jacksonville University in 1972, an M.A. from the University of South Florida in 1974 and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1978.

Since joining the faculty at Illinois State in 1978, professor Nassar has established himself as a leading authority on the politics of the Middle East. His many publications include such books as Intifada: Palestine at the Crossroads, The Palestine Liberation Organization: From Armed Struggle to the Declaration of Independence, and Change Without Borders: The Third World at the End of the Twentieth Century. Many of his articles, chapters and reviews have appeared in highly rated publications and have been translated to about a dozen other languages. Dr. Nassar has chaired a number of national and international conferences on the Middle East.

In 1987, professor Nassar was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to teach on the West Bank. Between 1991 and 1995, he served as editor of Arab Studies Quarterly and he currently serves on its editorial board as he does on the boards of other distinguished journals on the Middle East region. Dr. Nassar shares his knowledge of the region's politics through speeches and interviews. He has addressed the United Nations as an expert on the Question of Palestine, and was consulted or has appeared as an expert witness on the area in highly visible court cases in the United States and Canada.

In addition to being a noted scholar, professor Nassar has an impressive teaching record. Dr. Nassar was the recipient of the Alumni Association's Outstanding University Teacher Award in 1993-1994. His dedication to his students and his commitment to challenging their minds earns him their respect even long after they graduate. His involvement in theses committees and independent work with students makes him one of the most active teachers around.

Professor Nassar is also active in University governance. He has served on many committees in his Department, College and the University at large.

Ms. Sara Reschly (Mount Pleasant, Iowa)

Ms. Reschly is from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, USA. She has been a full-time member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) since January 1997. She has spent much of that time with the CPT project in Hebron, Palestine. She is firmly committed to nonviolence and puts those skills to work through intervention of crisis conditions in Hebron. She has served as the team coordinator, and written numerous stories about conditions there.

Ms. Reschly's work in Hebron has included accompaniment of children threatened with attack by Jewish settlers, advocacy for Palestinians whose homes come under attack by residents or nearby settlements, and direct action in response to bombings, collective punishment, house demolitions and violations of the Oslo Peace Accords.

Dr. Darrell Yeaney (Iowa City, Iowa)

Dr. Yeaney Ph.D., is currently Acting Executive Presbyter for the East Iowa Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prior to his present position, he served for 36 years as University Chaplain at universities in Emporia, Kansas, USA; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Santa Cruz, California, USA; and Iowa City, Iowa, USA. Along with his wife Sue, he currently coordinates the Iowa City Interfaith Group for Peace and Justice in the Middle East. Dr. Yeaney and his wife have led a number of study/service tours to the Middle East and have been active in seeking a balanced U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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