EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FOUNDER
Nadine Jawad is a graduate of the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She was awarded and accepted the Rhodes and Truman Scholarships and will be studying at the University of Oxford, England from 2018-2020. Nadine’s motivation behind founding Books for a Benefit was her love for books and her belief in the ability for anyone to find love for reading if given the best opportunity to do so. She says, “Helping students find the right books and giving them fun spaces to work in can longitudinally impact their desire to read.” She believes that schools are the foundation of all other aspects of society and it is our duty to do our part in empowering the students of our community.
ADVISER TO ANN ARBOR CHAPTER
After graduating in 2015 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience, Danny served as an AmeriCorps College Adviser in Flint. Currently, he works at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor supporting first-year underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation college students. By being immersed in the front lines of public education, receiving guidance from a national non-profit affiliate, and seeing the implications of policy in an institution like a school, Danny eventually seeks to pursue an MPP degree. He became involved in Books for a Benefit after fully seeing that his work in higher education as detached from the greater fight for education inequity in Southeast Michigan. By serving on the non-profit side and overseeing the Ann Arbor chapter’s, he hopes to implement his previous practitioner knowledge into continued community partnership and meaningful praxis.
I am currently attending the University of Michigan- Dearborn with a major in Liberal Studies, focusing on Digital Marketing, Applied Art, Journalism and Screen Studies (click here). In addition, I have an Internship at Piximotion, gaining valuable skills in marketing with an emphasis on social media. Piximotion is a digital marketing company with services in website design, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and analytics. I first heard of Books for a Benefit in 2015. Later, I began volunteering to help the non-profit organization spread their message to bring awareness of reading. This is because reading is the first step of knowledge, especially for children. My passion for Books for a Benefit coupled with my creativity, marketing education and experience led me to serve in this position.
Zainab Beydoun-Jawad is an ESL teacher at Riverside Middle School, where she has taught for the last 5 years. She studied education and obtained her dual masters in English as a Second Language as well as in Reading. She also teaches night classes at Henry Ford College in the ELI Department. She is passionate about equal access to educational opportunity.
Theresa Smart is a part of our library staff. She is a graduate of U of M- Dearborn with a Bachelor’s degree in English. By day she is a mild-mannered data analyst for a local automotive supplier; by weekend she is a Books for a Benefit library organizer. She believes that the most successful people are those that read everything, and anything, they can get their hands on. For some of the children we help, these will be the only books they will ever call their own. For some they will find the inspiration to go on and do amazing things. But for a great many, as they were for her, they are a way to escape, to paraphrase George R.R. Martin, I have lived a thousand lives through books.
Nadine Yassin majored in Accounting and is a 2018 graduate of the University of Michigan Dearborn Business School. She accepted a full-time position with Masco Corporation, which is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of brand-name products for home improvement and new home construction. At the same time, she will be studying to sit for the CPA exam in 2019. Nadine became involved in BFB because she believes that every individual should have a chance to read freely in the most comfortable and safe environment. She says that BFB gives children the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills by being able to find a quiet place and find their passion for reading books. Books for a Benefit could be a child’s next step into his/her future, and that is what drove her the most.
EXECUTIVE PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Karim Kadouh is the Executive Program Assistant at Books for a Benefit. He is currently a freshman at Dearborn High School located in Dearborn, Michigan. He has volunteered at the volunteered at the Islamic Center of America for over 3 years. He would like to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan to obtain his undergraduate degree. His position at Books for a Benefit is to manage all technological elements (including this website) for our organization. He loves Books for a Benefit because every child should have the right and privilege to read. Unfortunately, a lot of underprivileged communities can not afford to buy their children books. That’s where Books for a Benefit comes in; we provide kids with books, goal setting, and sometimes we even build libraries in underprivileged communities!
ADVISER TO THE COMMUNITY CHAPTER
Kayla Bomeli is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a current student in the Accelerated Master’s Program at the UM School of Education. After completion of her teaching certificate program, she wishes to pursue a career in education, from teaching to policy reform. Kayla’s greatest passion is education and thus looks forward to a fulfilling her life with educational advocacy. As a three year member of the executive board of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor chapter of Books for a Benefit, Kayla spent the majority of her time working with schools to put on Literacy Days and sustaining tutoring programming. In her new position as Advisor to the Community Chapter, Kayla looks forward to continuing her work with BFB by serving as a liaison for the next generation of educational advocates. Every student — no matter their gender, race, or socioeconomic background — deserves to have someone who values their education. What Kayla loves most about BFB is that it contains team of individuals who do just that.