Our Staff


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Executive Director, Founder

Nadine Jawad

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.


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Chief of Staff

America Yahya

My name is America Yahya and I was born and raised in Southwest Detroit. I'm currently a sophomore studying Social Work at Wayne State University. Books For a Benefit was introduced to me by my sister who knew very well about my passion for books, literacy, and community empowerment. As the Chief of Staff, I will make it a priority to ensure communication between members and departments of Books for a Benefit as clear, effective, and efficient. I hope to create value during my time with Books for a Benefit as I'm confident it will for me.


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Adviser to Ann ARBOR chapter

Danny Park

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. 


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digital marketer

Sahar Mashhour

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 herd 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. 


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General Advisor

Zainab Beydoun-Jawad

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.


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General Advisor 

Kerri Moccio

I have been an Elementary Reading Specialist for 25 years and have been teaching at Bedford Elementary in Dearborn Heights School District #7 for the last 23 of those years. I am a Board of Education trustee for Milan Area Schools, the co-founder of the Book Fairy Pantry Project at Aid in Milan, a 2017 Michigan Excellence in Education award winner, and an honoree in the Take a Stand Center at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. I became active in Books for a Benefit because I have witnessed the power, the joy, and the opportunity that begins placing books into children's hands. I strongly feel that literacy can never be a compromise and it is therefore our duty to effect change for our children by transforming the "what is" into the "what should be."


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librarian

Theresa Smart

I woke up one morning and realized that the change I wanted to see in the world began with me. It was in that moment that I decided to go back to school and prove that nothing is impossible. And like that decision, I asked to be a part of Books for a Benefit; to further facilitate that change. Because an enlightened mind is an inspired mind, and that, is the recipe for greatness. 


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Treasurer 

Nadine Yassin

I am a senior at U of M- Dearborn majoring in Accounting and inspiring in CPA. I am also an Accounting Intern at Masco Corporation. I became involved in Books for a Benefit because of all the smiles and hope it has brought to many children around us. Books for a Benefit is an organization that I look up to. It shows how much little effort and time from individuals can mean the world to someone else. It amazed me to see Books for a Benefit expand as much as it has, and that played a big role in me to get involved.


Adviser to Ann ARBOR chapter

Kayla Bomeli

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 of team of individuals who do just that.