Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Joyce has been the Director of RFS since 2004 and is an alumnus (Class of 1983). Joyce graduated from Oakland University in Detroit, Michigan and received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate School in California. Joyce has over 27 years of development and management experience. She is in charge of the strategic management of both the Lower and Upper school campuses, including strategic planning and academics, budgeting, fundraising and development. Joyce manages the implementation of large-scale grants and controls budgets amounting to over $5 million annually. Before joining RFS, Joyce spent 15 years at the senior management level with international development and relief organizations, including the United Nations and at Oxfam, as the representative to Israel and Palestine. Joyce spends her time between Palestine and the United States and is married with three boys, two of which graduated from RFS.
Max L. Carter recently retired as the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College. He taught at the Friends Boys School 1970-72, having learned about Quaker work in Palestine from his Aunt Annice Carter, who served for many years in Ramallah between 1929 and 1967. Together with his wife Jane, he leads annual work/study groups to Palestine. Their daughter, Maia Hallward, taught at the Friends Schools 1998-2000. In his work at Guilford College, Max has helped bring many Palestinian students to the College and has arranged for numerous programs about Palestine. Max attended Ball State University as an undergraduate, received a Masters in ministry at Earlham School of Religion, and earned a Ph.D. in American Religious History at Temple University.
Mazen is a RFS alumna and “lifer” who graduated in 1971. Mazen is a civil engineer with over 40 years of experience in engineering, construction, and management of infrastructure projects for water, road works, environmental projects, petrochemical projects and heavy civil engineering projects. He has built roads, bridges and high-rise office and hotel towers throughout the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Yemen, Palestine, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Mazen served as the Country Manager for Morgani Group in Palestine and worked for the Consolidated Contractor Group CCC in Athens, Qatar and Shanghi. Mazen is presently the Managing Director at the Bethlehem Development Foundation. Mazen is married with three children, all graduates of the RFS. Mazen rejoined the Board in 2015, after previously serving from 2005 to 2008.
Rana has a PhD is in Pharmaceutical Policy and Management from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Previously, Rana served as a trainer, researcher, Associate Professor and Director of the Community and Public Health Institute at Berzeit University. For nearly five years she has served as the Director of Research and Planning at the Welfare Association – a major development organization operating in Palestine and the Middle East. Rana is a progressive thinker, planner and strategic manager. She is community oriented and is well connected to international development agencies in Palestine. Rana is married and an active parent with three children all attending RFS.
Dina received her MS in Environmental Studies and her MBA in Finance from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Having worked at Manufacturers Hanover Bank in New York City for three years in the early nineties, Dina relocated to the United Kingdom to manage the family office there. In 1995, she moved to Palestine where she participated in the establishment of several businesses across various sectors, including FMCG, beverages, construction, and vehicle trading. Currently, she is a board member of various public and private-shareholding companies in Palestine. Through the Munib R. Masri Development Foundation, Dina is actively involved in philanthropic activities and supports numerous charities and cultural initiatives. Dina is married (to a RFS Alumnus) and has her four children attending RFS. Dina joined the Board in 2014.
Hashim Shawa is a banker, a philanthropist and a financial leader in Palestine. He earned his BS (Hons), from the University College of London in 1997, and began his banking career at Citigroup. He held management positions in Corporate and Private Banking in the United King, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. In 2005, Hashim joined HSBC, Switzerland, as Director of Middle East and North Africa business. In 2007, he returned to Palestine and joined the Bank of Palestine (BoP) as Chairman and General Manager. Under his leadership, BoP was named the number one bank in Palestine by several prestigious international institutions. Under his leadership, BoP has taken Corporate Social Responsibility to a new level—ensuring that the bank dedicates more than $1.7 million annually towards the betterment of society.
Hashim is also a member of Emerging Markets Advisory Council at the International Institute of Finance in Washington DC, serves on the Board of Directors for InvestBank, Jordan, the Palestine Institute for Financial and Banking Studies, Secretary-General and the International Chamber of Commerce. Hahim is a member of the board of trustees at both Bethlehem and Birzeit universities. Hashim is married with two daughters attending RFS. Hashim joined the RFS Board in 2014.
Samer is an Alumnus of RFS (class of 1977) and has served as the Clerk of the Board of Trustees since 2004. He holds a B.A. degree in political science and political theory from George Washington University, an M.A. in International Relations from the David M. Kennedy Center of Brigham Young University, and an Advanced Degree in Law, Economics, and Psychology from Loughborough Technical College, England. Samer is a businessman and senior manager of an insurance agency in Ramallah and previously worked for the World Health Organization in the West Bank. Samer is married with two children who both graduated from RFS.
Marwan Tarazi is the Director of the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) and the Center of Excellence at Birzeit University. The mission of CCE is institutional capacity building with a focus on educational reform and community empowerment by spearheading learning innovation in Palestine. Marwan lived in North America in the 1980s and early 90s. Upon his return to Palestine, he was struck by the alarming status of education in the region and the seeming hopelessness of reforming it. He recognized that the only solution is through innovation and outside-the-box designs built for the local context and engineered to work with the available capacities and resources. Marwan holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Kellog’s School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a RFS Alumnus and volunteered at the school as a teacher in 1991. Marwan is married with three children, two of which are currently enrolled at the school and another who graduated in 2015. Marwan helped established the RFS Outing (trekking) club and served on the PTA before joining the Board in 2014.