Board of Directors

Carol J. Kenner


Carol is President of Friends of Kayany, Inc.

She was Chief Judge of the bankruptcy court of Massachusetts, and Chief Judge of the bankruptcy appellate panel for the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a founding member and former Vice President and Board member of the Women’s Bar Association. Carol was also the Chair of the Advisory Committee on financial education at the Federal Judicial Center.

She was also a member of the Executive Committee and a Board member of the Guild for Human Services, a nonprofit organization that provides special educational services and residential services for children, teens and young adults.

She is a member of the Executive Committee, and also a Board Member, of CapeAbilities Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts that educates, counsels, and provides residential, therapeutic, social and employment support for individuals with disabilities.

Aida Sharabati Shawwaf


Aida is a strong advocate for women’s education in the Middle East.  She helped establish Effat University, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – the first liberal arts college for women in the Kingdom.  She has served as a member of the Board of the Near East Foundation, the United States’ oldest non-sectarian international development organization, supporting the training of women’s associations in Palestine, Jordan and Morocco.

She is a founding member of Kayany Foundation, which builds and operates schools for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, including two schools for girls established with grants from the Malala Fund.

She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Lebanese American University’s Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World.

Wassim Rasamny

Wassim is a longtime investor in global biotechnology and medical device companies, as well as an avid and widely acknowledged collector of international contemporary art.  He was instrumental in organizing the Syri-Arts auction in 2013 that benefitted Syrian refugee children.

He is a major benefactor of a large orphanage center in Lebanon, and has established and provides ongoing funding for twelve high school and college scholarships for Lebanese students every year.

In addition, he is a benefactor of Ain owe Zein Hospital, where he has enabled new construction, and where he has also established scholarships for students in the nursing school.

He is a graduate of New York University.

Bandar S. Shawwaf

Bandar is Treasurer of Friends of Kayany, Inc.

He is a graduate of Amherst College, and holds graduate degrees from Goldsmiths, University of London, and Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Previously he worked as a congressional liaison in Washington, DC, and before that at a communications firm where he focused on government and media relations for Middle Eastern clients.

Gail S. Gabriel

Gail is an attorney, mediator and teacher in Massachusetts.

She is formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk, Middlesex and Plymouth Counties, Chief Counsel to the Division of Professional Licensure, Legal Counsel to the Cambridge City Solicitor, and an Assistant Attorney General, where she grant-funded and managed Mediation Programs throughout the communities and District Courts of the Commonwealth.

She was a partner in the law firm of Keith, Reed, Wheatley and Frenette and currently serves on the Medical Tribunal Board and volunteers with the Women’s Bar Association, Domestic Violence Project.

She began her teaching career in 2009 and has concentrated in Boston Area mission driven schools predominantly with professional studies and International programs, teaching law, business and government related courses, as well as public speaking and freshmen seminars.

She served as the Director of the Mount Ida College First Year Experience Task Force in 2012, develops training and workshops for faculty, has been an instructor at Tufts University Experimental College, Bay State, Fisher and MassBay Community Colleges, the Cambridge Police Academy, and MA Continuing Legal Education, Inc.

She is a frequent guest lecturer in many colleges and universities, including Morehouse College Semester at Sea Enrichment Program, has conducted community outreach, education and training programs for the Attorney General, Commonwealth of MA, City of Cambridge, and many professional and trade organizations. Professor Gabriel served on the Governor’s Legal Education Task Force for Government Lawyers and serves on the Boards of several nonprofit and educational organizations.