School Board and committees

Arizona Cultural Academy is supported by several committees of volunteers who do their best to keep the Arizona Cultural Academy moving in the right direction. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Arizona Cultural Academy, or if you would like further information call ACA or contact us.

Board of Benefactors

The ACA Board meets once a month. The minutes of open session meeting are available for public viewing and placed on the board's billboard, at the office.


Dr. Salaheddine Tomeh

  • ACA Board member since it's inception in 1996
  • Certified by American Board of Surgery 1979
  • Vascular Surgeon in private practice the Phoenix area since1981
  • Chairman of Islamic Community Center of Phoenix 1985-1989.
  • Chairman of Islamic Cultural Center in Tempe1989-1990
  • Proud ACA grandparent
  • Umair2


    Br. Umair Khan

    Member at large

  • Br. Umair is Vice President of Product Management at Accolade
  • Br. Umair's career includes growth strategy roles at G.E.
  • Holds an MBA from Harvard Business School
  • cortez

    Sr. Sekar Cortes

  • Proud parent and supporter of ACA since 2004
  • PTA President from 2005 to 2007
  • NCA member from 2005 to 2007
  • School Council member from 2005-2007
  • CAIR-AZ Treasurer from 2005 to November 2007
  • Agricultural Engineer, Hasanuddin University, Indonesia.
  • MBA, University of Phoenix,AZ
  • Doctoral Learner, University of Phoenix, AZ
  • President & Owner of Cortes Engineering, Inc
  • susany

    Sr. Suzanne Bassal
    Legal Council

  • Earned Juris Doctor Degree from University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Host and Co-Producer of ART's, What's Happening, Television Show
  • Former Member of CNN's White House Unit
  • Former Member of White House Correspondent's Association
  • Former Member of House of Representatives Radio-Television Correspondents
  • Covered several Presidential events, Inauguration and UN Peace Summit
  • Published wires and stories on
  • Proud ACA parent


    Sr. Sarah Qureshi

    Member at large


  • Supporter of ACA since 2000
  • Proud former parent of ACA 2000-2007
  • ACA Parent Council 2004 - 2006
  • ACA Finance Committee Chair 2002-2004
  • Adjunct Political Science Professor at Chandler Gilbert Community College 2010 - present
  • Social Studies Chairperson and acting Vice Principal at Local Charter High School 1998-2008
  • First Muslim Girl Scout troop co-founder 2008
  • SECCOON Board Member 2010-2013
  • Steering Committee Member “For Our City” Chandler 2011
  • Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant Arizona State University 1994-1995
  • Community College Certification for Life
  • Secondary Social Studies Education Certification
  • SEI Endorsement
  • North Central Association Certification
  • Great Books Certification
  • Bachelor of Science Political Science Arizona State University
  • Master of Arts International Relations Arizona State University
  • zayed

    Zayed Al-Sayyed
    Member at large

  • Practicing Attorney in the Phoenix Area
  • Earned Juris Doctor Degree from Phoenix School of Law in 2012
  • Master's Degree in Taxation from Arizona State University in 2010
  • Graduated from ACA's first Senior graduate class in 2006
  • ACA student since its inception in 2001
  • Committees


    Mrs. Sekar Cortes - Chairperson


    Dr. El Badawy Elsharawy - Chairman
    Dr. Salaheddine Tomeh


    Public Relations & Information


    Chairperson: Mrs. Sekar Cortes
    Members: Sr. Neelo Yunus, Sr. Veneranda Sanchez, Sr. Hana Khorchid, Muhammad Kaleem Butt.

    Committee Mission:

    To provide accurate information on a regular basis through publication, announcement, website, power point presentation, video documentary, and ACA events.

    (The committee meets as needed.)

    © Arizona Cultural Academy 2016
    7810 S 42nd place | Phoenix, AZ 85042 | Phone 602-454-1222 | Fax 602-453-3222