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Embracing Life Program Staff

Dana AwwadDana Awwad, ELP Program Manager (Washington, DC)
Dana is a health professional with seven years of experience in the health sector in Palestine and the United States. She graduated from Birzeit University with a degree in biology. As a Fulbright Scholar she traveled to the United States to receive her master’s degree from Iowa State University in genetics with a thesis on cancer vaccines. After her graduation, she worked as a research associate in Ames, Iowa at NewLink Genetics Corporation. In 2008, Dana returned to Ramallah, Palestine to establish and head the Biology Research Laboratory at Pharmacare, PLC. Dana and her team researched Palestinian herbs for anti-cancer activity for four years. In 2012, she became the Executive Director of the Palestinian Cleft Society where she established the Society to become a sustainable healthcare organization and a medical center, and then in 2014 she became UPA’s Programs Manager Consultant at our office in Ramallah. As a volunteer, Dana assisted in establishing Dunya Cancer Clinic in Ramallah and served as a board member of the YWCA Ramallah Chapter and the YWCA Council of Palestine.

Israa AkoubaIsraa Akouba, ELP West Bank Feeding Specialist
Israa Akouba was hired by UPA in Fall 2016 and is currently training toward becoming an ELP Independent Feeding Specialist.  Ms. Akouba received her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Science from An-Najah National University in 2016, Nablus, West Bank. She has three years of experience in dealing with patients who have cleft lip and cleft palate. She volunteered her time to conduct surveys with families of these patients in the West Bank for the Congenital Anomalies Database and was trained to show mothers how to feed their infants with clefts and craniofacial anomalies and what feeding supplies to use. She currently lives in Nablus.

Moath TayemMoath Tayem, ELP West Bank Research and Clinical Coordinator
Moath Tayem received his Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Science from An-Najah National University in 2016, Nablus, West Bank. Mr. Tayem has considerable experience in coordinating different events. He has coordinated educational workshops and awareness campaigns in the West Bank as well as a summer camp for medical students in Jordan. In 2014, Mr. Tayem has volunteered his time to conduct surveys with families of patients with congenital anomalies in the West Bank for the Congenital Anomalies Database. Mr. Tayem’s passion is to serve people and leave a footprint in the world through science and education. He currently lives in Nablus.