Board of Trustees

Mohamed Etman
Board Chair
Strategic Planning Chair

Mohamed Etman is a NHS Pasadena alumni and parent who works as a Real Estate Agent for Kobeissi Properties in La Canada. He joined the NHS Pasadena board of trustees in 2013. Mohamed has his MBA in Business Information Systems and Finance and is a long time community member and active volunteer. He has deep ties to the school and its vision. His wife, Misbah, is also a NHS alumni. The Etmans have two little daughters -- one who is currently attending NHS.

Ruba Alami
Vice Chair
Finance Committee Member
Strategic Planning Committee

Ruba Alami is a proud parent of two NHS students. She has over 12 years of experience in the field of public accounting and finance. Ruba joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently serves on the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. She grew up in Jerusalem and is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington DC. She resides in Pasadena with her husband, Dr. Ayman Saad, and her two daughters Nour and Serene. 

Hala Alfi

Governance Committee Chair
Strategic Planning Committee

Hala Alfi has been an active member of NHS Pasadena since its inception in 1984, helping establish the PTO and serving as the Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2013.  Hala has also served on the boards of the Islamic Center of Southern California, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the MPAC Foundation. Simultaneously, Hala worked in the area of financial oversight and corporate compliance at the clinical laboratory Alfigen, Inc for the past 25 years. All five of Hala’s sons attended NHS Pasadena and she continues to volunteer at the school. She resides in Glendale with her husband, Doug Burpee, and recently became a proud grandmother.

Farah Bhatti
Development Committee Chair

Farah Bhatti and her family moved to Pasadena in 2005, where she immediately became an involved parent at New Horizon School.  She and her husband have three children who all began their education at New Horizon. Farah’s volunteer involvement includes being a room parent, box tops coordinator, PTO scrip coordinator (2009-2013), PTO President (2012-2014), and most recently she joined as the chair of development on the NHS Pasadena board of trustees. Farah is a Canadian and graduated from Dalhousie University with a BScin Biology and a degree in dental hygiene.
Hala Karam
Finance Committee
Strategic Planning Committee

Hala Karam is the Southern California Account Executive for Gemini Bio-Products and began serving as a NHS Pasadena board of trustee member in 2014.  She holds an M.S. in Toxicology from North Carolina State University.  Hala joined NHS Pasadena as a parent in 1998 and also worked for the school as the Development Director/Admissions Director for 5 years.  Both her daughters, Yasmeen and Shereen, are graduates of NHS Pasadena.  She has also worked on the staff of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and served on the boards of both the Muslim Public Affairs Council and MPAC Foundation.  Hala is a longtime member of the Islamic Center of Southern California and resides in La Canada with her husband, Nasser Karam, and daughters. 

Ximena Michell
Finance Committee Chair

Ximena Michell is the proud parent of a NHS Pasadena alumni student and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee on the NHS Pasadena board of trustees. She has a background in accounting and audit and currently works in the finance field for a world wide investment company. Ximena, who joined the board three years ago, lives in Glendale with her husband Omar Ricci and their children Allia Al-Darmaki and Mariam Ricci.


Zeeshan Khan
Development Committee

   Omnaya Elhadary
Development Committee
Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.