Our Team / Those responsible for making things happen

Office Team

Gail Zion - Chief Operating Officer
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Chief Operating Officer

Gail Zion holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. After years in management Gail took time off to raise her three wonderful children. Gail's service with Zaman began in 2007 with a desire to work for an organization that strives to make the world a better place. Her part time Administrator position quickly became more than full time and she thrives at being at the center of it all. From administrative support, to donor and team management Gail interfaces with every aspect of the organization in delivering the mission in most benevolent way. Gail fully believes that service to others is the key to contentment. 

Kim Magsig - Administrator
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Kim Magsig holds a Bachelor's Degree in Scientific & Technical Communications with a technical field of Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. After serving in the United States Army, Kim spent over 20 years in the corporate sector while also raising a family. A certified Project Management Professional, Kim came to Zaman in 2016 out of a desire to help solve problems that matter to the world. Her business experience, analytical skills, and management expertise are helping Zaman stay organized as we grow. 


Monica Boomer - Director of Community Engagement
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Director of Community Engagement

Monica Boomer holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. She has traveled and lived extensively throughout the Middle East through undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs and a year-long Fulbright Fellowship.  She came to Zaman International in 2011 with extensive academic and practical experience in local youth peacebuilding initiatives and international women’s rights campaigns.  Monica currently directs Zaman’s Department of Community Engagement and Volunteerism, which houses over 188 partner organizations and over 3,500 volunteers.

Michele Economou Ureste - Chief Development Officer
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Chief Development Officer

As a supervisor of West Bloomfield Township from 2008 to 2016, Michele Economou Ureste performed the functions of mayor, city manager, and fire and police commissioner for a municipality with nearly 65,000 residents and an operating budget of more than$78 million, including the water and sewer enterprise fund, during her tenure, Michele worked to preserve environmental quality, property values, and a quality of life for her constituents and achieved a record amount of roadway improvement and economic development projects, all while championing statewide initiatives of importance to the township. Prior to public service, Michele served as vice president of the business solutions consultancy Simons-White & Associates and held management positions with Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the Automotive Industry Action Group. She serves on the board of Easterseals Michigan Senior Reach, which provides services to seniors at risk for mental health crisis. When she is not transporting her three children to their middle school activities, Michele enjoys yoga, tennis, and golf.

Amanda Saab - Director Bayt Al-Zahra
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Director Bayt Al-Zahra

Zaman found the perfect fit for this dual position in Dearborn Native Amanda Saab, a master’s-level social worker and chef whose cooking blog, Amanda’s Plate, is followed by thousands of foodies and whose culinary musings have been retweeted by the likes of Gordon Ramsey. A graduate of the Wayne State University School of social work, Amanda has extensive experience in clinical and policy-related development and implementation that she is using to transform Bayt Al-Zahra from a la cart services to a comprehensive case management model. At the same time, Amanda will use her culinary acumen – which she demonstrated as a contestant on season 6 of Fox TV’s “Master Chef” – to develop a culinary arts curriculum that will prepare students in Zaman’s Building Ongoing Opportunities Through Skills Training (BOOST) program for work in commercial kitchens. Amanda and her husband, Hussein, enjoy hiking and walks through nature.

Reyad Mallad - Facilities Manager
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Facilities Manager

Reyad joined the Zaman team in 2014 as the Facilities Manager for the new 40,000+ sq. ft. Hope for Humanity Center after four years of volunteering.  He has a long history in warehouse and supply chain management. He also holds a degree as a Muslim Chaplain from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit Michigan. Reyad has a passion for life, helping people in need, and playing golf.

Yamen Kanaan - Warehouse Manager
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Warehouse Manager

An expert multi-tasker, Yamen Kanaan oversees all receiving, storage, distribution, and maintenance operations within Zaman’s Hope For Humanity Center. In addition to ensuring the upkeep and safety of the 40,500-square-foot building and its grounds, Yamen’s chief responsibilities involve coordinating the receipt, organization and delivery of the tens of thousands of pounds of food, clothing and furniture that Zaman gives to its clients annually. With a staff of three, a hi lo, and two transport vans, Yamen directs deliveries of furniture and household goods to as many as 14 homes per day and directs key operations within Zaman’s Client Choice Food Pantry, including sorting, stocking and quality control. A native of the United Arab Emirates, Yamen moved to the United States in 2015 from Dubai, where he worked in human resources administration and earned a master’s of business administration from American University for Humanities. Yamen enjoys martial arts and spending time with his wife and four children.

Teresa Baydoun - Logistics Coordinator
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Logistics Coordinator

Teresa provides customer service experience to The Zaman Logistics department. She is a native of Michigan and has been in management/customer service for the last 30 years. Teresa has a strong sense of devotion to the non-profit sector having volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America for the last 20 years. This experience has given her an appreciation for the work accomplished by a non-profit organization and a desire to work with Zaman, helping others.