Executive Board Officers

Gloria Kassa - President

Gloria has been active in the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity for many years. She has been a volunteer, active member and Advisory Board Member before being elected to the Executive Board in 2007. Gloria served as Secretary of the Executive Board before being elected its Vice President. Clearly, she is dedicated to living the CALC mission by helping those who need assistance in the Chaldean Community. Gloria is married to Michael Kassa, mother of four children and a grandmother.


Lisa Paulus - Vice President

Lisa Paulus graduated from Wayne State University with a Degree in Business Administration, and started her professional career in 1993 as an accounting clerk for Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Michigan. She worked her way up to Accounting Manager at Coke and assisted in managing 3 of their Distribution Centers in Michigan.  After 8 years at Coca-Cola, Lisa decided to pursue an opportunity as a Finance Director at a publishing company, BNP Media, based in Troy.  Lisa has worked at BNP Media for the last 10 years. 

She joined CALC in 2006 and has been an active member, a volunteer and chaired the Christmas Family Program along with her sister Rita for the past 5 years.  She has been serving on the Advisory Board since 2007.  Lisa also volunteers at St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church as a 4th Grade Catechism teacher, for Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center, and several other service organizations in the community.  Lisa has been married to Nofal Paulus and just celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary.



Rita Foumia,CPA - Treasurer
After graduating from Wayne State University with a Degree in Business Administration, Rita started her professional career in 1993 as an accountant for an Oil and Gas company. She later decided to pursue a career in public accounting and earned her CPA while working for an accounting firm in Troy Michigan. Currently, Rita serves as Director of Corporate Strategy for a publishing company based in Troy. She joined CALC in 2006 and has been an active member since then. Her intense commitment to the organization led her to positions on the Advisory Board and later the Executive Board. With many community interests, Rita also volunteers at St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church as a Catechism teacher, for Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and other social service organizations in the metro-Detroit area.


Lillian McKay Shallal – Secretary
Lillian is a graduate of Wayne State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the School of Journalism. Currently, Lillian is Office Manager for the law firm of Mekani, Orow, Mekani, Shallal and Hindo. She has been married for 28 years and is the mother of four children. Lillian was an active CALC member and volunteer for 8 years before being asked to serve on the Advisory Board. She was elected to the Executive Board in 2009.


Julie Garmo - Board Member
Julie has been volunteering for the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity for over twenty years. Encouraged by one of the organization’s founders, her uncle the late Bishop George Garmo, Julie has been an active member since 1986. She has served on the Executive Board as Secretary and Treasurer as well as a member of the Advisory Board. Professionally, she is the travel supervisor on the Volkswagen of America account for BCD Travel of Southfield, Michigan.

Suhair Kalabat - Board Member
Originally from San Diego, Suhair leads a life consisting of faith, family and charity. She has been married for 20 years and is the mother of four beautiful children. She holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego and owns her own event coordination business, Eventfully Yours. She is an active member of the community, serving as Vice President of the PTSA at Walled Lake Central High School as well as volunteering for the St. Thomas Church Communion program and the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity.


Nidhal Rassam  - Board Member
Nidhal Rassam has been a volunteer for the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity and has been a reserve for many years. She dedicates her free time working to help others. Nidhal has been married to Isam Rassam for the past 31 years and is the proud mother of three children and a grandmother to a precious baby girl. Nidhal has years of entrepreneurial experience. She has owned several businesses and is the current owner of Elite Home Health Care. Nidhal believes in the vision of CALC and is dedicated to helping the Chaldean Community.



Firyal Yono - Board Member
Firyal has been a member and volunteer of the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity for over 20 years. ;Firyal is a former CALC Vise President and has served on the Advisory Board for many years.  Firyal is a Licensed Social Worker Funeral Director at Southfield Funeral Home. She received her Bachelor's & Mortuary of Science Degrees from Wayne State University in 1985 & 1986 and also attended Madonna College for Graduate Studies in Chemical Dependency in 1988.  

Firyal is a founding member & organizer of the Chaldeans Against Drugs and the Chaldean Youth Club. She has served on the Parish Council at Mother of God Church and as a Board Member of the Building Bridges, a Chaldean & Jewish Community Initiative.  She has been married to Jerry Yono for 32 years, has 5 children and 12 grand children.  Firyal serves on a number of CALC committees, including the Senior Citizen and Nursing Home Committees.

PAST PRESIDENTS

PAST BOARD Members

Back Row Left To Right - Rita Foumia, Julie Garmo, Margaret Butti, Jane Shallal, Renee Yaldo, Gloria Kassa
Front Row - LeeAnn Kirma, Sally Najor