Members and Advisors
Jameeleh Shelo, Executive Director
Jameeleh Shelo is a native Chicagoan and proud Southsider. She is an Emmy award winning writer and a producer. She attended Columbia College Chicago where she earned a B.A. in Television Writing and Production. As a creative outlet she began doing improv, sketch and stand-up. She has performed with Second City’s Brown Co., improvised at iO and Annoyance theater, and performed her one woman show, My American Cousin at UCB, Magnet and PIT in NYC and at Silk Road Theater, iO, and Second City in Chicago. She is also a regular at the New York Arab American Comedy festival and Arabissh.
Jameeleh is very lucky to have interned and worked for some very funny people in her career. She interned at Late Night with Conan O’Brien and worked for Stephen Colbert, Lisa Lampanelli and Cedric the Entertainer. In addition to that, she has produced from TBS, Comedy Central, HGTV and DIY Network, Harpo, TLC.
Jameeleh is also the Executive Director of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival and believes that all people have a right to share their narrative in any media they see fit.
Nadia Assad, Project Manager
Nadia is a Palestinian-American born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has a B.A in Dance from San Francisco State University and studied Nutrition & Wellness. While there, Nadia has trained in The Fletcher Pilates method. She is a dance fitness instructor at MaZi Dance Fitness in Chicago. Nadia’s passionate about the Palestinian cause and has worked with charity organizations such as PCRF; The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund SF Bay Area chapter as well as the Chicago chapter. She is currently a member of the running group Team Palestine for PCRF in Chicago in which as a team who raises money solely for PCRF. One of the most valuable and memorable accomplishment she has is traveling to Palestine to participate in The Right to Movement Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem in 2016.
Rima Sweiss, Events, Community Outreach, Volunteer Coordinator
Rima Sweiss is a Palestinian and Jordanian American who has over 10 years experience in website and tech services. With her website company she has worked with clients in various professions from global entertainers, differing Festivals, to international non-profits.
Sue Matarieh, Film Procurement Lead
Sue is a Palestinian-American born and raised in Chicago. She has a degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has over 10 years of healthcare experience and currently works as a Regional Sales Associate focusing on infusion pharmacy services. She participated as a Youth Mentor for the first ever Big Brothers Big Sisters program for Middle eastern children in the Southside of Chicago. Her passion for film and creative writing inspired Sue to take screenwriting classes at the University of Chicago’s Writing Studio.
Dana Al-Qadi, Film Procurement
Dana is a Palestinian-American born and raised in Virginia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Currently working on smart city technologies, drinking water treatment and distribution for a global design firm; Dana also served as a USA delegate for the Al-Fakhoora campaign in Qatar to promote the Palestinian right to education.
Nader Abdelnour, Film Procurement
Nader, born in Canada to Palestinian parents, had been attending the Toronto Palestine Film Fest since it launched in 2008. After moving to Chicago for a work opportunity in 2014, he reached out to the CPFF team to offer his time to volunteer and now he’s been in procurement for the second year running. Nader is a Marketing and Sales Professional in the healthcare industry and also recently completed a part time law degree.
Nader Abusumayah, Finance
Nader Abusumayah is a Palestinian-American born and raised in the Chicago-land area with experience in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Nader’s passions are rooted in social justice, public service, and using art, music, and film to share the Palestinian narrative.
Ala’ Diab, Designer
Ala’ Diab is a Chicago-based designer of educational games and other interactive experiences. He has a varied background in community arts, youth organizing, music and exhibit design. Recently, he co-founded a hybrid design studio that develops educational products and services with community to bring about positive change in the world.
Manal Shalabi, Social Media
Manal Shalabi is a CPA specializing in tax consulting and compliance for businesses and individuals. A long-time fan of the Festival, she joined the fest committee in 2014 to help promote it to ensure its continued success. Her passion for the fest is tied to her belief in the effectiveness of using art and film to transcend stereotypes and political strife.
Annan Shehadi, Website Director
Annan is a Palestinian born and raised in the Chicago area. Her life, work, and interests are rooted in social justice, with an emphasis on the arts. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from UIC and an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a practicing graphic designer and artist.
Kimberly Campbell, Copy Editor
Kimberly, born and raised in Chicago, has a degree in Journalism and Marketing from Columbia College. With interests in “everything” communications, Kimberly enjoys volunteering her skills to help increase brand awareness for local events and organizations that give back to various communities and groups. Currently Kimberly is the Director of Planning and Marketing at a local college.
Peter Farah, Advisory Member
Peter is a Palestinian-American with a B.S. in Marketing from Boston College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He currently lives in Cleveland and works as in-house counsel the J.M. Smucker Company.
Khaled Taha, Advisory Member
As one of the original co-founders of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival Khaled has been an active member of the committee or in an advisory capacity with the festival since it’s inception in 2001. He is a Palestinian-American with a B.S. in Business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and is currently the Managing Partner & CEO of SAGE Private Wealth Group..