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Nevenka Korica Sullivan
2014 Appointed CASA Stateside Director
Harvard University

Nevenka Korica Sullivan received her M.A. in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from American University in Cairo.  Ms. Sullivan served as Director of CASA  program in Cairo from 2006-2010, in which she also taught Arabic beginning in 1999.  A native of Belgrade, Serbia, she earned her B.A. in Arabic and Turkish languages from the Department of Oriental Philology, University of Belgrade.  Ms. Sullivan worked as a translator and news announcer in the Arabic service at Radio Yugoslavia.  She is the co-author of Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News (AUC Press, 2007),  Umm Dunya (Egyptian Colloquial textbook, AUC press 2012).  Her professional interests include second language acquisition, pedagogy and curriculum development for higher levels of proficiency.

Mahmoud Al-Batal
Acting CASA Stateside Director
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Al-Batal is a Professor of Arabic in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Director of the Arabic Flagship at The University of Texas at Austin.  In addition, Dr. Al-Batal previously served as the CASA Executive Director in Cairo (1985-1987), Director of the Arabic School at Middlebury College (1991-1998) and as Director of the Emory College Language Center (2000-2004).  He holds a B.A. in Arabic language and literature from the Lebanese University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Arabic linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Marissa Canales
Stateside Program Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin

Marissa recently joined CASA in February 2011 as Stateside Program Coordinator. She graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 1999. In addition to her undergraduate degree from USD, she received her paralegal certificate specializing in Business Litigation in 2002. Before joining CASA, she was an Administrative Associate for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for four years.

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Wassima El-Shafie
CASA Program Specialist
The American University in Cairo

Wassima joined CASA in September 2003 as a Program Secretary and was promoted to CASA Program Specialist in 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cairo University in 2003. Before joining CASA, she worked as a Student Assistant in the AUC Library for four years.

Hany Yousry
CASA Program Administrative Assistant & Technical Support
The American University in Cairo


Hany joined CASA as a Cultural Assistant after graduating from Cairo University in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Law.  He was hired as a Junior Secretary for the CASA program in September 2007, after which he was promoted to Secretary, acquiring additional responsibilities of providing technical support for the Cairo program. In September 2010, Hany was promoted to Administrative Assistant, and continues his technical support duties for the CASA Cairo program.

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