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Meet 2022-2023 Alliance President - Sana Saleh
Sana Saleh has been a Kansas Citian since September 1992. She has been an active County, State and National Alliance member since 1996. Sana brings an array of skills and experiences from the work that she had done both overseas and as a volunteer in her community.
She was born in Amman Jordan and at the age of 3 years her family moved to Beirut, Lebanon where she attended a Girls Private School established by Missionaries learning Both English and French secondary to her native Arabic language.
In 1975, upon the Civil war breaking out, Sana’s family moved back to Amman where she finished High school. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Mills College, in Oakland, California.
In the years that followed, she worked for the City of Amman’s Urban Development Department (UDD) involved in the poor neighborhoods and conducting surveys to assess the health status of the population following the provision of clean water supply.
This in turn kindled her interest in public health where she pursued her master’s degree in International Health at Johns Hopkins University in 1987 where she began working for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Office in monitoring and evaluation. Her work entailed assisting many countries in conducting national surveys to establish baselines of health indicators such as immunization levels, infant, child, and maternal mortality.
During her UNICEF years, she travelled to Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Her stays in some of these countries required prolonged periods stays to ensure that the process of conducting a national survey went smoothly from start to finish. Sana co-Authored published scientific papers with UNICEF and the London School of Tropical Medicine on methods of measuring childhood and maternal mortality in the field.
in 1992, she was well on her way to go back to Johns Hopkins to pursue a Doctoral Degree when she met George! We all know that the rest is history. She decided to move to Kansas City and start her new life there.
Sana has been active in her children’s schools throughout their upbringing, chairing many positions through PTA and events. She has been involved with her church and served on the Vestry. She currently is a member of the Kansas City Ballet Guild and The International relations Council of Kansas City.
Sana is a part-time substitute teacher, she enjoys knitting, gardening, entertaining, travelling and above all being involved with the alliance.
George and Sana have 3 children: Andrew, Nicholas, Sabrina, and two Grandchildren: Hudson and Charlotte.