Meet the Board
Get to know the NuDay board.
Founder and CEO
Nadia Alawa founded NuDay as a natural extension of her efforts to build bridges, save lives, and inspire hope. She believes in the power of local community, especially when it comes to sustainable and empowering humanitarian work. Alawa prioritizes dignified aid by addressing immediate needs with innovation and sustainability. Emphasizing the importance of people, Alawa is diligent in her belief in social media as a tool for advocacy and community organization. She is inspired daily by the wonderful and tireless NuDay team on the ground, as well as NuDay's many donors and volunteers.
Inspired by NuDay's awareness that an individual can make a world of a difference, Alison McKellar first became involved with NuDay as a volunteer for NuDay's containers. This quickly expanded to her joining NuDay's board, which she now heads as chairwoman. McKellar teaches at the Watershed High School in Rockland, Maine, and has a long history with Partners of the Americas, where she is currently serving as Vice Chair of the International Board of Directors. Alongside organizing humanitarian containers for NuDay in Maine, McKellar coordinates a microcredit lending project in El Salvador that is supported through a sister relationship with the local Catholic church.
Sarah Loy holds a Bachelors and Masters in Plant Science from the University of New Hampshire. Her volunteer work over the years ranges from being a Girl Scouts troop leader, assisting families experiencing homelessness through Seacoast Family Promise, supporting the reuse and repurposing of clothing and other household items through a church rummage ministry, and acting as co-coordinator for the Greatbay Group Workcamp, which brought together 400 youth and mentors to repair 60 homes in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Loy is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.
Aiman Alawa, PhD, is a founding member of NuDay. Alawa has a Ph.D. in engineering and is the founder of NuWatt Energy, a leading turnkey installer of solar energy systems in the Northeast. Following his Ph.D., he served his post-doctorate at Clarkson University, where he focused on structural engineering, seismic engineering, steel optimization, and composites. Alawa is the founder and retired board member of the Syrian American Engineers Association. Within NuDay, Alawa supports technical and logistical issues and serves as the treasurer. Alawa is the husband of Nadia Alawa.
Member at Large
Patricia O’Brien has been involved with NuDay since its founding. She participated in some of the earliest days of collection for items shipped to Syria and continues her hands-on work by collecting and storing items in her home and loading containers in NuDay's warehouse. Prior to her work with NuDay, O’Brien played an active role in a number of non-profit organizations and is a member of her Town Meeting in Burlington. O'Brien currently works as an administrative coordinator at Harvard University. She is happily married and lives with him and their three children in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Member at Large
Afif Rahman is a management consultant, policy advocate, and non-profit leader. Rahman has a proven track record in providing strategic consulting to foundations, non-profits, corporations, and government agencies through big data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He is a fellow with the New Leaders Council and has been an American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute Fellow at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and a Millennial Leaders Project Fellow at Union Theological Seminary. Rahman was a National Merit Scholar at Northeastern University, where he received his B.S. in Neuropsychology and Mathematics. Passionate about equitable social change and inclusive civic participation, Afif co-founded the Poligon Education Fund, a national Congressional advocacy and civic education organization amplifying Muslim American voices in Congress. His passion for NuDay is a natural extension of his desire to create real change for a united humanity.
A. David Lewis
Member at Large
A. David Lewis, PhD, is a college educator and national lecturer. After an undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, his doctorate in Religious Studies comes from Boston University and masters degree in literary theory from Georgetown University. He edits and writes academic works including DIGITAL DEATH: MORTALITY AND BEYOND IN THE ONLINE AGE and AMERICAN COMICS, LITERARY THEORY, AND RELIGION: THE SUPERHERO AFTERLIFE, respectively, as well as graphic novels such as KISMET, MAN OF FATE. Lewis is the President of the nonprofit CYRIC and a founder of Sacred and Sequential. He currently lives in Arlington and works in Healthcare Humanities, Narrative Medicine, and Graphic Medicine.