Meet the Board

Get to know the NuDay Board of Directors.

Nadia Alawa
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. She is inspired daily by the wonderful and tireless NuDay team on the ground, as well as NuDay's many donors and volunteers. Read Nadia's story here.

Alison McKellar

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. McKellar teaches at the Watershed High School in Rockland, Maine, and has a long history with Partners of the Americas, where she currently serves as the Vice Chair of the International Board of Directors. McKellar coordinates a microcredit lending project in El Salvador that is supported through a sister relationship with the local Catholic church. 

Sarah Loy

 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. Loy is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.  

Aiman Alawa

Aiman Alawa, PhD, is a founding member of NuDay. Alawa has a is the founder of NuWatt Energy, a leading turnkey installer of solar energy systems in the Northeast.  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. 

Patricia O'Brien
Member at Large

Patricia O’Brien has been involved with NuDay since its earliest days of collection for items shipped to Syria. 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 her husband and their three children in Massachusetts. 

Afif Abdur-Rahman
Member at Large

Afif Rahman is a management consultant, policy advocate, and non-profit leader. 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 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.

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