CYC School Board Members

Lofty Basta MD, FRCP, FRCPE, FACP, FACC, FCCP, FAHA, Chairman
Dr. Basta graduated from Ain-Shams University in Cairo. He served in it as a resident of cardiology, as “Instructor of Cardiology and as “Assistant Professor of Medicine” in its Cardiology Department where he obtained his “Diploma in Medicine” degree. Then he trained at the Royal Infirmary in Scotland, the post-graduate Medical School of London and the University of Iowa Hospitals. He is Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physician of London and of Edinburgh, American College of Medicine, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Heart Association.
He had a distinguished academic and practice careers, which include serving as Professor of Medicine and head of the Cardiovascular Section at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (1974), the founder of the Tulsa Heart Center(1976), Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiology at the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine(1993), practiced at Clearwater Cardiovascular and Interventional Consultants in Clearwater, and is currently “Cl. Prof. of Med. UCSF”, He served in many capacities locally, nationally and internationally. He served on many Boards including the ethics Council of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Geriatric Cardiology. He gave hundreds of lectures in Cardiology and Medical ethics to several societies, Universities and Institutions.
After his retirement, Dr. Basta moved to San Francisco where he teaches at UCSF and continues to be involved in many international affairs and in several non-profit foundations. He founded PROJECT GRACE (Guidelines for Resuscitation And Care at the End-of-life).
He published 140 scientific publications in many distinguished medical journals, was section editor of medical ethics and Member of the Editorial Board of many American Medical Journals. He is the author of three books; Cardiology for the Primary Care Physician, Graceful Exit, and Life and Death on Your Own Terms as well as numerous medical textbook chapters on end-of-life medical care. Dr. Basta’s area of special interest is in medical ethics, especially end of life issues.
Dr. Basta has written several articles and conducted many interviews regarding the political issues happening in Egypt and he represented the Copts living outside Egypt to Pope Shenouda, and served as a “Trustee” for the “Coptic Cultural Center” in Cairo. He gave many lectures in Cardiology and Medical Ethics throughout the Middle-East and is well-known in the area.

Elsabeth Girma, P.E.
B.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia, 1985

Professional Civil Engineer, California, No. C 43963
Ms. Girma is the CEO and founder of E. Girma Engineering. She offers over 25 years of experience in civil engineering. She specializes in wastewater infrastructure projects with emphasis on condition assessment and asset management of sewer pipeline. Elsabeth’s pipeline condition assessment projects typically investigate the structural condition of the sewer pipes, manholes and force mains. Typical projects include man-entry and CCTV sewer inspections, data management and analysis, sulfide sampling, corrosion modeling and development of structural rehabilitation and corrosion control alternatives.
Elsabeth has extensive experience in managing design and construction of new and existing wastewater facilities including pre-design and final design for new sewer pipeline as well as sewer rehabilitation projects. She has managed both technical and financial aspects of a broad range of wastewater infrastructure projects from initial concept through construction and startup.
Elsabeth is currently managing $50M construction project in Oakland California.

Ms. Anisa (Louly) Takla
Obtained a Degree of Master Of Arts in Education from The University of Santa Clara and a Standard Teaching Credential from the State of California in 1973 for grades 7-12 (Valid for life). Taught French language, civilization and literature at Notre Dame High School for 23 years (1973-1996). Anisa also chaired the Foreign Language Department at the same school. Lived in California
Nabil Ghobrial, Vice Chair

35 years business experience (including 20 years in project management) in commercial and government projects, both domestic and international.
Managed projects ranging from $30 – $250 million.
Directed engineering, procurement, and construction functions for Fortune 500 companies, and the U.S. Government.
Wide range of Petroleum and Chemical, Power, Pipeline, and Offshore platforms projects for private sector clients – small, medium and large companies.
AE Ghobrial AE Consultant: 2007-present: Self-employed worked as a consultant to several companies including; Applied Utility System, and “Sonatrach” Algeria Petroleum Company.
Applied Utility System, Jan – April, 2007: Consultant to the construction management group in design and build steel infrastructure for 4 Petrochemical units to install sophisticated “Selective Catalytic reformers” on the flue stacks for carbon dioxide emission.
Bechtel National, INC 2003- 2006: Consultant to the “Ground Based Midcourse Defense Segment” (GMD) project. A $1.1 billion US government defense project to place missile defense system in Alaska. Responsible for overall budget and manpower loading of the mechanical group, 250 people strong. In charge of Launch Support Component group to develop test procedures, plans, and acceptance testing for BNI missile design components. Participating in meeting with the client, subcontractors and project team to resolve problems arise in the field, discuss design issues, and resolve technical problems.
Applied Utility Systems (AUS) 2001-2002
Vice President and General Manager: Responsible for overall operation of engineering, procurement, construction, and project control for installing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) units on fissile power plants to reduce Knox emission and to meet State and Federal regulations. Managed 5 projects, total cost $250 Mil, in different stages of design, with workforce of approximately 220 people. Implement project control guidelines with EPC schedule and budget for each department. Established procurement procedures and subcontract standards to be used throughout the company. Devised employee salary schedule and working condition for new and existing employees. Established communication channels with clients, subcontractor, and suppliers, which improved work productivity and minimized downtime and changes. Chaired meetings with senior managers, and technical staff to improve communications between departments, solve problems, foster new ideas, and identify common solution between all projects. All projects were completed ahead of schedule and within budget.
Bechtel 1990 – 2001: Project Manager with multiple responsibilities of supervision and execution of this big company’s commitments. Before 1990 was a company Engineer at Bechtel.

Dina Soliman
Certified teacher in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District which is considered one of highest ranked districts in the state of California.
Prior to her current position as a languages teacher at Windemere Ranch Middle School, she worked at the Valley Christian Elementary schools as a teacher aide and at the Iron Horse Middle School as a para-educator supporting children with special needs. While at the Iron Horse Middle School, she also filled in a long term French teacher substitute position in the same school.
Dina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and minor in Egyptology from the American University in Cairo which is considered to be the top educational institution in the Middle East.
Dina completed her French Teaching Credential in Louisiana including student teaching in Hahnville High School. Upon arrival in California in 2000, Dina obtained her California Teaching Credential by completing the necessary courses and certifications required by the state.
Dina grew up in Cairo-Egypt one of the most culturally diverse and historically rich cities in the world. As a graduate from a Catholic French school, Dina learned the value of education, language and culture in shaping children and helping them achieve their potential.
She has organized and led multiple events, trips and presentations with the goal of child development and educational assistance for new immigrants and refugees where she is considered a subject matter expert within the community.