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Tiyya was co-founded by Owliya Dima and her daughter Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, who are refugees from Ethiopia. Meymuna was born in an Ethiopian refugee camp in Somalia, and her father was resettled in Southern California in 1983. In 1984, the family reunited. 

Since then, they have made an enormous impact on supporting and raising awareness about multicultural refugee communities in Orange County.

Prior to founding Tiyya, Owliya volunteered in assisting newcomers with the challenging process of resettlement for over a decade.

In 2010, her volunteer efforts shifted into Tiyya (Meymuna's thesis project in grad school), creating a powerful organization that has provided assistance and accommodation to individual refugees and families for the past seven years.




Board Chair          Ellen Mainthow         Darlene & Walter Gerken Trust

Co-Vice Chair       Ahmed Khalil            Partner/ Co-Founder at Distinct Law Group, APC

Co-Vice Chair       Tarek Shawky           Law Office of Tarek Shawky

Treasurer               Robert Mainthow     Darlene & Walter Gerken Trust

Secretary               Lila Seif                   Attorney at Vorzimer Masserman

Board Member      Shukry Cattan          The UCLA Labor Center

Board Member      Aisha Sabadia         Philanthropist  

Board Member      Raghu Vohra            PIMCO



Shabana Ahmad - Senior Underwriting Analyst at Precept

Farah Bajwa - Engineering Manager at Dynamic Air Engineering, Inc.

DeAnna Colglazier - Disneyland & Orange County Community Foundation

Christina Ong - Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh

Tu-Quyen Pham - Associate in Crowell & Moring's Orange County office

Lucia Tran - Publicist at Lucia Tran Public Relations



Bridgette Blebu 

Robbie Fox

Salah Haggag 

Kinda Hibrawi

Maya Jupiter 


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