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 OF DIRECTORS
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