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Co-founders Owliya Dima and her daughter Meymuna Hussein-Cattan settled in Southern California as refugees from Ethiopia in 1984. While learning to address the myriad challenges of resettlement, Owliya became inspired to help others navigate these complex systems. In 1999, Owliya began devoting her efforts as a volunteer, assisting newcomers to the United States in their efforts to find housing and work, learn English, and establish safe and stable homes for themselves and their families. In 2010, these efforts culminated in the formation of Tiyya - a responsive organization with a strong core of leaders, volunteers, and partnerships providing assistance and accommodation to both individual refugees and families in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Tiyya serves more than 250 families annually in Orange and Los Angeles counties through various programs designed to support refugee children and their families. Our volunteer program helps us to connect clients with community members, so they can build networks and create sustainable, long-term community ties organically through establishing meaningful relationships.



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

Hannah Haakenson 

Kinda Hibrawi

Laura Leslie

meet the team

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