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FRRME America Holds Annual Meeting; Elects New Executive Committee

FRRME America Holds Annual Meeting; Elects New Executive Committee

December 20, 2018

(POINT CLEAR, Ala.)—The Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME America) elected a new slate of officers at today’s Annual Meeting.


Newly elected are John Busterud, chairman; Kevin Douglas, vice chairman; May Al-Najjar, treasurer; and Brian Murphy, secretary. Officers are elected to two-year terms.


Busterud, who previously served as vice chair of the foundation, is a senior corporate environmental and energy attorney with more than 30 years of experience advising on regulatory, compliance and policy matters. He served as the senior environmental attorney for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. before retiring in 2017. Busterud is also a retired U.S. Army colonel with multiple combined, joint and interagency assignments, including active duty deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Combined Forces Command on the Korean Peninsula.


“I am honored and pleased to serve as FRRME America’s next Chairman,” Busterud said. “Our foundation has a unique opportunity to restore hope and build a sustainable future for those who have been marginalized and persecuted by sectarian violence in Iraq and the Middle East.”


Douglas is an attorney who chairs Bass Berry + Sims’ corporate and securities practice group in Nashville. His experience includes representing public companies on corporate and securities laws related matters, including companies within the healthcare industry, as well as private companies in a wide variety of mergers and acquisition matters. Douglas previously served two consecutive terms as treasurer of FRRME America.


Al-Najjar is a personal banker with Citi in Washington, D.C., whose previous banking experience includes working with TD and Bank of America. Ms. Al-Najjar also has worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres, the International Organization for Migration, Halliburton and the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.


Murphy serves as a rule of law advisor and has worked variously with the U.S. Departments of State, Defense and USAID. He previously worked as program manager of Earthlink’s anti-corruption office in Baghdad, Iraq.


Scott Rye will serve as an ex officio member of the executive committee as immediate past chairman.


In other business, the Board heard presentations by CEO Mike Simpson, chairman David Harland and chairman-designate Rob Shotliff, all of FRRME UK. Project officer for Jordan Helena Scott and senior advisor for outreach and development the Rev. Meg Saunders also presented reports.

FRRME America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East.

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