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Our Story

Philippe Accad and his sister Evelyne decided to start BPI in December of 1995 to honor their parents, Suzanne and Fouad Accad, who dedicated their entire life to helping others. They rallied another sister, Jacqueline, brothers Lucien and Andre, and children, nephews, and nieces to help build the organization. Their nephew, Attorney David Hajjar, registered it in Washington DC, and Bridges Of Peace International was given the certificate of Incorporation on April 2nd, 1996 as a non-for-profit. In February 2016 they incorporated BPI in Colorado Springs as well as keeping it in DC. They have been diligently helping the poor, the abused, and the addicted in Lebanon and throughout the United States.

Board of Directors

President & Founder

Dr. Evelyne Accad

Professor Emerita, University of Illinois, Lebanese American University

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CEO & Founder

Philippe R. F. Accad

Executive Chef and Professor in Culinary Arts
Pikes Peak State College
Milwaukee Community College

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Assistant CEO

Daniel F. Accad

Middle East Affairs

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Andre Accad

Secretary & Assistant To The CEO

Sandra Zabukovic

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President of Bridges of Peace Lebanon

Pamela Bou Nassar

Board Member

Dr. Sylvia Saadé

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family therapist and psychotherapist specializing in trauma work

Board Member

Dinah Armstead

Office of International Programs
College of Education
University of Illinois

Board Member

Cheryl Toman

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Joseph Ozawa

Clinical Psychologist for over 30 years in USA and Singapore; Specialist in recovery from trauma.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Sylvia Saadé

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family therapist and psychotherapist specializing in trauma work

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Zohreh Sullivan

Emeritus Professor of English,
Center for African Studies,
Center for Global Studies

Field Advisors

Chair, Scholarship Committee

Dr. Martin Accad

Director, Institute of Middle East Studies, Lebanon
Fuller: Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, USA

Mutual Faith Lebanon Chair

Cecile Deeb

Independent Education Management Professional

Artist & Trauma Therapist

Merri-Teresa Accad

Pottery and decorative arts

With Your Help, We are Making The World a Better Place

BPI is 501 (c) (3) Tax-exempt organization. 

Any donation is tax free and you can designate the project to be funded. Charitable donation receipts will be provided. To donate online Click Here.  For correspondence by mail or for donation by check send to:

Bridges of Peace International
P.O.Box 75494
Colorado Springs, CO 80970-5454
Make payable to: Bridges of Peace International c/o Philippe Accad 

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