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Board of Directors 

The legal and financial affairs of the school are managed by or under the direction of the Board of Directors.  The Board consists of a total of nine members: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and five members.


Four of those members are elected by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), another four are elected by the Islamic Society of Central Kentucky (ISCK) and the last member is appointed by the ISCK Shura Council (liaison). 


In addition, the current administrator and academic director of LUA serve as ex-officio members of the Board.

Khaled Ghoneim, President

Khaled Ghoneim has been a member of the Lexington Muslim community for over 28 years.  He served as a member of the planning committee and the first LUA board of directors initiated by the Islamic Society of Central Kentucky (ISCK) in 2002 which helped launch the construction and the development of our school, Lexington Universal Academy.  He is a member of ISCK’s Shura Council and served as ISCK's president in past years.  Khaled currently works at Humana as a Technology Portfolio Manager.  He is the father of six children.  Five of his children already graduated from LUA while the youngest is currently enrolled.  Khaled had the honor of serving LUA in many capacities and is currently the President of LUA’s School Board of directors.

Atef Elgassier, Vice-President

Atef Elgassier moved to Lexington with his wife Warda Abuhajer in 2014. Dr. Elgassier currently works as a Hospitalist in the medicine department at Saint Joseph Hospital. He and Warda have been blessed with three children, Raseal, Muhammad, and Omar. His main motivation for moving to Lexington was for his children to attend LUA. His hope is to support LUA be the best private school in Lexington. 

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Alaa El Mediouri, Treasurer

Alaa El Mediouri is currently working as an Information Technology Director at the University of Kentucky. He has been a member of the community and this is his eight year serving in LUA board. 
His career in the nonprofit arena has afforded him with a comprehensive view of the opportunities and challenges that accompany change. Alaa learned from the ground up the importance of collaboration and the power of public support. He also learned the challenges and joys of nonprofit leadership from many different points of view. 

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Yousef Darrat, Secretary

Yousef Darrat is a native of Libya, he grew up in Cairo, Egypt. He returned to Libya after finishing his schooling in Egypt and graduated from medical school in Tripoli. He then moved to Canada in 2006 where he worked as a family physician. In 2007 he decided to pursue medical training in the USA. He completed his residency and fellowship in West Virginia.  In 2013 he moved to Lexington for advanced training at the University of Kentucky and subsequently served as faculty in the school of medicine for about 5 years. He was actively involved in the education of medical students and trainees and has received a teaching award from the division of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Kentucky.  He currently practices cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at St. Joseph Hospital.  

Yousef has been involved in multiple hospital committees to improve the quality of medical care. He has also been an active member of the community; he has given a talk to students at LUA and has participated in the career day event.

Yousef enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Two of his children, Zakaria and Maria are students at LUA. Yousef is interested in becoming an active member of the school board at LUA. He looks forward to contributing to this great establishment which is an important part of the future of our cherished and beloved children.

Zaeemuddin Ali Syed, Strategic Planning Committee Chair


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