Born and raised in Egypt –Ms. Fatma Abboud earned her Bachelors’ degree in History from the United States in 1981while raising her then three children.
Ms. Abboud continued her education at St. John’s University, earning her Masters of Science degree in 1988 and the highest Professional Diploma in the field of Special Education in 1992.
Ms. Abboud lunched her successful career in Human Services by teaching at CUNY-the City University of New York-La Guardia College in 1994.
Currently, Ms. Abboud is the Chief Executive Officer and the Co-founder of EIHAB Human Services, Inc. since 1996.
In 1996Ms. Abboud co-founded EIHAB Human Services, Inc. along with her late son Eihab Hegazy, who had given a voice to those in the community who suffered from mental and learning disabilities, but still deserved to have a better quality of life. Ms. Abboud’s vision is to help empower those individuals integrate into the community.
Today EIHAB Human Services is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities, mental retardation, and behavioral health challenges.
Under the leadership of Ms. Abboud, the agency has grown from a small office at the Queens Developmental Disabilities Office to three main offices in three major states: New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania- employing over 500 staff members.
The agency currently operates three day habilitation centers, over 25Independent Residential Alternative Facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities, and High school (PA) for juveniles and youth with behavioral, learning, and social problems.
In addition to the great responsibility as the CEO of a large organization, Ms. Abboud had held many leadership roles in the Arab American community helping and sharing her resources, network and expertise.
Ms. Abboud is currently serving on the prestigious Executive Board of Mount Sinai Hospital and in addition, Ms. Abboud serves on many local and national boards of civic, professional, medical and/or educational organizations advocating for rights of Arab and Muslim women, children, and immigrants. Ms. Abboud is also the President of the Board for the Egyptian Cultural Council.
Throughout her career, Ms. Abboud has received countless awards and recognitions for her work, serving as a testament to her years of service and dedication. In 2007, Ms. Abboud was honored by the Learning for Life program for her work with developmentally challenged individuals. In 2008 she was honored by Al Manassah Al Arabeyah newspaper for her work with developmentally challenged children and adults in the Arab-American community. In 2010 Ms. Abboud was honored at City Hall by the New York City Council and received a Proclamation from the City of New York for her “outstanding service and contributions to New York City”.
Ms. Abboud has also been honored by the Boys and Girls Scouts of New York and has repeatedly met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NY Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, and NY State Senator Malcolm Smith, who recognized Ms. Abboud for her Southeast Queens community work. In 2011, Ms. Abboud was honored by the New York City Comptroller at the Supreme Surrogate Court.
Ms.A bboud had sponsored a dinner with Mayor Bloomberg at the Gracie Mansion for Ramadan. In 2012 Ms. Abboud was honored as the TOP WOMEN IN BUSINESS by the Queens Courier News Paper. Ms. Abboud also been asked to attend the WHITE HOUSE briefings on issues related to our community.
Ms.Abboud is a dedicated advocate to those living with disabilities, a proud mother to her two daughters, both of whom are practicing doctors, as well as her youngest son who works alongside her at the EIHAB agency.