President's Message


My name is Marlene Aristy-Hasawi. I have been in Kuwait since 2008. I’m married to a Kuwaiti national, and a mother to a little boy. I studied hospitality management at the New York University. I worked in some of the music industry’s largest global companies based in the US, where I worked my way up to an Executive Assistant organizing artists’ and other industry professionals’ events and activities. I’m passionate about life, family, friends, arts, experiencing different cultures, and helping those in need.

I’m passionate about the American Women’s League where we empower women to follow their dreams and reach their goals. AWL has served as a liaison between expat women and the Kuwaiti society. We encourage fellowship through our different clubs and committees, such as the coffee club, community outreach, the book club, workshops, and many more. With over 200 members, AWL is the largest multicultural women community in Kuwait.

Whether you just arrived or have been in Kuwait for some time, AWL can be the place where you would find long lasting friends. AWL can be your home.

Warm Regards,

Marlene Aristy-Hasawi

President 2018-2019

American Women's League in Kuwait

Executive Board

2018-2019 Executive Board Members

1st Vice President, Theresa Dommett


Hi, my name is Theresa Dommett and while I call Atlanta GA my home I have travelled the world and been in Kuwait for over two years now. My working life has been mainly in hospitality, focusing on event management for major hotel groups, but in recent years I have moved to managing charities and other not-for-profit groups. I love a challenge and in my new role will bring my unbounded commitment and energy to serving all AWL members. I am married to a Brit and our family is completed by two lovable rescue dogs, Candy and Marley.

2nd Vice President, Sinae Van Haastert


I am originally from California and I have been living and working in Kuwait for 5 years. I have worked internationally in healthcare and education for nearly a decade. I am a self-proclaimed foodie, globetrotter, and adventurer. I love going out to eat at new restaurants with friends and family. My weaknesses in life are puppies, pizza, and presents.

Corresponding Secretary, Joanna Riffle


Before coming to Kuwait in 2015, I taught in my home state of Ohio and then spent two years teaching in Vietnam and then another two years in Mexico! I am currently a teacher at the American International School and absolutely love teaching! When I am not working I am actively involved in Crossroads International Church, learning more about all of the essential oils I use every day, AWL (book and coffee clubs), trying new restaurants, Facetiming with friends and family around the globe and traveling all around the world!

Recording Secretary, Gloria Avila


I am Gloria Avila and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I have been an elementary teacher for four years, and I currently work at the American United School of Kuwait. I am happily married to my wonderful husband Jhonny, and we have three beautiful children. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my family, reading books, and watching movies. I love to meet new people and gain new experiences. I look forward to collaborating with all the great women that make AWL such a fun organization, and to the year ahead!

Treasurer, Pamela Khraibut


My name is Pamela and I am looking forward to a great year supporting the American Women’s League in Kuwait. I plan to keep the budget and record keeping in order for this great group of ladies. My work experience in chemical engineering has been extremely rewarding. And I am a proud Wife and Mother.