Inas was born in Iraq in 1973 and immigrated with her family to the United States as a child. Her passion for civics was ignited through an independent study course in American government, which she took to complete her last remaining graduation credit before entering college at the age of 16.
Inas, 49, is the mother of three adult children, a daughter and two sons. Her husband is a pediatric physician at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Her lifelong record of volunteerism spread into civic engagement in Overland Park. Along with a demonstrated commitment to public service, appreciation of different points of view developed through her many years of interfaith work. She is a journalist and has co-authored several children’s books. She also discusses faith and other issues in opinion pieces for The Kansas Reflector. She is a graduate of Leadership Overland Park, a six‐month program that informs and educates the future leaders of the region and prepares them to meet the challenges ahead.
As the mother of two children with developmental disabilities, Inas has been a dedicated advocate for better treatment of the disabled and for improved pay for the staff who care for them. She is proud to live in a city that has been named one of the best places to live for those with disabilities; A recognition she attributes to the culture of understanding which characterizes the residents of Overland Park.
Her current volunteer pursuits include serving as the chair of the Friends of Overland Park Arts, and board member with SevenDays. She also sits on the Overland Park CDBG Advisory Committee and the Housing Choices advisory board for framework OP.
Being prepared to collaborate with stakeholders on all sides of a critical issue is one of her many strengths. To learn more about Inas's priorities, click here.