The Board of Trustees, led by the Chairman, is tasked with RCM strategy, mission, metrics, and oversight. Its primary functions include long-term strategy, direction, fundraising, long-term financial planning, and Executive Committee supervision, among others. Based on RCM bylaws, each board member serves for three years and all board members may be re-elected with no limit on the number of terms. An election committee from the community screens and nominates candidates.
The RCM Board utilizes a consultative process to make decisions and strives toward consensus before any decision is made.
You may reach out to the RCM board at anytime by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current RCM Board Members:
Bassem Fakhoury, Security Director, was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He earned a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University, in St. Louis, MO in 1985. Bassem worked in St. Louis for another 8 years before moving to Atlanta in 1993 to join The Coca-Cola Company, in which he served as a Senior Project Manager until July 2013. Since then, he has started his own company specializing in the repair and maintenance of restaurant equipment in November of last year. Bassem is married and has two children. He is involved with various community projects, including serving on the board of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta as well as being a member of the planning committee for the Atlanta Interfaith Leaders Fellowship. Recently, he was recognized as one of Georgia’s 100 most influential Muslims by the Islamic Speakers Bureau. Bassem has been involved with RCM since its inception and served as Executive Director prior to taking on his current role as Security Director.
Ayesha Haddad was born in Jamaica and has lived in the United States since the age of 12. Ayesha moved from New York to Georgia in September of 2000 and has lived in the Roswell/Alpharetta/Johns Creek area since 2003. She is married, has two children, and has been involved with the RCM community since its inception. Ayesha was elected to be a board member in January of 2015. She currently serves as Afterschool Enrichment Programs Director at Amana Academy and has over ten years of experience in the care and education of children. Ayesha also runs a children’s event sitting and planning company. She has graduated with multiple degrees from Berkley College, Dutchess Community College, and Georgia State University. Moreover, Ayesha is a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She is passionate about the overall wellbeing and development of our youth – in helping them realize that Islam is not just a religion but a way of life and in helping them successfully maneuver within our society.
Asim Kidwai is a Family Medicine Physician at Piedmont Healthcare. His primary is focus is to give personalized care to all of his patients and to address any issues that they may have. While at Piedmont he has also helped with many initiatives, including revamping physician compensation for the organization, streamlining workflow in the clinic, and starting a new partnership involving Piedmont, Cigna, and Mohawk Flooring company. Asim graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Psychology. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the Dominican Republic. He has served on many medical missions to Haiti and Jordan. Currently, Asim lives in the Roswell/Alpharetta area with his wife, 3 daughters, and a son.
Tanvir Sarmast was born in India and migrated to the US in 1983. She has 31 years of experience in the IT industry and is currently a Group Director at a multi-national beverage company. Her primary focus has been to lead through example and set a vision that enables individual and team growth. She has been actively involved in establishing and managing religious activities and programs for the Alpharetta/Roswell community. She played a key role in developing a weekend Islamic educational program at ICNF and managed the school for 5 years, prior to branching out to lead a Dars group for the ladies. She has also volunteered her time with organizations such as Hands on Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, and Special Olympics. She currently lives in Alpharetta with her husband and she has a daughter who is married and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tauha Shahab is a Telecom professional with many years of experience working with a wide variety of national and international mobile phone service providers. As a professional, he has been involved in managing, designing, planning, integrating and optimizing wireless Telecom networks. While earning his Bachelors and Masters degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky, he lived in the beautiful Bluegrass state. Tauha is currently married and has three children. His community service involvement at RCM and in the broader community has included volunteering for operations management, special events support, and coordination of financial and counseling needs. Currently, he serves as a Merit Badge counselor for the local Boy Scouts troop. He enjoys being a member of diverse groups of people who utilize their varied backgrounds as a means to conduct open-minded discussions and learn from each other. In his spare time, Tauha has a passion for outdoor activities.
Bilal Waajid, an Atlanta Native, is the founder of Waajid Branding & Marketing and the visionary behind Connected Fitness. Prior to establishing his own business in 2010, Bilal Waajid worked committedly in the non- profit organizational sector as a manager/coordinator. His focuses included running programs devoted towards technology, design, youth development, physical fitness and community engagement. His role specifically required grant writing, periodical written reporting, hiring and managing a staff of 25 people under his direction, member recruitment, membership retention, creating/coordinating original activities/programming, establishing documented compliance with a variety of private and public agencies, creating fruitful partnerships in all sectors of the community, fostering parental engagement, managing budgets and managing global relationships with more than 100 institutions worldwide. Bilal attended local Islamic Schools from preschool until graduation. He started as a preschooler at the West Islamic Primary School. He then transferred to Mohammed Schools, in which he stayed from fourth grade until twelfth grade. To this day, Bilal Waajid has long standing relationships in all regions of the Metro area. Bilal holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In college he met his wife Najla Abdul-Khaliq, a Spelman College graduate. They have been happily married now for 16 years and have two children Abdur- Rahman (11) and Khadeejah (8).