By incorporating both a Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee into its organizational structure, RCM can optimize volunteer efforts and ensure an efficiently functioning Masjid. With the Executive Committee taking charge of day-to-day operations, the Board can focus its efforts on strategy, mission, and oversight.
Bassem Fakhoury, Chairman of the Board, earned his 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, where he served as a Senior Project Manager. Since then, he has started his own company specializing in the repair and maintenance of restaurant equipment. 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 has served as Executive Director and Security Director prior to taking on his current role as Chairman. Bassem is married and has two children.
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.
Tauha Shahab is an IT professional with many years of experience working with a wide variety of national and international telecom service providers. As a professional, he has been involved in managing, designing, planning, integrating and optimizing 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 have 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.
Sabeen Abbas received her Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alabama in 2001. She has since led teams in various roles and functions throughout her career in the execution of corporate initiatives and product strategy. She has worked at GE Appliances where she was part of a team that successfully ushered in 6 Sigma into a 20 year old plant in North Alabama. She has led product development in the automotive and baby/juvenile products industry. She has developed and implemented a Phase Gate process to align key teams in a consistent product development methodology at her most recent company. Through her projects at various companies, she has gained a significant amount of experience in Change management, innovation, strategy, product launch, manufacturing, IT, and supplier development. Her goal in life is to inspire change that matters. To stay true to that aim, she recently decided to return to school to reframe her experiences through the lens of an MBA student at Georgia Tech, where she will graduate in December 2017. She has also spent 4 years teaching 4th and 5th grade girls in RCM’s Islamic Science program and volunteering in other minor capacities at RCM. Roswell, Ga is where you can find Sabeen, her husband and ten year old daughter in their down time.
Ayesha Haddad was born in Jamaica W.I. 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 area since 2003. She is married, has two children, and has been involved with the RCM community since its inception. She has graduated with degrees in Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, Accounting and Finance, from Berkley College, Dutchess Community College, and Georgia State University, respectively. Ayesha is the Director of After School Enrichment Programs at Amana Academy and is also the owner/operator of a children’s event sitting and planning company. She volunteers regularly with several organizations and is a Girl Scout Liaison. Ayesha is passionate about the overall well-being and development of our community- especially our youth. She was elected to the Board of Directors in January of 2015.
Sadaf Tatari grew up in New York City before heading to Boston University where she earned her BA in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology with a Minor in Psychology. The next step of her journey brought her to Atlanta where she has been raising her four children and doing her best to give back something to the community that has given her so much. A few years back, she went on to earn a MA in Teaching from Emory University. Sadaf has been blessed enough to be involved with RCM from its inception. Throughout the past ten years she has been involved with Sunday School, the Quranic Sciences program, a previous Board, and the hifdh program, ABI, where she continues to volunteer. Sadaf is currently enrolled in the ISB Leadership Institute and finds excuses to visit RCM as often as possible to take advantage of the dynamic programs, spend time with all of the inspirational people who flock there and to find peace in her home away from home.
Amanda Shaikh was born and primarily raised in Nebraska, where she studied Business Administration at the University of Nebraska. For the last eighteen years she has worked as a paralegal in the metro Atlanta area. She currently lives in Cumming with her husband and two daughters. Amanda’s community service involvement at RCM has included volunteering during Ramadan, special events, being part of the Family Promise team, and in various other minor capacities. She is also a member of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta and volunteers at her daughters school. Looking for opportunities to learn and grow and make a difference are important to her. Amanda enjoys helping and connecting with people and is especially passionate about interfaith work and contributing to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.
Abdul Samad Hussain currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Information Security for Georgia’s largest credit union, responsible for the information security program and overseeing the cyber-risk management function. Abdul Samad holds a BS degree in Information Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University and an Executive MBA, with concentration in Management of Technology, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Having recently moved to Roswell in 2016 with his wife and kids, Abdul has already immersed himself in various RCM activities, as his goal in life is to constantly be looking for ways to improve and give back to the broader local communities he encounters. From a young age, he’s been involved in various youth group charity events and initiatives, Muslim Student Associations, as well as previous Masjid Boards. He is also a co-chairman at Roswell North Elementary and sits on his neighborhood homeowner association’s Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Roswell Community Emergency Response Team. In his free time he loves to spend time with his family hiking, biking, swimming and enjoying the outdoors.
Imam Arshad grew up on the gulf coast of south Mississippi. He began his pursuit for Islamic learning after graduating high school and attending the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. He graduated with a B.A. (Honors) in Usul-ud-Din (Principles of Religion) with a specialization in Tafsir and Quranic Sciences, and was blessed to study both in and out of the university with scholars from around the world. After completing his studies, he taught Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies at an Islamic School in Roswell, GA. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. He is fluent in English and Urdu, and well versed in Classical Arabic. He considers himself a student of knowledge and enjoys learning. His hobbies are teaching, martial arts, working out, and anything to do with comedy!
Maher is known for his work in starting several Muslim organizations in the Atlanta area over the past 21 years, including RCM in 2006. Maher directed the acquisition and renovation of our current RCM facility, and served on the executive committee as Revenue Director for RCM for 5 years. Maher is a partner in Balanced Leadership Institute, training Muslim nonprofits across the country on governance and leadership matters. He is blessed with a family of a loving wife and 4 awesome kids.
Lubna has been a member of our community for 18 years and resides in Alpharetta with her husband and 2 sons. She enjoys socializing, event planning, and long walks. She comes to RCM with a wide array of experience through various positions including Reuters, AT&T, and Amana Academy. Lubna has been working with RCM for more than 2 years now and is the point-person for maintenance, financial administration, program registrations, and anything else she can lend a hand in. She helps to facilitate meetings, appointments, facility requests, and provides support for visitors. She is also responsible for Internal Communications at RCM and will be leading the RCM Clubs initiative.
Mae currently serves as the communications director for RCM and works in marketing at Deloitte. She is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where she majored in journalism and minored in public policy and management. Prior to graduation, Mae served as the associate director for MIST Atlanta, president of the UGA MSA, and an ambassador for the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Born and raised in Atlanta, Mae grew up in the RCM community since its inception, where she attended QSP programs, taught K/1 in ISP and served on the UpLift Youth board. In her free time, she enjoys reading memoirs, editing her travel videos and listening to her favorite podcast on NPR, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Bana has a Medical Laboratory Technician certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Learning. She has earned a Qu’ran Tajweed Ijazah (certification) from Sheikh Muhie Addeen Alkurdi and a Nuraniyah certificate from the Furqan Center in Jeddah. In 2012, Bana and her husband, Ahmad Qassab, moved to the US with their 4 children. In addition to serving as QSP director, Bana aids the ABI team on a regular basis.
Hounada earned a Degree in Architecture from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She moved to Atlanta in 1993, where she was granted the opportunity to work for an Architectural Design firm and later, an Information Transport Systems company. She currently works as an independent consultant for individuals and non-profit organizations. Hounada’s involvement at RCM began with the renovation project of the current facility. Upon completion of the building, she served as the Facility Manager and is presently assisting in the Qur’anic Sciences Program. She has also been a Speaker with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta since 2002 and enjoys Interfaith Work. Hounada is married with two children and is grateful to be part of the RCM community.
Mohsin grew up in Queens, NY and currently resides in Alpharetta. Mohsin earned his Bachelors in Computer Information Systems from Long Island University in Brookville, NY. He currently works for a telecommunications firm headed out of Atlanta and is part of their Network Design Engineering Team. Mohsin joined RCM’s executive committee in 2015 and is responsible for supporting RCM’s IT infrastructure and web presence.
Nada joined the RCM family in 2015, and currently manages the distribution of donated funds to deserving individuals and organizations, in accordance with RCM’s charter. She actively works to strengthen new and existing community partnerships to create meaningful impact for those in need. Nadia spent 15 years in San Francisco, where she raised her two daughters and spent her free time volunteering in regular and Sunday schools for various administrative responsibilities. After relocating to Alpharetta, Nadia volunteered at the Islamic Center of North Fulton (ICNF) for six years, including three years as the PTA president. She is currently an active operating committee member with the Glitter of Hope Foundation, which aims to help refugee orphans and single mother families.
Riyad has been a part of the Atlanta community for more than 19 years and currently lives in Alpharetta with his wife and two children. During the week Riyad works as a Software Architecture Lead at CareerBuilder.com. Over the weekends he serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster for RCM’s Troop 12, where he regularly enjoys camping trips with his Boy Scouts. As Facility Director, he leads the activities of the facility management committee, establishes processes for code compliance and security, and resolves facility-related requests by engaging appropriate vendors.
Samer has two sons: Khaleel and Yousuf. Samer. He was raised in Dubai and Palestine and has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics/Artificial Intelligence). Currently, Samer works as a Senior Engineer at Norfolk Southern Railway. Samer has been involved with RCM since our inception and has played various roles in the areas of education, operations, and religious affairs. In addition to directing ABI, Samer serves on the Religious Affairs committee. His hobbies include weight lifting and martial arts.
Shaheen runs a complementary therapy business catered to the care and rehabilitation of critical care patients in the Atlanta area. She has been involved with RCM since the inception of the masjid. She currently chairs the Public Relations Committee and works with many local businesses and interfaith organizations to build bridges with RCM’s community. She was elected as governing Board member in May 2011 and served as the Board Secretary for four years. To further benefit the work of RCM, Shaheen also serves on the Governing Board at North Fulton Community Charities, as well as on the Pastoral Advisory Committee at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Shaheen has been featured in Women’s History month in 2014 and recognized in 40 under 40 Georgia Muslims in 2016. Shaheen currently lives in Alpharetta, and is married, with two boys.
Noor Abbady is an educator and linguist by profession, she currently works as a research assistant at the GSU Law School. Noor has over a decade of experience in public speaking and interfaith dialogue in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. She is the co-founder of the Interfaith Speakers Network of Atlanta, and a long-time speaker with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. She was named the Speaker of the Year for 2013 for her interfaith contributions. Noor is a wife and a mother of two amazing boys. She is also a piano player, a runner, and a carpenter.