2018 Executive Committee Candidates

Based on the community's request, we reached out to all candidates to obtain their information and pictures. We posted below the information that we have received.

The candidates' names are sorted by last name in alphabetical order and by the position for which they are running.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Elections Committee and not the candidates. You can contact us via email at nhicelections@gmail.com or in person:

  • Altaf Abbassi (head of Elections Committee)
  • Br. Maher Elserraj 
  • Sister Mary Sorrells

<><><><>Candidates Running for President<><><><>

Mohamed Faisal Dib

 

Number of years spent in this community 

23

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

1996-2004: Volunteered as a community member for the followings: 

- NHIC Mouadine

- Ramadan preparations and activities.

- Helped to start the first fundraising in 1998 to purchase or build new NHIC Masjid

- Created all the graphics needed for website and posters

- Helped in the search processs for Imam's hiring

 

2004-2006: Elected to serve as Executive Committee (EC) member

- Organized the first NHIC Youth Club

- Helped to organize summer family camping event

- In charge of Sunday School administration

- Organized Kids and Youth Field Trips (Canoeing, Horse Back Riding, Museum Visits, etc.)

- In charge of Ramadan Iftar Program and community dinners

- Helped on fundraising event and process

 

 

2006-2008: Re-Elected to serve as EC member

- Organized Eid Prayer, Breakfast, and Eid Parties at Career High School

- In charge of Sunday School Administration

- Organized Kids and Youth Field Trips (Canoeing, Horse Back Riding, Museum Visits...)

- Part of a subcommittee for the Rt-34 Project

- Helped with fundraising event and process

- In charge of Ramadan Iftar program and community dinners

 

2012-2014: Elected to serve as EC VP 

- Directly involved with a team in the purchase of the Bull Hill Lane Plaza in 2013 closing deal with $1 million down payment

- Helped in organizing fundraising's process to collect remaining $850,000

- Helped with the moving process from 2 Prudden St. Masjid to the Bull Hill Lane Plaza (remodeling, construction, and other tasks)

- In charge of the weekend school administration

 

2014-2016: Elected to serve as Board of Trustees member

- In charge of weekend school (with a group of sisters' assistance)

- Helped to organize the first outdoor NHIC Eid Carnival (with the group of sisters)

- Joined a subcommittee for bylaw review

- Leading Jummuha prayer and giving Jummuha Khutba in case of emergencies (no imam available)

 

2016-2018: Elected to serve as BOT VP

- Created the first School Board of Education

- Part of the Bylaw amendment team

- Helped to create the first Kids Playroom

- Part of the Youth Sector and Education Sector

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

Freelance Graphic Designer, Entrepreneur.

As a Business owner, I have personally managed all aspects, including business negotiating, dealing with the Local, State and Federal government, Banks, Lawyers, Human Resources, Training; Management (Hiring etc.), Bookkeeping, Accountants, Budgeting, Profit & Loss, Marketing, Complaints, Customer Service and Satisfaction.

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

My long-life commitment volunteering for Allah (SWT) at the NHIC and growing up in this beautiful community for the past 23 years. I gained so much experience serving in every field, with different challenges, at different times, with different teams. I learned to be professional in everything that must be done.

I have come to know respect and gained experience from many elders of our

community in over two decades.

I learned to be a good communicator and good listener, and the most important lesson, building strong communication and transparency are necessary qualities for any future NHIC President.

I have served under three Executive Committee Presidents and two Board of Trustees Presidents. I believe that I am well prepared by the Grace and Mercy of Allah (SWT) to be the next NHIC president, InshAllah.

May Allah accept everything I did and will do for his sake ONLY, and forgive me in any past, present and future shortcomings.

Shamssud-deen Kandjrika

 

Number of years spent in this community 

7

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

Previous volunteer work: 

  • Giving dawa
  • Masjid cleaning
  • Helped in the social and religious events
  • Organized youth activities
  • Supervised children activities in the Masjid and during Ramadan   

Current volunteer work:

  • Boys & Girls Halaqa Coordinator
  • Volunteering in the subcommittee of donations

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

Manufacturing Engineer at FRANKLIN PRODUCTS, one of the company that leads the airline seat cushion and upholstery market with innovation in aesthetics, ergonomics and engineering.

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

I am a graduate from the University of Connecticut from which I have a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a specialization in Biomechanics. During my time in school, I served in several communities. I am a former Muslim Student Association President at Gateway Community College. I served as a Khateeb in several Mosques and also served as a weekend Islamic School Principal at the  Islamic Center of UConn. I volunteered at NHIC in many activities and I am currently a Youth Halaqa Coordinator. 

<><><>Candidates Running for Vice President<><><>

Tariq Khan

 

Number of years spent in this community 

20

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

My Executive Committee team did many projects in our plaza such as:

  • A brand new roof
  • New LED lights in our Masjid
  • Installed new drop celling in the sisters' section
  • Repainted section 9 where our classrooms are for Arabic and Quran School

Besides saving hunders of dollars on these projects, I contributed to creating more transparency for the community by:

  • Using QuickBooks
  • Hiring a book keeper

Additionally, we hired a new school principal so that we can have proper management. Finally, and for the first time in Eid, we introduced breakfast in a box and planned two Eid festivals. Last but not least, I helped involving youth in our Masjid activities. 

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

  • Works in finance industry
  • Masters in finance

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

I posess management skills and believe in unity. 

Mohammad Marouf

 

Number of years spent in this community 

10

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

Volunteer at NHIC

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

  • I am a double major in electrical engineering and network engineering.
  • I am working for Comcast and in parallel manage the IT department for two veterinary hospitals. 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

I am the founder of the Muslim Students Association at University of New Haven and I have served our community for years by now. I know a lot about my community. 

Abduljawad Rabah

 

Number of years spent in this community 

34

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

  • Volunteered in expanding 2 Pruden St. Masjid
  • Helped organize Eid Celebrations at Masjid 
  • Volunteered in all family activities and outings such as picnics and camping
  • Volunteered in youth activities such as canoeing, hiking, and sporting events
  • Annual participation in preparing and serving Ramadan Iftar
  • Volunteered with bylaw amendment team

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

I am currently a Plant Manager at Naes Incorporation in Hartford, CT. since 2010.  I was previously a Plant Engineer since 1999. My role entails maintaining a facility with 45 employees and a budget of 12 million dollars. I have experience in managing large contracts and I am familiar with contract formation and execution. Due to the nature of my work, I am familiar with large money transactions. I also received training on human management and diversity.

  • Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Haven
  • Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Bridgeport
  • Masters of Science in Management (MSM) at Albertus Magnus College
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Albertus Magnus College

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

What differentiates me from other candidates is my vast experience in human management and diversity, budget management, and the execution and formation of contracts. I believe all of the skills that I have gained through my work are applicable to the administration of the Masjid and make me a stronger candidate.

<><><><>Candidates Running for Treasurer<><><><>

Mumtaz Chaudary

 

This candidate has not submitted any information

Mohammed Mohamednoor

 

Number of years spent in this community 

15
 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

Most of New Haven Islamic Center activities

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

  • Supervisor Pro Park at Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Currently a shuttle driver

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

  • MBA Finance New Haven University 2018
  • Bookkeeping Certificate Gateway Community College

Ahmad Nasir

 

Number of years spent in this community 

22
 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

Helped out at community events 

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

No answer provided

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

No answer provided

<><><><>Candidates Running for Secretary<><><><>

Amina Mrabet

 

Number of years spent in this community 

21

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

  • Plan all the ladies activities
  • Manage the Ramadan activities
  • Manage all the Eid breakfasts
  • Help with cleaning 

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

  • Currently Store manager
  • Previously a Medical Assistant 

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

  • Open Minded
  • Work with the group
  • Would like to develop a Quraanic full time school 

Karima El-Hamraoui

 

Number of years spent in this community 

18

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

In Prudden St.:

  • Created the family camps in 2000
  • Created the children weekend activities
  • Ceated and managed the weekly and monthly family activities
  • Managed the monthly family dinners

In Bull Lane:

  • Create and manage the sisters liaison subcommittee
  • Create the children Ramadan Camp
  • Create and manage the Sisters' prayer section during Ramadan
  • Plan the Eid Al-Fitr Carnival
  • Member of the Board of Education of the Islamic School at the Masjid
  • Pland and Manage all the monthly cultural events where each country shared its heritage

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience?

I am an Educator and Curriculum Facilitor in a New-Haven Public School  

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

I enjoy working with the group, sharing ideas and creating new programs with the community 

<><><><>Candidates Running for Member<><><><>

Eeman Abbasi

 

This candidate has not submitted any information

Abdul Aziz Baig

 

Number of years spent in this community 

20

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

Active community member

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

  • Language & culture instructor
  • Peace corps
  • Teaching
  • Geriatic Mental Heath case worker

Anything else you would like to share with the community

No answer provided

Abdul Rahman Nached

 

Number of years spent in this community 

26

 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

I lead the prayers when the Imam is not present. I have also given Friday sermons as well as Islamic lectures several times. 

 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

I am a business owner 

 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

I have been with this community for over 26 years and have contributed greatly through volunteer work, for example setting up for Eid events and helping out families in need. I am overall very familiar with the community. 

<><><>Candidates Running for Sisters' Liason<><><>

Ghazala Shaheen

 

This candidate has not submitted any information

Athena Shatara

 

Number of years spent in this community 

4
 

Official or volunteer work in our community 

Alhamdulillah, I have served as a volunteer on several NHIC Sub-Committees/Sectors . I've also served our community by organizing many children's programs including Ramadan Camp, Kids' Fun Day, Kids' STEM Day, & Robotics Programs. I also helped plan and organize 2016 & 2017 NHIC Eid Carnivals. Currently, I am serving as a NHIC Robotics Team coach, a member of NHIC Board of Education, and volunteer on Mondays & Wednesdays at NHIC School as an Administrative Assistant.
 

What do you do for a living/past or present professional experience? 

I have a degree in Business Administration & Marketing and have worked as Financial Director at a full time Islamic School. I also have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Preschool Management. For the past 10 years, I've taught elementary, middle, and high school students and I volunteer as a child/parent advocate for Muslim families in the public school system. I currently serve on the Board of Trustees for Haven's Harvest, a Non-profit in New Haven, CT which helps redistribute food to communities in need.
 

Anything else you would like to share with the community

No answer provided