Please direct all communication for Rami to Ammiel Mateen (ammiel @ imancentral.org), Executive Associate
Rami Nashashibi has served as the Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) since its incorporation as a nonprofit in January 1997. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago and has been an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities across the Chicagoland area, where he has taught a range of Sociology, Anthropology, and other Social Science courses. He has worked with several leading scholars in the area of globalization, African American studies and urban sociology and has contributed chapters to edited volumes by Manning Marable and Saskia Sassen.
Rami has lectured across the United States, Europe, and Asia on a range of topics related to American Muslim identity, community activism and social justice issues, and is a recipient of several prestigious community service and organizing honors. Rami and his work with IMAN have been featured on many national and international media outlets including the BBC, PBS and a front page story in the Chicago Tribune. In 2007 Islamica Magazine profiled Rami as being among the “10 Young Muslim Visionaries Shaping Islam in America” and in 2009, Chicago Public Radio selected Rami Nashashibi as one of the city’s Top Ten Chicago Global Visionaries. Rami was named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in concert with Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He was named a White House “Champion of Change” in 2011, and was also invited by the governor of Illinois to serve on the Commission for the Elimination of Poverty and as a member of the Governor’s Muslim Advisory Council.
Rami lives with his wife and three children on Chicago’s Southwest Side.
Altaf Kaiseruddin, MD: IMAN Health Clinic Director
altaf @ imancentral.org
Dr. Altaf Kaiseruddin grew up in Chicago and has been active in the Muslim community his entire life. He has volunteered on and off with IMAN since its inception, and formally joined IMAN as Clinic Director in November of 2010. He obtained his Medical Degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Wausau Family Practice Center. His entire career has been dedicated to health care for the under-served.
alia @ imancentral.org
Alia J. Bilal is a native of the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in International Studies and a concentration in Islamic World Studies. She studied Arabic and Islamic history in Cairo, Egypt, and is currently conducting extensive research on the experiences of Black American Muslim youth. She has also taught English to international refugees in Cairo, and taught cooking and life skills classes to a group of inner-city youth in Washington, DC, while simultaneously serving as an intern for the Muslim Public Service Network. Alia has volunteered with IMAN for several years in different capacities, including helping to organize publicity for “Takin’ It to the Streets”, serving as a mentor for the Pillars of IMAN program, and hosting and performing at Community Café. Alia is a freelance writer and performer, and is currently working on writing and editing her first manuscript.
Michelle Anderson: Behavioral Health Manager
Michelle Anderson is currently the Behavioral Health Manager at IMAN. Dr. Anderson is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in this field from The Ohio State University with a quantitative psychology minor. She is skilled in assessment, psychological treatment and statistics. She is experienced in program evaluation, action research, and clinical trials studies. Michelle has specialization in conducting large-scale needs assessments and community-wide surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, case studies, archival data reviews, and community engagement-feedback. She began her career as a senior research associate and consultant with the Loyola Marymount University Psychology Applied Research Center (LMU-PARC) at its inception as a visiting assistant professor to LMU’s psychology department in 2007. Following her work at LMU, Michelle completed two applied research postdoctoral positions studying borderline personality disorder at Wake Forest University (2010-2012) and gender responsive services for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (2012-2013). Dr. Anderson has scholarly publications related to Black Psychology, the study of personality and most recently treatment services for incarcerated women.
shamar @ imancentral.org
Shamar brings with him vast experience in the areas of civic engagement, community organizing and youth development. Born on the South Side of Chicago. He attended Langston University in 1999 and began studying Sociology. Upon his return to Chicago in 2005, he took a position at the Mosque Foundation as youth coordinator, working with both Arab and African American Muslim Youth. In 2007, Shamar was recruited to participate in Public Allies, a leadership development program started by Michelle Obama. After graduating from Public Allies in 2008, Shamar began working for the Inner-City Muslim Action Network as coordinator for the organization’s youth department. He posses many years experience working in low-income neighborhoods throughout the Chicagoland area, both as an Organizer & Adult Ally to young people.
Janice Bond: Arts & Culture Director
janice @ imancentral.org
Janice Bond is responsible for the production of IMAN’s signature Community Cafés, the urban international music fest “Takin’ It to the Streets”, and other arts and culture programming. Janice has been the lead strategist and consultant alongside a stellar team for business development, education, branding, and collaborations with arts based companies and organizations worldwide. A combination of “Northern edge”, “Midwest will”, and “Southern hospitality”, her clients have included world-class artists, marketing agencies, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 100 companies. Bond’s forward-thinking high-energy approach, leadership, and insight have been utilized in the past decade for a range of interactive and creative campaigns globally. Alongside a delegation in 2007, Janice Bond was the only Western woman to record and archive the 60/40 celebrations at Gandhi Smirti in New Delhi, India.
harriet @ imancentral.org
Harriet Lewis has an eclectic professional background, and has worked and volunteered in service to others for over twenty years. She has been the executive director of organizations that serve women internationally, local small business owners, survivors of domestic violence, and youth. A former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer to Guinea-Bissau, she co-founded an organization that served refugee and immigrant women, and has presented internationally to leaders in business, health professions, and government. Harriet holds a PhD from Walden University in Human Services- Social Policy Analysis and Planning, and an MPA- Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
angela @ imancentral.org
Angela joined the IMAN family in 2007 as Receptionist / Office Manager. She is now the Operations and Facilities Manager. Angela graduated from Wilbur Wright College and for five years served as Security Manager at Sofitel Water Tower Hotel. Angela is certified in CPR and Basic First Aid, is a Certified Nursing Assistant, a Designated Fire Deputy certified by the Chicago Fire Department, and is certified in emergency preparedness.
madeehah @ imancentral.org
Madeehah has served as volunteer with IMAN since 2003. She attended Barry University for Pre-K Primary Montessori Education. She also worked at Clara Mohammed School in Miami as a Pre-K instructor for four years.
bilaal @ imancentral.org
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