Founder, and President of the Board
Growing up in Mississippi amidst the turmoil of the civil rights movement, Suzanne developed a passion to help the vulnerable. Daughter of a grassroots activist who instilled the principles of being both open-hearted and open-handed, she found her true home in the Islamic faith. As a “Revert” to Islam, Suzanne has taken her advocacy a step further by creating Taiba, a nonprofit which aims to connect and provide services to an under-served group in our community: Muslim women.
VP of the Board
Joe is an American Scholar of Islam, instructor, entrepreneur, and ethical investments advisor. He regularly lectures on topics such as Islamic law, legal theory, financial ethics, and thought.
Joe graduated with an LLB in comparative Islamic Law and Legal Theory from the Islamic University of Medina, KSA focusing on financial law, legal maxims, the legal thought of the Hanbali school. In 2005, Joe became the first American to be accepted to the Masters of Law program in the same university. Shortly thereafter Joe started work as a senior consultant in Islamic banking, specializing in deal structuring, drafting review, and Shariah compliance. In 2009, Joe received his Master of Law In adjudication in the Shafi school of Islamic Law. Joe also attended Rice University's Financial Planning program.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Nadeen is a democracy activist, a women's advocate, and leader in the Libyan-American community.
Nadeen has done significant work with program and project management catalyzing grassroots change including serving as the President and on the board of directors for five years at the Libyan American Organization. Recently moving back from New York ,where she led the Social Impact department at a tech startup, Nadeen's passion is capacity building. In the past, she worked with Interfaith Ministries, the World Affairs Council, the Clinton Global Initiative, and United Nations Women in Jordan and NYC.
Nadeen has her Masters in International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University in New York City, and she earned her BA in International Development, Finance, and economics from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas early with the highest honors. She is currently pursing a Certificate for Leadership for Nonprofit Executives at Rice University.
As an educational management leader, Mays is driven to develop holistic strategies that are easily tailored to enrich the experiences of unique student populations. Being a multicultural educator, Mays has an extensive background knowledge in international student services and academic population in order to foster their academic success. By promoting an environment, which inspires and engages students, Mays works closely with team members to bring forth innovative ideas that will enhance the skills of students and build future leaders. She has a master in educational management development and currently serves as the Educational Director of the Summer of hope program in Houston. Previously Mays was the principal of Iman Academy.
Mays makes volunteerism a priority in serving refugee communities rebuild their life skills in the United States. Serving the community for over 10 years through non profit organizations, community outreach and implementing fundraising strategies for great cause that can positively impact on the lives of people. “The joy in dedicating my time for the happiness of others is what keeps me inspired”
Alicia Patino earned her Masters in Cross-Cultural Studies and B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake focusing both on the Middle Eastern Studies as well as Healthcare research. Her undergraduate work focused on vaccination perceptions and its effects on treatment seeking behavior.
Trained in cultural anthropology, her interests include social determinants of health and human rights and social justice. Through the Model Arab League Student Organization, Alicia has competed and served as Chief of Staff twice at the regional level with the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and competed nationally in Washington D.C. at Georgetown University. Her research in preparation for representing the State of Palestine in conference sparked a fierce advocacy for Palestinian rights as well as global Muslim identity.
Last summer, Alicia taught ESL to refugee and immigrant youth through the Worldwide Mental Health organization's Summer of Hope program.
Alicia has been serving Taiba’s programming and development team since its inception in Summer 2017.
Khalis Rashaad has a joint background as a student of both Accounting/Finance and Islamic Studies. He has studied numerous sciences of the tradition, including Qur’anic exegesis, Arabic language and basic jurisprudence under the tutelage of several teachers and scholars. Khalis’ teaching style focuses on empowering others to engage the Qur’an and Prophetic example and apply in their lives in a practical way. Currently he serves as the resident imam of Ibrahim Islamic Center. Ibrahim Islamic Center is a mosque that focuses not only on the spiritual needs of its members, but also on the socio-economic issues in the urban community surrounding the center. Khalis Rashaad maintains an active role in community outreach. He works on initiatives assisting new converts, at-risk youth and ex-offenders. He also assists at mosques and organizations locally and nationally. He often leads the Friday talks and conducts classes and workshops on the Islamic sciences, social justice, finance and entrepreneurship.