Governance

Executive Council

Chairman:
Dr. Sohail Simjee
Member:
Yasmeen Ahussain
Member:
Ikbal Kolsy

Board of Directors

President: Sondos Kholaki
Vice President: Michelle Nashef
Secretary: Hadeer Soliman
Treasurer: Umer Habib
Board Member: Adam Wang
Board Member: Ahmed Shama

Sondos Kholaki

Sondos Kholaki was born in Damascus and raised in Southern California. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing. She has been featured in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register. Sondos is passionate about teaching others about Islam through service and interfaith connections. She has actively volunteered for the Islamic Center of Southern California, Masjid Al-Hedayah, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Muslim American Society. Sondos joined the ICOI community in 2010 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. She is also a member of the Irvine Women’s Interfaith Council and volunteers regularly at Woodbury Elementary School.

Fun facts: Sondos enjoys an excellently brewed cup of coffee, gourmet dates (not the people, the fruit), and listening to Qur’an recitation by Turkish qurra’ (reciters of the Qur’an).

Michelle Nashef

Michelle Nashef was born in South Korea and has resided in Irvine since 1986. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and is currently working as a Network Engineer/Architect. Michelle was raised in a fundamentalist Christian family and after almost 20 years of trying to reconcile her beliefs, found peace in Islam in 2004. She has been a part of the ICOI community since her reversion. As an advocate for new Muslims, the poor, and women in crisis, Michelle has served on the Social Committee and helped found the New Muslim Support Group at ICOI. Michelle was invited to join the Board of Directors in 2013.

Fun facts: In her spare time, Michelle enjoys watching HGTV and cruising through the orange groves of California on her motorcycle.

Umer Habib

Umer Habib was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and currently works as a Senior Quality Management Engineer at the Capital Group Companies. Umer has volunteered at ICOI since 2009, during which he helped establish several committees to provide a platform for volunteers. Umer joined the Board of Directors at ICOI in 2012 and currently serves as Treasurer. He has resided in Irvine since 2007.

Fun facts: Umer enjoys gardening in his spare time, growing herbs, veggies, and fruits in his backyard.

Adam Wang

Adam Wang was born in a suburb of Chicago and raised in Southern California. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, trained in medicine at UCSF, UCSD, and Harvard, and is a diagnostic radiologist. At UCLA, he was President of the Muslim Student Association in 1996-97 and has since provided mentorship to Muslim students. He has lived in Irvine with his wife and three children since 2011 and has been on the ICOI Board of Directors since September 2013.

Fun facts: When Adam isn’t working or spending time with his family, he enjoys pulling espresso shots and working on his latte art, auto detailing, sharpening kitchen knives by hand, and grilling what might be the best burger you’ve ever had.

Hadeer Soliman

Hadeer Soliman is a student at Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from UC Irvine, where she served as vice president and public relations coordinator of the Muslim Student Union. She was born and raised in Southern California and has been a part of the ICOI community since its inception.

Fun facts: Hadeer enjoys discovering new cultures and places, and she hopes to continue traveling.

Ahmed Shama

Ahmed Shama was born and raised in Southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Science from UCLA in Computer Science and Engineering with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. At UCLA, he served as President of the Muslim Student Association, Editor-in-Chief of Al- Talib newsmagazine, and a member of the Associated Students Board of Directors. He contributed to founding MSA West, a grassroots coalition of Muslim Student Associations across the West Coast. He has been involved with the ICOI community since its inception and has lived in Irvine since 2007. He has served on the Board of New Horizon Irvine since 2010 and was invited to serve on the ICOI Board of Directors in 2013. He works as an IT consultant in enterprise and solution architecture.

Fun facts: Ahmed’s hobbies include travel, politics, technology, and coaching his daughters’ soccer teams. He belongs to a rare breed of Muslim baseball fans, and he dreams of his Dodgers winning another World Series soon.

If you wish to reach the Board, you can do so by selecting “Board of Directors” on our contact page.

By-Laws

A copy of the ICOI By-Laws can be downloaded for review by clicking here.

 

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