Meet our Directors
Nadia Ashraf-Moghal, M.D., President
Nadia Ashraf-Moghal was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She is the daughter of Mohammed and Ismat Ashraf and grew up attending the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. She is a graduate of Sylvania Southview High School. She attended the University of Toledo for her undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and then attended the Medical College of Ohio (now UTMC) for medical school. She attended St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for her residency in Emergency Medicine and is a board-certified emergency physician that currently practices at St. Lukes’s Hospital in Maumee.
Nadia is married to Nadeem Moghal, who is an interventional pain management specialist. They have two children: Raza, age 15, who attends St. John’s Jesuit and Zakaria, age 6, who is in the 1st grade.
Nadia has served on the Council of the Islamic Center for three 3-year terms. She began her first term in 2013 as the Chair of Religion and Education. She then went on to be the Secretary of the Council for the next two years. At the start of her second term, she was elected to be the President of the Council and served in this position for the next 4 years. She was instrumental in the search and hiring of our previous religious leadership, as well as in bringing financial stability to the Islamic Center.
Nadia is currently the co-chair of the Capital Campaign that the FICGT has launched and is hoping to reach our $10M goal to ensure the future stability and growth of the Islamic Center. This increase in the endowment will allow the Foundation to aid the Center in improving its service to the community, whether it be social services for the elderly, educational opportunities for the youth, and the development of the 48-acre campus.
She hopes to help identify and organize the current committees of the Foundation, make the Foundation more visible in the eyes of the Muslim community and greater community, and give the community a better understanding of what the Foundation is and who/what it serves. Nadia hopes to work with the current leadership team to create a broader vision for future generations.
Jameel Burkett, Vice-President
As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Burkett Restaurant Equipment, Jameel Burkett is recognized for the vision, insight, purpose, and drive with which he has led the company to its current position as a market leader in the food service equipment industry. Since joining Burkett in 2002, he has positioned the company for success, prompting extensive revenue growth and expanding the organization from just five employees to over 70 currently. Jameel has consistently recognized the importance of a sound e-commerce base for the company and the importance of continuous innovation to access customers both locally and nationwide.
Prior to becoming President in 2011, Jameel served in many different roles during his tenure with the company, including sales, business development, and operations. He is very active in the food service community and serves on the board of directors for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA).
In 2012 Jameel was awarded the Business Excellence Award from the Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Hall of Fame. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semifinalist. Additionally, Jameel was named 2013 Top Achiever by FE&S Magazine. In 2019 Burkett was an award recipient of the Management Excellence Award by Foodservice Equipment Reports Magazine. Lastly, in 2021 Burkett received the Champion for Young Leaders Award by the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA).
Jameel was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He is a graduate of St. Francis De Sales, class of 1998. He graduated in 2002 from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s in Business, majoring in Information Systems, with a minor in Finance and eCommerce. In 2016 Jameel completed him MBA from the University of Toledo.
Saleem Zafar, M.D., Secretary and Chair, Scholarship Committee
Saleem Zafar is the Secretary of the Foundation and chair of our scholarships committee.
M. Razi Rafeeq, M.D., Executive Director, Islamic Food Bank of Toledo
Dr. M. Razi Rafeeq has been an active member of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT) since he moved to Toledo in 1982. He served on the ICGT Council for 12 years and chaired several committees, including the Religion and Education, Social Services, Finance and Budget, Visiting Scholars, and International Festival committees. He is a past president of the Center and has also served on the board of directors of the Foundation of ICGT. He has been a member of the ICGT Board of Trustees since 2005 and served as chair of the Board for 8 years. He has been a member of the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo (IFBT) committee since its inception in 2008 and currently serves as chair.
Dr. Rafeeq is an allergy/immunology specialist practicing in the Toledo area for over 35 years. In addition to his work in the medical field, Dr. Rafeeq is active in the Toledo community in the areas of children’s literacy and food insecurity.
Dr. Rafeeq resides in Holland, Ohio with his wife Shahida, and has three children, Asma, Mona and Mounir and three grandchildren, Sania, Zayna and Umar.
Rita Mansour, Director
Named by Barron’s Investment News Magazine as one of the Top 100 Female Advisors in the United States, Rita advises clients in the U.S. and around the world. Fluent in three languages, her correspondent relationships allow her access to global markets and a vast client list including professionals, business owners, retirees, foundations, endowments and institutions involved in various areas of commerce. Rita’s combination of worldwide clientele, keen sense of entrepreneurship, and attention to detail provide her clients with a unique perspective.
As Senior Managing Director, Rita and her team are focused on comprehensive wealth management and work closely with attorneys, CPAs and other experts to help assure each client receives complete professional counsel. Quoted often in local and financial media, she has been consistently recognized as a member of the Forbes/Shook Best in State Wealth Advisor Ranking, which ranks the top advisors in America. This award is given to advisors based on assets under management, ethical and moral standards and client satisfaction.
Rita has recently received many additional awards, including her alma mater Notre Dame Academy’s Hall of Fame Award, Toledo’s 20 under 40 Award, and Arab American of the Year. She also was named Outstanding Alumni of the Year of The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation and received the prestigious YWCA Milestone Award for Business. Recently, she was nominated to receive the Jefferson Award.
As a registered representative of FINRA, Rita holds Series 7, 9/10, 31, 63 and 65 licenses. She is also a licensed insurance agent in the areas of life and health. Further, Rita earned the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® (IMCA®) and taught in conjunction with The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
A Toledo native, Rita earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Toledo, where she developed and maintained a successful promotional products company. The company’s success, largely due to Rita’s marketing and business acumen, led the University of Toledo’s College of Business to ultimately award her the Edwin R. Hodge Memorial Entrepreneurship Award as a student in college.
Rita passionately believes that giving back to her community is an important responsibility. She is actively involved in many civic and philanthropic organizations and serves as a Board Member of the Toledo Museum of Art, Lourdes University, and the Advisory Council of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Rita is also on the Grants Committee of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation. She also currently serves as the Co-Chair of Momentum, a 3-day regional celebration of the arts and cultural assets of the surrounding communities She is also an Honorary Board Member of the Arts Commission. She is a Co-Chair of our capital campaign, Rooting Islam in America.
Dr. Nasir Ali, Director
Dr. Ali has been a member of ICGT for over 40 years and its foundation since its inception and believes in all good things they are involved in helping our community and NOW.
Naveed Ahmed, Director
Naveed Ahmed is the past president of the Foundation and a long-standing member of The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. He has served on its governing Council for more than 20 years, chairing many committees including Religion and Education, Maintenance, Youth, and Publication. Has has also served on the ICGT Board of Trustees and also is on the leadership Committee that operates the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo. Mr. Ahmed retired from the Anderson’s in 2016 after 41 years, serving in many leadership positions in Operations and Business Development. He and his wife Rehana are active members of the ICGT. They have two boys, Nadeem and Noor and two grandchildren, Kiran and Noorah.
Agha Shahid, M.D., Director
A graduate of Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Agha Shahid is a practicing psychiatrist and has chaired the department of psychiatry at Flower Hospital.
Steven Ariss, M.D., Director
Dr. Steven Ariss, MD is a Urology Specialist in Toledo, OH and has over 50 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Ariss has extensive experience in Urinary Conditions, Urinary Calculi & Removal, and Male Reproductive Disorders & Procedures. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s University/Faculty of Medicine in 1973. He is Vice-President of the Toledo Clinic, past president of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County.