2022 ICGT Council
Mohamad Orra, President
Mohamad has served on the Council of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo since July 2016. He initially chaired the Membership Committee and was Treasurer of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo from July of 2017 to December 2019. He received a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Toledo. He has 10+ years of experience working in finance and banking. Mohamad also holds the position of Trustee and Treasurer of the Foundation of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, has assisted in operating the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo, and has volunteered at the ICGT on countless projects. Mohamad is married to Dena Orra and has three children, Mazin, Yasmin, and Zayd who attend the ICGT weekend school. When he isn’t working or volunteering at the Islamic Center, he spends time bike riding with his family, gardening, and trying very hard to find some free time to do a little fishing.
Sana Ashraf Ali, Vice President
Sana holds a BA in Psychology with Distinction from the University of Michigan as well as a JD Law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is married to Dr. Syed Sohail Ali with 2 children, Syed Sulaiman Ali and Sarah Mariam Ali. Her interests include spending time with family, studying the Quran, Sunnah, and Hadith, exercising and volunteering at the mosque. Her future goals are to eventually practice immigration law when she has taken care of all her family obligations, raise well- mannered and kind children with a firm understanding of Islam, and lastly help as many people as possible in any way she is able to.
Monier Deeb, Treasurer
Monier lives with his wife Sereen in Sylvania, Ohio, and is the son of Ghassan and Aida Deeb. Monier was born and raised in the Toledo area and graduated from the University of Toledo in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. Shortly after graduation, Monier took on an Accounting role with a local trucking company. After spending several years with the company, he partnered with some of the previous owners to purchase and establish a new transportation brokerage firm and a private security company, both of which he currently operates. Monier chaired the 20th Annual International Festival at ICGT. Monier is also a committee member of the Karoun Annual Reunion organization. His interests include playing sports, watching UFC, and spending time with friends and family.
Mir Rian Ali, Secretary
Rian is a lifelong Ohioan having grown up in Cleveland prior to moving to Toledo to attend the University of Toledo where he earned a BA in Creative Writing and an MBA in International Business and Management. Rian is the Chief Information Officer at the Lucas Group and has been working in the Human Capital industry for over 15 years. He is married to Mubeen Ali and has two daughters, Izzah and Jaza. Rian has actively been assisting with the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo and has been also been chairing the Center’s race team for The Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure. When he isn’t working or volunteering at the Islamic Center, he spends time running, biking, reading books, watching movies and listening to music.
M. Naushad Hasan, Council Member
Naushad holds a Master’s of Engineering degree in Industrial and System Engineering from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor’s of Electrical & Computer Engineering degree from Youngstown State University. Naushad works for Buckeye Partners, L.P, an oil and gas distribution Company, as a Project Manager specializing in controls and automation systems.
Naushad enjoys spending time with his two daughters Maham & Sania along with his wife Mehreen Hassan. Naushad’s hobbies include playing cricket, flying radio-controlled airplanes and drones, and volunteering.
Naushad has been involved in the Building and Property Maintenance committee at the Islamic Center and took the lead in the construction of the cricket pitch and soccer field on our grounds. He served as Treasurer for the past two years.
Rowaida Smidi-Darwich, Council Member
Rowaida has served on the Council of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo since January 2015. She chaired the Ways and Means committee which included tasks such as organizing weekly Sunday coffee hours and helping organize fundraising dinners for the mosque. She has also been the Chair of the Religion and Education committee. Helping out with the full-time school and Sunday school were just a few of her responsibilities.
Prior to serving on the Center’s Council, she was President of the Islamic School of Greater Toledo Board. Her children all attended the Islamic School of Greater Toledo and are currently enrolled in Al-Nour Weekend School. Rowaida is married to Dr. Maamun Darwich and has three children Kareen, Adam and Zayd.
Mariam Abdoney, Council Member
Mariam is the third daughter of Hassan and Aziza Abdoney. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Mariam grew up at both the original Islamic Center on Bancroft St., as well as at the current Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. Mariam has been actively involved in the Center her whole life. She has volunteered in the Sunday School as a teacher and has volunteered in running the Sunday kitchen for many years.
Mariam is a critical care nurse at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She also works as a home health nurse for the elderly. She is the mother of two twin sons, Mohammed and Adam, who are actively involved in the youth group.
Najwa Badawi, Council Member
Najwa holds a BA from the University of Toledo and has taught ESL. She has served on Council for the 5 years and is currently the chair of the Public Relations Committee. Najwa is of Palestinian descent, having been born in Lebanon and moved to Toledo when she was 10 years old. Najwa is married to Ahmad and has 2 adult children, Reem and Omar.
Michael Saleh, Council Member
Michael, a native Toledoan, has been a committed member of the ICGT community for as long as he can remember. Michael is the son of Ahmad and Elham Saleh, and the eldest brother to his siblings: Hanan, Dalila, and Ollie. In high school, Michael earned his Eagle Scout award for helping renovate the basketball courts for the Islamic Center. From 2006-11, Michael attended the University of Toledo graduating with a B.S. in Biology. He later went on to receive his Master’s in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of Toledo, followed by a Master’s in Public Health Administration in 2014. His interests include playing sports, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
David Shelton, Council Member
David has served on the ICGT Council since 2017. He is a field technician with T-Mobile and has over 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. He and his wife, Amy are long-time ICGT community members and have served in various volunteer capacities at the center. His wife, Amy, is the Pre-School and Pre-K Director and Teacher at the Islamic School of Greater Toledo. David is currently the Chair of Building and Property Maintenance committee. David and Amy are parents to David and Sofia, both ICGT Sunday School and ISGT alumni and current college students in engineering at the University of Toledo.
Nada Kaake, Council Member
Nada is the middle child of Habib and Soubhieh Kaake. She was born and raised in Toledo, and has been heavily involved in the community from a young age, beginning by attending Sunday School at the Islamic Center then eventually becoming a Sunday school teacher for a few years. Nada is very passionate about everything she has her hand in, and that includes giving back to the very community that has raised her, and has become dedicated to volunteering and helping with planned events like the yearly International Festival and in other various volunteer capacities in and outside of the Center. She has been an ICU nurse for five years, three of them at UTMC, the past two years at U of M’s cardiovascular ICU, and is currently pursuing her master’s in nursing. When Nada isn’t busy being an active and important participant in the lives of those around her, she enjoys reading, going to the gym, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her niece and nephew.
Ali Abou-Arab, Council Member
For over 10 years Ali Abouarab has been a leader and innovator in his regional role with GDI Services. He has successfully led and developed a multi-state operation all while happily married to his beautiful wife Mariam for almost 15 years. Ali and Mariam have 2 sweet daughters, Jenna who is 5 and Emilia who will be celebrating her 4th birthday in December.
Ali actively grew up in the ICGT community with his parents and 3 older brothers and now happily lives in Perrysburg where the mosque is only a short drive away.
While feeling fulfilled in his career and life at home He always knew that serving his community was the one piece missing. Ali is looking f
orward to being a council member for ICGT to contribute and help facilitate a better future for his kids and his community.
Saba Zafar, Council Member
Saba has been a part of the Toledo community for 18 years. Her and her husband, Saleem, are the third generation of ICGT members in their family. Prior to moving to Toledo, Saba attended medical school in Pakistan. She is now raising her two daughters, who regularly attend ICGT’s Sunday School and Pillars Youth program. Saba has participated in programming arranged at the Center for the last few years, including organizing and managing booths at the International Festival and assisting with Sunday kitchen responsibilities. Saba is hopeful that she can contribute more formally to the Center and is confident that she will be a valuable asset to the Council.