Rami Nsour spent a number of years in Mauritania where he studied at some of the foremost Islamic Colleges (mahdaras).  He completed studies in various subjects Islamic studies and received traditional teaching license (ijaza) to transmit what he learned. In addition to his extensive study of Islamic law (fiqh), he was afforded an extraordinary ‘in-residence’ experience to train in answering questions (fatwa) of Islamic faith, law and practice.


Rami has translated traditional Islamic texts, done extensive spiritual counseling and public speaking, and teaches regularly both in-person and online.  He co-founded the Tayba Foundation, which is the first organization to offer a distance-learning program in Islamic Education to incarcerated men and women in the United States.  He has extensive experience in curriculum development, specifically with character (akhlaq).  Rami holds a B.A. in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood and a M.A. in Educational Psychology.  Rami resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.



Michelle Harmer serves as the role as Academy Administrator involves managing the development of the unique Islamic studies curriculum that Tayba o to incarcerated men and women. As a part of helping students attain success with Tayba, Michelle is working on developing student tracking, and implementing best practice in all aspects of Tayba’s courses.  also lends a hand in other Tayba projects including development and outreach.


Michelle holds a BA (Hons) in Retail Marketing and a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).  As a retail marketing graduate, Michelle has five years experience in both business-to-business and consumer marketing and PR.  She brings an additional six years experience from the nonprofit sector.


Michelle is originally from Britain and embraced Islam in 2004.  She is married, has one child and currently lives in Toronto, Canada.  About working with Tayba she says, “Personally, the work is a means through which I hope to please Allah’s beloved (Allah bless him and grant him peace), and thus have him acknowledge me, insha Allah.  I support the work Tayba does as I believe it is a sincere effort to improve the lives of our students, those around them, and their communities. Tayba is delivering to these students what they need, that is reliable, practical education in a highly accessible form.”



Zeeshan is a CPA with 9+ years of experience working in Silicon Valley in financial and accounting leadership roles for startups and Fortune 100 companies. He has also founded several successful NGO’s and served on the board of many as well. He is passionate about facilitating second chances and roads to redemption for prisoners.



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Jahad Mogaddedi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Since graduating, he has primarily focused his time and efforts working in the non-profit and technology world first interning for a small non-profit that focused on relief work in Africa and then in Customer Success at one of the largest tech companies in the world. Some of his main interests are international development work and spending time with his friends and family. Jahad currently works in the non-profit world in grantmaking.



Salim Patel was elected onto the Board in April 2009. He is the President of the Board of Education and oversees all committees.


President Patel is an alumnus of Passaic High School and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in finance. His experience in corporate finance and management have allowed him to bring a business perspective to the board, and he is committed to ensuring the board works to maintain the confidence of the community. His experience has also provided him a strong understanding of what skills our graduates need compete in the global marketplace.


Patel exudes a feeling of excitement when he speaks about his alma mater and helping the school district, explaining, “there are many opportunities for urban school districts to be at the cutting edge of technology implementation- enhancing district operations as well as the student learning experience.” Patel also advocates that “student curriculum should adapt to the fast-paced changing needs that come with globalization. The changes must be visionary and challenging, taking into account the context of our urban school district.”


As the proud father of two young children, Mr. Patel is a strong believer in Passaic children and encourages parents to be the driving force for improvements in schools and educational policy. He notes, “Parental involvement should be heavily stressed from the child’s preschool years; it is a starting ground for educating parents on the importance in their voice as advocates for their children.”


As Board President, Patel is focused on establishing relationships with businesses and corporations as well as identifying key federal and state grants that can provide added funding for the school system. He is optimistic for the future of Passaic students and the City of Passaic.



Bio coming soon.