The Mecca Center encourages members to participate in our General Assembly & Election Day this Thursday, November 14, 2019. Ballots will be available on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at The Mecca Center between 9am and 12pm for early voting (in case you are unable to attend the General Assembly) and between 6pm and 8pm during the General Assembly. For questions or more information, please contact email@example.com.
Meet The Mecca Center 2019 Board Candidates
You can also view and download the 2019 Board Candidates Sheet online!
Ajaz Hussain, Ph.D.
Ajaz is at The Mecca Center at various times during the day. He is an accessible board member who is approachable, dedicated, and committed to fulfilling the goals of The Mecca Center. He is known to possess a sincere and respectful attitude toward fellow constituents and their views. His passion to serve the interests of The Mecca Center and the community has been reflected in his devotion as the chair of the Mecca Center Education Committee, working alongside Sheikh Ahmed Alsheikhy, Director of Mecca Quran Institute, Dr. Linda Hamadeh, Principal of the Sunday School, Mrs. Mai Jawich, Principal of Baraem, and many dedicated staff and teachers. He has previously served as the chair of the Mecca Center Annual Fundraising Committee and Treasurer of The Mecca Center through 2010. He continues to serve as a member of the finance committee. Ajaz has integrity, competence, insight, dedication, and effectiveness to continue serving The Mecca Center.
Akram Kholoki, M.D.
Akram Kholoki was born and raised in Damascus, Syria and completed his medical schooling at the University of Damascus. He moved to the United States in 1990 and has lived in the Chicago area since then. He completed his cardiology residency and fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Akram has 4 daughters with his wife Tourkieh Kholoki. He and his family have been part of the Mecca Center community for more than 10 years. Akram feels privileged to witness the growth of the community and masjid and has been volunteering with the Religious Affairs Committee for the past year. He also volunteers with the Mecca Quran Institute by giving Quranic Tajweed lessons. He hopes to continue serving The Mecca Center in various capacities.
Amro Kudssi is an IT volunteer for Mecca Center software-based platforms, including the Mecca Center app and internal Mecca Center platforms. Amro has been volunteering for the community since he moved to Chicago. Professionally, Amro has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Aleppo University and MSc. Software Engineering from DePaul University in Chicago. He works as a Senior VP Software Architect at JPMorganChase Merchant Services – a leading major payment processing platform. Amro has pending US utility patents, and is the current president of the Arab American Association for Engineers & Architects (AAAEA). Amro enjoys swimming, gardening, and traveling. Most importantly he loves the community and Allah SWT. Amro resides in Westmont with his wife and three children.
Sameer Afsar is currently the CIO at Graymont Medical. His career focuses on promoting companies’ efficiency through technology automation. He earned his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, specializing in Finance and Healthcare Management. Sameer and his family moved into the Mecca Center community 3 years ago. Sameer has since volunteered at Mecca and leads the Family and Special Events Committee. He recently helped organize the Food Truck Eid Festival. Sameer was previously a board member at the Downtown Islamic Center (DIC) and Apna Ghar, a domestic violence shelter. He has spent many years volunteering at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He is excited to bring his experience to Mecca Center’s future.
Shakir Moiduddin, M.D.
Shakir Moiduddin is among the ten people who were involved in the project of The Mecca Center from its inception. He has been involved in interfaith work for the past three decades and served as the chair of interfaith committee for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention for the past 30 years. For The Mecca Center, he currently serves as Vice President, a member of Executive Committee, and chair of the interfaith and health and fitness committees. He believes that The Mecca Center is one of the most diverse mosques in its membership and leadership and feels blessed to be a contributor to The Mecca Center.