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The affairs of the organization are managed by a Board of Trustees, which consist of a president, secretary, treasurer, and other Board members. The Board exercises all the powers of the organization and has the primary goal of taking all possible steps to implement the vision, mission, and objectives of the organization. In addition, the Board of Trustees has formed an independent Community Advisory Group from community members to serve as a “sounding board” to the Board, with primary functions to:

  • recommend nominees for vacant Board of Trustees vacancies;
  • meet with the Board regularly to obtain an update on the Center’s operations/finances and new initiatives, and disseminate this information to the rest of the community, and
  • provide feedback and guidance to the Board.



KHAMIS 100-140Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Ph.D.
President, Board of Trustees

Dr. Abu-Hasaballah received formal education in Physics and Engineering and has worked in the Information Technology and Informatics for the past 20 years. He currently serves as an Assistant Vice President for Research IT Services at UConn/UConn Health. He is an active member of the local Muslim community where he leads Friday congregational services, speaks at interfaith events, and teaches in weekend Islamic schools. He’s a founding member of Madina Academy – Connecticut’s only independent fulltime, daytime Islamic school. Khamis is an avid runner and soccer player. He enjoys coaching soccer, gardening, and the outdoors.


RUBINA 100-140Rubina Ali, D.M.D.
Vice President, Board of Trustees

Dr. Rubina Ali has been an active contributor to the success of various endeavors undertaken by the FVAMC. As the founder and President of Dental Arts of Avon, P.C, in Avon, Connecticut, and iSmile Family Dentistry in East Hartford, Dr. Ali has been a well recognized member of the healthcare community and a successful entrepreneur in Connecticut. As a member of the Board, she brings her significant experience in organizational structure and management.

Dr. Rubina Ali is a graduate of the Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. She has subsequently completed several courses in cosmetic dentistry and business management. She brings with her a caring nature and sincerity towards achievement of the goals of FVAMC. She lives in Avon with her husband Dr. Ahmad Ali, and their three children Hashim, Aizah and Zayba.


NOORA 100-140Noora G. Brown, M.A.
Member, Board of Trustees

Ms. Brown holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian-Muslim Relations (Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT). She holds a Certificate of Gerontology Studies from the Worcester Consortium Studies Program and a training certificate from St. Francis Academy for Clinical Pastoral Care. Ms. Brown accepted Islam as a way of life and has been involved in Christian-Muslim interfaith and dialogue. She is a busy stay-at-home mother of three and has recently joined the Pastoral Advisory Committee at the UConn Health Center, Farmington, CT as a representative of the Muslim Community in the Farmington Valley. She is FVAMC’s Chairwoman of the Interfaith Committee.


NAUSHER 100-140

Nausherwan Burki, M.D., Ph.D.
Member, Board of Trustees

Dr. Burki is a clinician, teacher, and research worker and is Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut, USA, in the division of Pulmonary & Intensive Care. He has held this position for the past 9 years, prior to which, he was Professor of Medicine & Chief of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA for 20 years. He is the author of a book on pulmonary medicine and has a number of book chapters to his credit. In addition, he has published more than 86 peer reviewed scientific papers.

Dr. Burki serves on numerous National and international professional boards and committees. Dr. Burki serves on several nonprofit charitable organizations: he is the Trustee of a not-for-profit charitable organization – the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal, Inc., USA which gathers donations for the care of cancer patients. He is also on the Board of Founding Members of the International Network for Cancer Treatment & Research (INCTR), Brussels, Belgium, as well as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Burki has an enormous amount of experience on the prevention, diagnosis and management of a very wide range of disease states in particular COPD (the number 3 killer in the USA) and Lung Cancer (the number 1 cancer in the USA).


CHAKER 100-140Chaker Dridi, M.S.
Secretary, Board of Trustees

Mr. Dridi is a father and teacher, residing in the neighboring town of West Hartford, Connecticut. He studied linguistics and translation at the University of Tunis, La Univesidad Autonoma de Madrid, and La Sorbonne. He holds a Master’s degree and Diploma of Advanced Studies from La Sorbonne. He worked as a translator for six years in Berlin Germany. He is a certified World Languages teacher in the state of Connecticut and has taught French, German, and Spanish at Avon High School. Chaker is an active member of the greater Hartford Muslim community; he helped manage the Weekend Islamic school at the Association of Greater Hartford in Berlin, Connecticut, and participated in many projects for the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Chaker is an avid runner, who ran long distance races and marathons. He also enjoys watching his children play soccer.


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Ola Ghoneim, M.S. Ph.D.
Member, Board of Trustees

Dr. Ghoneim is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy in Hartford, Connecticut. She holds a Master of Science degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Mansoura University, Egypt and a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Prior to coming to CT, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California and an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy, Qatar University. Dr. Ghoneim has held several administrative responsibilities; she served in the faculty senate, honor council, and was the chair of community outreach and planning of events committee. She was the host and the organizer of students exchange program between Qatar and USA. She is the faculty advisor for the inaugural class of 2014 at University of Saint Joseph.

Dr. Ghoneim is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Chemical Society. She enjoys community service and was actively involved with Autism Society of North Carolina, Sports for Special Athletes in Southern California, and Walk now for Autism. She participated in the Health and wellness festival, Mercy shelter food serve, and Muslims Against Hunger.
Dr. Ghoneim enjoys traveling with her husband and her two teenage boys and learning about other cultures. She is FVAMC’s Chairwoman of the Hospitality Committee.


ATIQUE 100-140Atique Mirza, M.D.
Member, Board of Trustees

Dr. Atique A. Mirza is a Consultant Cardiologist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford Connecticut and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Cardiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, and is actively involved in the training of cardiovascular medicine fellows. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is the founding president of the Allama Iqbal Medical College Alumni Association of North America, the founding President of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America, Secretary of the Association of Pakistani Cardiologists of North America (APCNA), and is a Board Member of the US PAK Foundation.

Dr. Mirza is a community activist, who has been involved in increasing the recognition of health and social issues faced by Asian Americans at the local and national level. He testified in the Connecticut General Assembly before the Appropriation Committee for the Asian Pacific American Commission in 2009.


FARYAL 100-140Faryal Mirza, M.D.
Member, Board of Trustees

Dr. Faryal S. Mirza is a graduate of Aga Khan Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. She’s a clinician scientist faculty in the School of Medicine and consultant endocrinologist at John Dempsey Hospital at University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, and a certified.

Specialist in Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension. She served as a primary care physician in underserved rural Virginia for six years before moving to Massachusetts where she completed a clinical research fellowship in hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Faryal Mirza lives with her husband Dr. Atique Mirza (Board member) and three children in Avon, CT. She is FVAMC’s Chairwoman of the Community Service and Outreach Committee.

 naseem 100by140Naseem Shaikh, CPA
Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Mr. Shaikh recently retired from a long career as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at UTC Aerospace Systems and Carrier Corporation, where he was entrusted with full financial responsibility, financial statement preparation, budgeting, forecasting, compliance with the requirements of Sarbanes – Oxley, and internal control compliance. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.

Mr.  Shaikh has been an active and core member of Muslim communities in central Connecticut, including the Islamic Center of CT and the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford. He is a founding member of the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center.


Dr. Irfan Munawar (Chair)
Mrs. Ramla Shaikh
Dr. Inam Kureshi
Dr. Salman
Dr. Mustafa Kamal Khan
Ms. Faiza Harris
Dr. Hisham Alnajjar
Dr. Yehia Aryan
Dr. Naveed Hussain
Mrs. Tasneem Hussain
Dr. Anees Ahmed
Dr. Nauman Mufti
Dr. Lalaruskh Mufti
Ms. Reem Nouh
Dr. Angabeen Khan
Mr. Mohammad Pasha
Dr. Batool Ahmed
Mr. Kaiser Aslam
Dr. Zafar Rashid
Mr. Gulab Aneed