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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Zavior " Zuhair" Johnson

Executive Director

Zaviour Johnson's journey from the streets of Rochester ,NY, where personal tragedies shaped his resolve, to becoming an advocate for transformative change within underserved communities, defines his mission. Affected profoundly by gun violence and the loss of his older brother, Zaviour's passion for reform led him to dedicate his life to human services.

Graduating from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice, Zaviour's academic foundation underpins his commitment to understanding and addressing the complex issues faced by vulnerable communities. His dedication to uplifting at-risk youth is encapsulated in his published work, Stories You Ignore: The Temple. This book stands as a testament to his holistic approach in supporting youth while inspiring change among young adults.

Zaviour's impactful presence extends beyond the pages of his book; he's recognized as an impassioned and action-oriented guest speaker. His compelling speeches resonate with audiences, encouraging proactive engagement to drive meaningful change.

Now serving as the Executive Director of Barakah Muslim Charity, Zaviour Johnson aspires to be a beacon of change and coexistence, fostering unity and progress within the community. His relentless pursuit of social justice and his commitment to empowering marginalized voices define his leadership at Barakah, as he champions causes that resonate with the organization's values.

AbuBakr Abdul-Latif
Director of Operations

AbuBakr Abdul-Latif serves as the Director of Operations for Barakah Muslim Charity. He acquired a B.S. in Human Development/Psychology from SUNY Empire State College. Mr. Abdul-Latif studied Islam and Arabic language in Damascus Syria, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia for many years. He has served as the Imam/religious leader for Masjid Iqamatiddeen in Brooklyn NY and prison chaplain for New York State. Mr Abdul-Latif is passionate about helping those who need help and lives by the prophetic statement, “God will help His servant as long as His servant is helping others.”

Beatrice Beyah
Kitchen Manager

Currently the BMC Community Kitchen Manager she has had a diverse work experience, having worked in banking, customer relations, strategic planning and Holistic Health. Beatrice is a former teacher and Principal of Sr Clara Muhammad School, Rochester NY. She received a B.S in Organizational Management at Roberts Wesleyan College and is certified as Natural Health Practitioner by Trinity School of Natural Health. She enjoys giving lectures on nutrition and aromatherapy.

Munye Abanur

In 1994 fled his war-torn country of Somalia and lived in Kenya until 1998. He came to America as a refugee. He first landed in Texas, then shortly after moved to Rochester. With the help of the community he learned English, making that the 4th language he can speak, and became involved in the work of transportation. Now he gives back to his community. As a refugee himself, his goal is to always help new refugees in every way possible

Mawia Elawad

Mawia Elawad, born in Sudan, is a 2017 graduate of Alfred University where she double minored for Women’s and Gender studies and Global Studies and earned B.A in Communications studies and Spanish. Her passion to cultivate culture and compassion within communities has led her to be the current coordinator for the City Rochester’s chapter of Flower City AmeriCorps. Mawia uses her ability to speak English, Spanish and Arabic to serve communities in need navigate complex systems prevalent in our society

Sabrina Anglin
Pantry Manager

Sabrina Anglin has a heart of compassion and care. Her experience has taken her from healthcare with Visiting Nurse Services and several other reputable agencies in the Greater Rochester area. Furthering her career and passion Sabrina volunteered with LifeSpan of Greater Rochester as an NY State Licenced Long Term Care Ombudsman advocating for the elderly and disabled population. She continued on volunteering in the Rochester City School District as Parent Teacher Assistant as well as Teacher Assistant. In full filing her fieldwork credits towards her Human Services Degree she delivered Meals On Wheels to the elderly and homebound.

 

Sabrina currently work as a Pantry Manager at Barakah Muslim Charity. She was the first person to answer the call for service in volunteering in the Mobile Food Distribution Giveaway. She started out volunteering in pantry then over the years of being a helper and giving back to her community she climbed the ladder of hard work and compassion which has prepared her to assumed the position as Pantry Manager.

Spencer Ash

Spencer is an experienced litigation and transactional attorney with vast public and private sector experience. Spencer practices law in New York State Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has worked as counsel for several Fortune 100 companies and currently represents the City of Rochester, New York. Spencer is a Rochester native, a graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School, S.U.N.Y at Buffalo and Touro Law Center. He specializes in state, federal and appellate litigation, as well as contract law.

 

Spencer is also a passionate community advocate who has served on the Foundation Board of the Monroe County Bar Association, participated in Lawyers For Learning as both a mentor and a Vice-Chair, was President of the Rochester Black Bar Association in 2013 and has contributed to periodicals such as the Daily Record and Our Voice Magazine. He has been named an Emerging Bar Leader, an Emerging African American Leader, received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Rochester Black Bar Association, is a graduate of Leadership Rochester, and a recipient of Dale Carnegie’s Outstanding Performance Award.

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