Barakah Muslim Charity’s President
Irshad Altheimer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Rochester Institute of Technology. His research examines the sociological and cultural factors impacting crime and criminal justice policy. Since accepting Islam in December 2000, Irshad has been actively involved in the Muslim community. He is a founder of Barakah Muslim Charity, which serves the poor and needy in the greater Rochester area. He also contributes articles to OnIslam.net
Borden D. Mills
BMC’s Outreach Coordinator
He was born in Rochester and went to school in Ohio and New York State, graduating with a degree in English Literature from the State College of New York at Geneseo in 2002. In 1999 he took his Shahadah at the Medina Masjid on East 11th St. in New York City. He currently lives in Brighton with his wife and four children and has been employed by Victor, N.Y. based Kirtas Technologies, a leading global digitization provider, as a Trainer and Technician since 2003.
Spencer L. Ash Esq
Spencer is an experienced litigation and transactional attorney with vast public and private sector experience. He has worked as counsel for several Fortune 100 companies and currently represents the City of Rochester. 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 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.
Andriana Ongoiba, M.A., TESOL
Director of Refugee Services
Andriana has worked professionally with refugees and other displaced people for several years and is multilingual. She spent most of her career working for human rights agencies in New York City providing psycho-social services as well as legal advocacy for clients. She currently serves as the Executive Director at Refugees Helping Refugees and writes the grants for Barakah. She is grateful for the chance to be one of the first Americans many refugees meet in Rochester and to welcome people openly, gently guiding them to follow their own paths to find all forms of success in this life.
Building Facilities, Transportation Coordinator, Refugee Committee VP
From Somalia, a refugee himself, Brother Munye arrived to Rochester in August 1998
Working with some other brothers in the community, he quickly learn the need for many things such as transportation, household items, and clothes. Since then he has always been around to lend a helping hand and assist anyone in need.
Food Pantry Manager
Community Kitchen Manager, Fund Raising, Grant Writer