Staff

Operations:

Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director
Maha is the founder of ING and author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Paky ElHossamy, Accounting Manager
Paky is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas with two master’s degrees in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Texas. She is a former financial and tax analyst and has worked as an accountant for the last decade.

Content:

Ameena Jandali, Content Director
Ameena is a founding member of ING. She co-designs and develops ING’s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars. Ameena has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects. She has also appeared on many news outlets speaking on issues relating to American Muslims. She currently team teaches classes on Islam as well as Women in the Middle East at City College of San Francisco. Ameena received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and B.A. in History from the University of Illinois.

Henry Millstein, PhD, Content Manager & Programs Analyst
Henry holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of California Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations. He worked for sixteen years with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon developing a program to preserve and teach their native languages and cultures. He has taught humanities and history of religion at GTU, Stanford, and the University of California Berkeley and Davis. Henry has a B.A. in Classics from Reed College and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a published poet and fiction writer.

Programs:

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Hind Ghandour, PhD, Programs Manager
Hind’s doctorate is in Cultural Anthropology from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. Before joining ING, Hind was the programs officer at San Francisco State University’s department of Ethnic Studies. She spent two years researching refugee communities in the Middle East, with a particular interest in youth engagement and organization. She holds a master's degree in Business Studies from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the American University in Beirut. Hind has taught Political Science and Arabic language courses at the University of Exeter. She is an experienced educator, published author, trainer and speaker.

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Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator
Kate obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in the Study of Religion, with concentrations in Islam and Hinduism. Before joining ING, Kate worked for the University of Florida’s Center for Global Islamic Studies and Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions, helping to coordinate conferences and events and creating interfaith initiatives in the Gainesville, Florida area. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College, with degrees in Psychology, Philosophy and Religion.

Ishaq Pathan, INGYouth Manager
Ishaq earned his B.A. from Hamilton College with a major in Anthropology and minors in Education and Middle Eastern & Islamic World Studies. For his anthropology senior thesis, he performed an ethnographic study on American mosques and the perspectives of the Muslims who attend them. While at Hamilton, he served as the Senior Chapel Fellow; president of the Muslim Student Association; and co-founder of the All Beliefs Union, an organization dedicated toward promoting dialogue between people from different religious and secular backgrounds. Ishaq is also a member of the Interfaith Youth Core Alumni network and the International Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota. 

Communications:

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Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager
Tim received his MA in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver with a concentration in Religion and Politics in the Middle East and Central Asia. He also has a BA in English Language and Literature from Aurora University in Illinois. Tim was an inaugural member of the Faiths Act Fellowship, an elite international program for interfaith leaders run by the Interfaith Youth Core and Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

Steven Cohen, Media Consultant
Steve is a communications consultant who focuses on creating and developing content and programs that advance public interest organizations and causes. He held senior communications positions at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, and at the University of California Office of the President in admissions and outreach, as well as for a National Science Foundation-funded initiative. Steve’s writing, publications, and videos have been recognized with awards from several organizations. He earned his M.A. with Honors in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, where he also received his B.A. and teaching credential.

Muslim-Jewish Connection:

Fattin Wekselman, Muslim-Jewish Connection Coordinator
Fattin Wekselman received her BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Syiah Kuala in Indonesia. Her hometown was near the epicenter of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami — which she survived — and Fattin subsequently dedicated herself to community development. She worked with the United Nations World Food Program and other NGOs to help rebuild areas affected by the tsunami. Fattin partnered with the French consulting firm SOGREAH to author a study assisting the regional water authority with infrastructure repair. She has also worked with refugee resettlement efforts on the Thailand/Myanmar border and as a Sustainability and Community Development Manager for one of the world’s largest gold and copper mines in Laos.

ING is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of its staff.