Executive Director & President
Ishrat Husain was born in Aligarh, India. He grew up in Karachi and migrated to the US in 1966. He has a bachelors (Univ. of Karachi)and masters degrees (Univ. of Pennsylvania)in Physics and a masters (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ) in Electrical Engineering. Ishrat currently works for IBM, and has been involved with Rahima since it's founding in 1993.
Patricia Khan Vice-President
Patricia Khan, a senior citizen, leads an active life taking part in numerous social welfare programs throughout the bay area. She received her BA from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, majoring in Math with a minor in Biology. She received her M.S. in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University. Patricia started off as a social worker, and then went on to being a Parole Agent for the California Youth Authority for almost 30 years. Now that she is retired, she is involved in a number of volunteer activities including being the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Commissioner and incoming First VP Scales of Justice Lions. She has also been president of the Los Gatos/Saratoga American Association of University Women (AAUW) and President of Southwest Santa Clara Valley League of Women Voters and Chair of Santa Clara County Council League of Women Voters. Through AAUW, she continues to work with homeless women and children in Santa Clara County. She is currently also a Child Advocate representing the interests of dependent children in the Court system. Patricia is widowed with four adult children.
Omair Farooqui, Vice President
Omair Farooqui is a business attorney with significant experience working with nonprofit organizations with regards to inception, governance, and finance. He represents numerous mosques, temples, churches and a wide variety of public benefit entities. Omair began practicing law in 2000 and worked for a large national firm prior to co-founding Ellahie & Farooqui LLP in 2008. At Ellahie & Farooqui, Omair manages the High Technology Practice group, consisting of professionals with experience in Corporate, Intellectual Property, Employment and Immigration law.
Aida Hamshari, born in Mukkala, Yemen, was the 4th of 12 children in her family. She came to the United States in 1976 on a full Daly Scholarship from World Airways to attend Santa Clara University. There she met her husband, Gamani Rajapakse, who is from Sri Lanka, and married him in 1980. She earned her BS in Finance and graduated in 1981. Aida went on to work as a corporate accountant for the next 10 years at Logistics, FMC and Dataquest. For the past 11 years, she has been working at the University Finance Office at Santa Clara University. In addition to her work Aida has taught Sunday School for over 10 years, and been involved in various Da’wah activities such as visiting prisons, community diversity, and interfaith programs. Aida has been with Rahima Foundation since it’s inception, when Rahima collected canned food from the community on Friday’s and distributed to the local needy. As time passed, Rahima grew to meet the needs of the community. Aida and her husband are in charge of Rahima activities in East Bay, delivering food to needy families on a monthly basis. She also keeps tabs on the financial activities of Rahima Foundation, as our Treasurer. Aida is married with two children, Thamer and Thanna, who have been Rahima volunteers since a very young age.
Sharifa Ma, was born and raised in Taiwan. She received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University and completed her MS degree from University of Wyoming. Currently, she is supplier quality specialist at Air Liquide. She has been with Rahima Foundation since 1994, and has held various responsibilities throughout the years. Along with her involvement with Rahima, she has been volunteering as a Sunday Islamic School teacher, and has been part of several Dawah activities in the Bay Area. Sharifa has a son, Yusuf, who has also been involved with Rahima since a very young age.