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Ahsan currently resides in the Los Angeles area and he’s a friend of mine whom I know personally. Ahsan serves as the Local President  of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community there in LA but by profession he’s an Ophthalmologist with a record of tremendous humanitarian work.

Chase is both a Marine Corps and Army Veteran. A Naval Academy graduate, he served as an infantry officer, then moved to the Army Special Forces. He now serves as a producer and director with “We are The Mighty.”


Ahsan & Chase


Waqas is a friend of mine who resides in the Dallas area. He’s also married. In his professional life Waqas does software management while also serving as local youth president of Ahmadiyya community’s, Dallas chapter. 

Joe Jenkins served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he deployed to the Al-Anbar province of Iraq and to disaster relief operations in the Caribbean. After his service in the military, Joe returned to his hometown of Dallas, Texas  to serve as a high school science teacher with Teach for America. Joe is a graduate  of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and was a Ben Barnes Fellow. He is also a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas.  He currently teaches in Dallas.

June 9

Waqas & Joe


June 9

Rahim & Troy


Rahim resides in Old Bridge, NJ and he’s a personal friend of mine of many years. Rahim is a family man and a humanitarian - he’s served on many, many projects to help lift his fellow man. Currently, in his professional world he works as a radio frequency engineer with AT&T.

Rahim - Troy is a US Army Veteran who served as a chaplain. He was a “Mission Continues” fellow these past six months and has led the Veterans For American Ideals (VFAI) Chapter in NY/NJ.


Hazeem resides in the Atlanta area and is a personal friend of mine. Hazeem also serves as the local President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Atlanta Chapter. He’s a family man and in his professional life serves as an IT Director for DS Services of America.

Wendy is a US Army Veteran who served a tour in Afghanistan. She is a operations supervisor at UPS.

june 8

Hazeem & Wendy


Matt Zeller is the Co-Founder of No One Left Behind, a Truman National Security Fellow and adjunct fellow at the American Security Project. He is also the author of Watches Without Time (Just World Books, 2012), which chronicles his experience serving as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2008. He earned a BA in Government from Hamilton College and a MPA and a MA-IR from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

june 6

Matt & I


Zeeshan resides in the Long Island area and he’s a good friend of mine. Him and his family are in the restaurant business with ownership of restaurants in the New York area as well as Baltimore. Zeeshan is also a humanitarian involved in many activities benefiting his fellow man.  

Rob Giorgi is an Army Veteran who recently graduated from Columbia University, earning his B.A. in Sociology. While completing his studies, Rob has served and continues to serve in some capacity with various Veteran Service Organizations, Habitat for Humanity NYC, Vets for American Ideals, and continues to tutor first-generation college students at the Middlesex County College Instructional Resource Center. He lives in Union, NJ.

june 6

Rob & Zeeshan


june 6

Ibrahim & Alex

Ibrahim Chaudhry is a personal friend of mine originally from Pakistan. After becoming a US Citizen several years back and completing his undergraduate at George Mason University, he began working for the Department of Labor as an IT manager. Ibrahim is a humanitarian, a “go getter” and involved in various duties serving his fellow man. He also serves on the National Executive Team of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Youth Auxiliary - Majlis-Khuddamul Ahmadiyya (MKA). Ibrahim is engaged to be married and his mom/dad reside with him. He currently resides in Aldie, VA.

Alex Vazquez was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina. He enlisted into the US Air Force out of high school and was assigned to work with the National Security Agency joint-service site in Texas, where he provided intelligence support with the 543rd Support Squadron. After completing his active duty enlistment, he continued to service in Air Force Reserves. He attended the University of Miami where he received his bachelors degree in political science and psychology. He has since earned a Masters or Public Administration from Norwich University - Military College of Vermont and is currently a law student at UDC. He is currently a Case Management Team Legal Assistant at the World Banks International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, contributing to legal dispute resolutions between international investors and member states.


Imam Mahmood Kauser is an Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community based in New York. He went through 7 years of rigorous education/training in theology and comparative religions. He also has a strong hold on multiple languages like English, Urdu and Arabic

Reed is a retired US Marine Corps Colonel. He is a military historian who was the head of the ethics department at the US Merchant Marine Academy. Last year he published a book, “Soldiers and Civilization.”

June 5

Imam Mahmood Kauser & Reed



Akmal & Tanika

Akmal resides in the LA area and is a personal friend. He’s a husband and a father of three young children. His wife is an elementary school teacher of 4th graders. Akmal is also a humanitarian and serves as Regional President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Communities Youth Auxiliary. In his professional life he serves as an IT Manager. 

Tanika is a US Marine Corps Veteran, artist, and photographer. Her work focuses on humanitarian and environmental issues. She is currently based in the Los Angeles area.



Shazad & Sean

Shazad Butt is the Vice President of Engineering at Vionx Energy. He joined Vionx with 17 years of experience in research, product development, and manufacturing in the field of alternative energy and advance battery technology. Shazad holds 12 patents in the field of batteries and advanced alternative technologies and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wayne State University.

Sean Horgan was born in Ireland and enlisted in the US Marines shortly after becoming a US resident. He served everywhere from the Arctic Circle to a tour in Fallujah, Iraq, where he led a rifle platoon of 44 Marines. Sean led Team Rubicon’s development in New England, serving as the first Regional Administrator and growing the Veteran-powered disaster response team to over 1000 members. Sean is a Product Manager at Verily, an Alphabet company focused on making the world’s heath data useful so that people enjoy healthier lives.


june 1

Erfan & Harry

Erfan is married with 3 children ages 12, 8 and 5 years old. He graduated from UWM with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering, and currently work as an automation engineer. He also serves as the regional coordinator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and a regional outreach coordinator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.  In his free time he enjoys the Wisconsin outdoors and traveling.

Harry Bolich is a Navy Veteran (and Naval Academy graduate) who served as a surface warfare officer. He and his wife Mary live in Wisconsin since he retired from the US Navy.


may 31

Imam Azhar Haneef & Mike

Imam Azhar Haneef resides in Silver Spring, MD. He’s a family man and a world traveler. He’s probably been to more countries then you and I combined, and trust me I’ve been to a good amount. Imam Azhar Haneef serves as the Missionary in-charge of all missionaries of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in America. He also serves as Vice-President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. 

Mike is a retired US Army Officer with three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He helps returning veterans secure employment through the Washington Center on Internships and Academic Seminars Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) program.


may 31

Salman & Tony


Salman and his wife have two boys, 3 and 8 years old. Sulman is a graphic designer by profession and his wife works for Cisco as a program manager. They specifically wanted to host a couple so they could both fully be involved in this amazing opportunity. 

Tony Clapp is a retired EA-6B Naval Flight Officer with over 25 years of service from Fredericksburg, VA. He has a BS from the Ohio State University, a MA from the US Naval War College, and has had multiple tours at sea and overseas supporting Operations Southern Watch, Joint Guard, Iraqi Freedom among others.


MAY 30

Haris & Doyle

Haris Raja completed his education here in the United States, graduating with a degree in engineering. He later completed his MBA at Smith Business School at the University of Maryland College Park. He currently works in the area of networking and is a Manager at CISCO. He is also married with 3 young boys.

Doyle Hodges is a 1992 Naval Academy graduate who served as a surface Warfare officer, commanding two ships and finishing his career as the chair of the department of seamanship and navigation at the Naval Academy. He just completed a PhD at Princeton University in political science and will join the faculty of the Naval War College in Newport RI in the fall.


MAY 26

Masood & Michael

Masood resides in Fitchburg, MA. He’s a family man, married with 3 children. He’s also in many ways a humanitarian serving in various capacities in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for many years. In his professional life he is a locomotive engineer working on freight trains for the last 25 years. Masood loves travel! And so far he's visited 25 countries!

Michael Trudeau grew up in Plymouth, MA and joined the US Navy Submarine Force after high school and served as a sonar man on the USS Columbus where he conducted a western pacific deployment. After the Navy, Michael attended Northeastern University where he studied international political economy. After spending time in the private sector, Michael is currently back at Northeastern pursuing his MBA. He lives in Belmont, MA with his wife Shelly, son Brandon, daughter Madeline, and dog Sampson.


Amjad is a retired US Navy Officer. He also served on the Enlisted side as well. Him and his family have a long history of service to the US Armed Forces. Currently, he is a plans health and safety strategy for the Pentagon. 

Maureen is a US Army Veteran who worked counter intelligence from 2001-2006. She now serves as Assistant Director of Veterans Health Council for Vietnam Vets of America.

May 25

Amjad & Maureen


MAY 24

Scott & I

As the Director of National Security Outreach, Scott Cooper is Human Rights First’s chief ambassador to the national security community.  He leads Human Rights First’s efforts to build partnerships with members of the military and national security communities as well as national security-focused think tanks and research institutions. He also leads the project, Veterans for American Ideals, a nonpartisan movement of military veterans who advocate American leadership on human rights.

Prior to joining Human Rights First, Scott spent a career in the Marine Corps. He flew the EA-6B Prowler, serving five tours in Iraq, two in Afghanistan, one in Europe, and one in the Western Pacific.  He flew the Bosnian and Iraqi no-fly zones, the Kosovo air campaign, and in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He also served on the ground as a Forward Air Controller in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He commanded an EA-6B Prowler squadron and finished his career as the speechwriter to the head of Marine Corps Aviation.


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Haris Raja completed his education here in the United States, graduating with a degree in engineering. He later completed his MBA at Smith Business School at the University of Maryland College Park. He currently works in the area of networking and is a Manager at CISCO. He is also married with 3 young boys.

Robb Davies is a US Marine Corps Veteran who served in various roles, including as an Arabic linguist and cultural advisor. He has worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill and is now a student at the American University Washington College of Law.

MAY 21

Haris & Robb


MAY 20

Nasir & Kristen

Nasir is straight up a what I call a, humanitarian and “go-getter” — an example and role model for many of us, I must say. He’s also a husband, father and an extremely busy at times ICU doctor. 

Kristin is a US Air Force Veteran and health care attorney with the law firm of King & Spalding, LLP. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania and St. John’s School of Law, where she co-founder the Armed Forces Society. Her pro bono legal services include representing a former interpreter for the US Army in his efforts to obtain a special immigrant visa.


Imam Hammad currently resides in Washington, DC. Originally from Canada, Hammad serves as an Imam in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community which means he went through 7 years of intense training in theology and comparative religions. 

Will is a US Army Veteran who served in Iraq as an interrogator. He graduated last year from the University of Michigan Law school and works for Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis in Washington, DC.

MAY 19

Imam Hammad & Will


Usama resides in the Columbus area. He's in his final year of medical school at Ohio State. 

Gretchen is a US Air Force Veteran who was a linguist on intel aircraft. She is fluent in Arabic (Iraqi dialect), and soon will graduate from Ohio State University. 

MAY 17

Usama & Gretchen