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ACMC Board of DirectorsNisa Muhammad

Nisa Muhammad
, Co-President, is the Assistant Dean for Religious Life at Howard University responsible for religious programming, advocates for the religious needs of Muslim students, teaches non academic classes on the Islamic tradition and works closely as part of the staff in the Office of the Dean of the Chapel to foster inter religious dialogue and cooperation.  She also organizes Muslim worship and devotion services, counsels and advises students, faculty, staff, and answers a myriad of questions and challenges from race to religion to relationships. She is also the advisor to the Muslim Students Association. Mrs. Muhammad is on the boards of the Association of Muslim Chaplains and the Association of Campus Muslim Chaplains.  She is a graduate of Hartford Seminary, Class of 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies and a graduate certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy.  She is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Howard University’s School of Divinity.

          result for patricia anton chaplainPatricia Anton, Co-president, Patricia Anton is the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a background of working with Muslim, interfaith, academic and peace-building institutions, including: the International Interfaith Peace Corps, Islamic Society of North America, Islamic Relief, Pillars of Peace, and American University, among others. Patricia’s studies and work have taken her to Egypt, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, the UAE, Yemen and Senegal. Patricia received her BA in International Relations from the Ohio State University, MA in Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, A Graduate Fellowship in Non-Profit Management and Governance from Indiana University, additional graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and currently is completing a certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy with Hartford Seminary.
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Sadaf Rauf Shier, PhD., Secretary, is Associate Chaplain at the University of St. Thomas. Sadaf was born in Lahore, Pakistan, the ninth of ten children of a policeman and a Sufi Muslim. Carrying forward the message of interfaith love and peace from her sufi shrine, she has been engaged in interfaith activities in Minnesota in an effort to bring down barriers of fear and prejudice by getting to know one another.

IImad-ad-Dean Ahmadmad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D., Treasurer, has been Muslim chaplain at American University's Kay Spiritual Life Center since 2012, before which he was Muslim Chaplain at the Clifton T. Perkins maximum security mental hospital in Jessup, MD. He graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1970 and in 1975 obtained a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Arizona. He teaches introductory courses on Islam at the Wesley Theological Seminary and has lectured on Islam at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, the University of Maryland College Park Honors program, the International Institute for Islamic Thought, the Foreign Services Institute and for the Joint Special Operations University’s Middle East Orientation Course. He is also Imam of the Dar-adh-Dhikr Mosque, President of the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation and of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, and arbitrator for the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. He is the author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer's Perspective in Religion and Science, editor of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom, and co-editor of Islam and the West: A Dialog.  His essay “An Islamic Perspective on the Wealth of Nations” appears in the International Library of Critical Writings on Economics series #129 The Economics of Property Rights. His most recent book is The Islamic Rules of Order.

 Abdul-Malik Ryan, JD, Director at-large, is Assistant Director of Religious Diversity and Pastoral Careat De Paul University.He graduated from Georgetown University Law in 1998 and worked for 14 years as an attorney and guardian ad litem for children in the Cook County child protection system. He co-founded the Inner-City Muslim Action Network.