Founders

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Although Bait-ul Jamaat was founded by 5 families in June 2015. It started with Imam Zulqarnain Abdu Shahid wanting to make a difference in the underserved communities right at his home-base – Staten Island.

With that concept in mind, Jamilah LaSalle, his wife and Associate Director of Richmond Senior Services, shared his vision by his side and together along with five other families helped paved the way to where BJ House of Community is at today.

With our love for Allah (swt), prayer, perseverance and consistency, we started Bait-ul Jamaat and have been enjoying its successes. Working together to help the under-served is none other than a privilege.

Board Members

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Romel "said" Shuler

(Interim Chair)

While an advocate and Human Services provider, Romel Shuler has volunteered his services working with people who could not afford legal representation. Mr. Shuler was formerly employed for the Center for Court Innovation at the Staten Island Youth Justice Center as a Youth and Community Program Coordinator.

Romel also managed credible messengers with True 2 Life – An anti-gun violence initiative that is part of the NYC Mayors Crisis Management System. Romel Shuler has a Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on Social Science in the Human Service field, and is currently a consultant and Public speaker

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Jean Council

(Board Member)

Jean Council is a Retiree from NYS Division of Parole after serving15 years. Ms. Council was employed as a Home Health Aide and is presently the PTA President of PS 78 for the past 2 years. Jean currently resides with her beautiful granddaughter Jasmine. 

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Dr. Aliyah Morgan Sabah

(Founding Board Member/General Secretary

Dr. Aliyah Morgan Sabah, MD, MPH, Oldest daughter of true community educators, activists and medical professionals.  No sacrifice was too big for the family or the community. Worked in Primary care for over 45 years and have taught medical professionals and middle school students through-out many of those years.

 

Dr. Aliyah has been a Medical provider for people in the Tri-state area as well as East and West Africa.  Primary medical interest has been Obesity, Hypertension, Diabetes and Heart Disease and its impact on the health of women of color, and their families.

 

Dr. Aliyah also assists in combating the damaging effects of Domestic violence, Infectious diseases and poverty on the health of these families and communities.  She graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook, and received a MPH in health Education from CUNY-Hunter, and has authored and co-authored educational materials for various members of society.

 

With all of her accomplishments, Dr. Aliyah Morgan Sabah lists embracing Islam in the early 1970’s the most rewarding, and states: “I am committed to servicing all of Allah’s Creation, assisting and encouraging people to aspire in achieving their full God given potential”.

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Sarah Blas

(Health/Wellness Committe Chair )

Sarah Blas is a Staten Island resident, mother of six beautiful children, fierce community advocate, and public speaker. She has over 10 years experience in the non-profit world and several years in the private sector in branding and communications. She serves as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for SIWWM, Founder and Executive Director of Staten Island Therapeutic Gardens, the only "healing hub" that addresses health disparities in communities of color through sustainable programming and food sovereignty. During the day, she works for the Child Wellness Initiative at the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, a public health non-profit organization, whose goal is to reduce the burden of chronic disease among Staten Island Children. In her spare time she can be found advocating for food

 

justice, championing for equitable housing, registering voters, and consulting for equitable initiatives across NYC. 

Roxanne Mustafa

(Volunteer Committee Chair)

Roxanne Mustafa is a Palestinian-American who born and raised in Brooklyn and now is a Staten Island. As a Product Designer, User Researcher and Technology Consultant, she leverages her skills in research, facilitation, and consulting, as well as her work in Diversity and Inclusion in the technology sector, to apply to her work as an organizer and human rights advocate.

 

She aims to help build her community and raise the voice of women and other targeted groups on Staten Island, as well as give weight to the Palestinian human rights cause in American and abroad. 

She is happy to call St. George her home for the last 16 years and lives in a renovated 100 year old home with her husband, 2 boys, father-in-law, and cats.

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Larae Spivey

(Board Member)

La'Rae Spivey is a lifelong Staten Island resident, who was born and raised in the Mariners Harbor area. She is the mother of 3 amazing boys Ahmeir, Kyshaun and Timothy. A graduate of Empire State College, earning her  Masters degree in Community and Human Services. Formerly employed for over 15 years at the Eden ll School for children and adults with Autism as a Behavior Specialist. Ms. Spivey decided to make a career change and is now the Director of the West Brighton Neighborhood Senior Center located in the West Brighton area of Staten Island. 

 

La'Rae enjoys spending time with family & friends, reading, traveling and things that bring her peace. "With the most recent portion of the organization being geared towards the Autism community, I feel I can bring Autism awareness; educational information along with tips for families in need. I myself am a parent of a child whom is part of the Autism community", says La'Rae.

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Yousef Shehadeh

(Board Member)

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Wahida Venjura

(Board Member)