Board of Education

Message from Board of Education (BOE) Chairperson

Assalam Alaykum (May Peace be with You) and welcome to Al-Rahmah School at the Islamic Society of Baltimore!

Thank you for your interest in our school, and we hope that your visit to our website is following by a visit to our dynamic campus.

Al-Rahmah School was established in 1987 as has been serving our community by providing quality education in a safe and nurturing environment for 30 years.  We were recently recommended for reaccreditation by the Middle States Association (MSA).  The site visit team made particular note of us living out our belief system, which as they summarized “ . . . is based on the Qur’an with its focus on developing the whole child spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically.”

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a balanced curriculum that prepares our children academically, spiritually, and for leadership. In addition to these foci, we enrich our program with arts, technology, and service learning.  

Please – we invite you to tour our website, and to come to the school with the whole family for a tour.  Contact our school office at 410.719.0921 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a visit.  We hope that you will take the steps to give your children the gift of an Al-Rahmah School education.

Thank you,

Dr. Vanessa Dodo Seriki
Chair, Al-Rahmah Board of Education
[email protected]

BOE Members

Vanessa Dodo Seriki, Ph.D – Chair

Dr. Vanessa Dodo Seriki is the current Chair of the Board of Education.  To this position she brings over 18 years of experience in education.  Prior to her election as chair, she served on the Board as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and a member of the ISB Scholarship Committee.  Currently, Dr. Dodo Seriki is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education at Loyola University Maryland. She brings her compassion for humanity, knowledge, and experience as a career educator to the Al – Rahmah Board of Education.  Dr. Dodo Seriki, and her husband, have two children attending Al-Rahman School and one in Al-Rahmah Nursery.
Contact: [email protected]

Islaah AbdalRahim – Al-Rahmah School Interim Principal

Sister Islaah is the founding principal of Al-Rahmah School and is an experienced and accomplished leader. Sister Islaah is a former adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and has served as an education consultant, teacher, and administrator throughout her career. Sister Islaah holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts from Coppin State University. Sister Islaah is also a student of Islamic knowledge and engages in continuous coursework in Arabic, Tajweed, Aqeedah, and Seerah.
Contact: [email protected]

Noureen Zar – Al-Rahmah Nursery Director

Sr. Noureen Zar is a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Level 6 credentialed early childhood education professional serving as the Al-Rahmah Nursery Director since 2016. With an educational background in psychology and over 16 years of early education experience in various capacities including lead teacher and site director, Sr. Noureen now oversees a program with nearly 60 students and 10 staff. She has received citations and awards for her service in Head Start programs and in support of numerous early childcare development initiatives.
Her passion to understand the behavior and development of young children and how best they learn brings her excitement each and every day.
Contact: [email protected]

Saad Patel – General Secretary

Br. Saad Patel serves as the Board of Education’s General Secretary.  He is also involved in a limited capacity with the Muslim Athletics Program (MAP), Muslim Kids Club (MKC), ISB Cub Scouts and the Marriage Bureau. He has previous served as the ISB Membership Secretary.

Br. Saad is a Senior Management Analyst serving the public.  He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Contact: [email protected]

M. Faisal Abdur-Rahman

Br. Faisal Abdur-Rahman is a long time member of ISB. He started by serving as a member of the ISB Bosnian Task Force in the early 1990’s supporting Bosnian refugees. He later became a member of the Al Rahmah School Board of Education. Eventually he was elected to the ISB Council and served as General Secretary. Subsequently, he was later elected as Chair of the Board of Education for Al-Rahmah School & Nursery.
Br. Faisal is a founding member of The Al-Rahmah School Educational Trust (ASET) and was instrumental in getting there 501(c) status. He is currently Treasurer of ASET. Recently Br. Faisal played a role on the PR Team for President Obama’s visit to ISB where he co-managed media request, co-wrote a speech for ISB president and participated in a press conference.
Br. Faisal’s professional experience spans retail, financial advisory and health care management. Currently he is the practice administrator for a pediatric practice where he manages operations, accounting, marketing, and human resources.
Br. Faisal holds a Diploma in Small Business Management from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Baltimore. He is currently a member of the Healthcare Finance Management Association and a former member of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs.
Br. Faisal is married and the father of four children all of whom are part of Al-Rahmah educational system. He enjoys reading, traveling and keeping up with business and political affairs.
Contact: [email protected]

Fauzia Tariq

Sr. Fauzia Tariq obtained her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Strayer University and Masters of Science from Towson University.
She previously served the Comptroller of Maryland as a Financial Compliance Tax Auditor. Her position required examining the financial statements of corporations, as well as interpreting and enforcing tax laws in accordance with Maryland state regulations. She has accumulated over 13 years of experience in financial accounting and auditing.
Currently, Sr. Fauzia works at the Department of Commerce, US Census Bureau. She is ready to embark her first term representing the finance team of Al-Rahmah School Board of Education. She has been a part of Al-Rahmah School and the Islamic Society of Baltimore since 2000. Her youngest daughter currently attends 7th grade in Al-Rahmah School.

Ateya Arozullah

Sr. Ateya Arozullah worked at Al Rahmah school between 1999-2011. During her time serving the
school she helped with Middle States Accreditation as well the establishment of the full time high school. She has served on the Board of Education in various Masaajid in the area. She also serves as a consultant for professional development for Islamic schools in the area. She is life long educator with over seventeen years of experience in both Islamic and public school arena. She holds a BS in Microbiology and Master’s in art of teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently the President of the PTSC and a science teacher at Southwest Academy Magnet School.
Contact: [email protected]

Dr. Madiha Tahseen

Dr. Madiha Tahseen is a Research Fellow and a Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. She holds a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a Research Coordinator at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Professionally, she is interested in helping Muslim youth achieve their fullest potential. She has presented her research nationally in both academic and community settings.She has been a community organizer for more than a decade serving the American Muslim community in varying capacities. Specifically, she has served on the boards for the ISB Youth Group, BOE and PTSC in the past, and is looking forward to working with the Al-Rahmah community again. Dr. Tahseen, and her husband, have one child attending Al-Rahmah School and one in Al-Rahmah Nursery.
Contact: [email protected]

Sharif S. Silmi, Esq.

Sharif Silmi joined the Board of Education in October of 2017. Sharif hails from Northern California and has been an active proponent of fostering excellence in Islamic educational institutions. Sharif has previously served as a board member of Salam Academy in Sacramento, California and as a volunteer advisor for the Northstar School in Hayward, California.
Sharif is a practicing attorney who has dedicated his legal career to assisting individuals as well as businesses to meet their immigration and business needs.  Sharif has also operated a series of businesses including several retail and wholesale wireless businesses. Sharif completed his undergraduate studies at California State University, East Bay and earned his law degree at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Sharif has three children all of whom attend ARS.
Contact: [email protected]

The Board of Education has sub-committees which manage various aspects of Al-Rahmah School.  The link below is a listing of current sub-committees and their members:

Al-Rahmah School Board of Education Sub-Committees

All questions and comments for the Al-Rahmah School Board of Education can be addressed to [email protected]