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Our School Board

Mohamed Abukaram

Mohamed Abukaram had an interest in the education of our youth since he was a college undergrad when he volunteered at the Mosque's weekend school. After graduation he was a part-time staff member at the Toledo Islamic Academy as a Mathematics substitute, a Physical Education teacher, and volunteered in the after school program for the high school. He comes from a family that is very invested in education as his siblings and parents have held the positions of School Counselor, Principal, and Islamic Studies teacher and Arabic teacher at Islamic institutions in Ohio.
Mohamed holds an MBA and a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering. He was employed at American Electric Power for 8 years and completed the Corporate Leadership Program. Mohamed is currently an Energy Consultant where he provides guidance to energy companies in the areas of Strategic Initiatives, Financial Planning, Risk Analysis and Expansion Planning.
Hend Al-Kharashi
Hend Al-Kharashi has been a parent of Sunrise  Academy for 14 years. She has two daughters who graduated with honors from Sunrise, two sons who currently attend Sunrise and a toddler and infant who will be future Sunrisers, insha'Allah.  Sr. Hend has always been an active advocate and volunteer of the school and joined the School Board in 2014. Sr. Hend holds a bachelors degree in Nutrition as well as Early Childhood Development and a Masters in Public Health. She has served on the CAIR-Columbus board for five years and continues to support our community's Muslim organizations and Masajid.  Recently,  Sr. Hend founded 'Taawin' with her husband Waleed, which is a sadaqa jariya program that helps send Muslims to perform their Hajj pilgrimage.
Sohail Khan

Sohail Khan has been involved with Sunrise Academy from the beginning.  He was a member of the ISGC's Sunrise Academy Task Force.  He served as the Chairperson of the Sunrise Academy School Board in 1997 and from 2005-2009.  His other services to the Muslim Community include but not limited to the Founding Member of the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio and the President of its Executive Committee (1988-1989 and 2012-2016), Council Member of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (2015- Present), and Vice President of Islamic Council of Ohio (2016-Present).  Sohail Khan has acquired an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University; an M.B.A. in Management and Marketing from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio and a B.S. in Petroleum Refining from University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Currently, Sohail is working with CAS Solutions, a division of American Chemical Society in the field of chemical information in technical and managerial positions. 
Muneeb Mohammed 

​Muneeb Mohammed was appointed on the Sunrise Board in January, 2017 as a second Parent Representatives. He currently is serving as Principle Functional Architect for American Electric Power (AEP). He works on various strategic projects for Customer and Distribution group. Prior to joining AEP, he served as a senior IT consultant for various firms including Georgia Pacific & Delloite.  He earned double master’s degree in Business Management (MBA) and in Electrical Engineering (MS). Muneeb resides in Hilliard with his wife Amna. The couple has three children Alhumdulillah.
Ahmad Shabsigh

​Ahmad Shabsigh  is an assistant professor of urologic oncology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has served and volunteered at several charity organization in the past. Having previously served on the board as a none voting member-at-large for one year. He has experience in higher education at the College of Medicine and urology residency training program.
Saif Nawaz

​Saif Nawaz works as an Information Technology Manager at a leading financial institution in Columbus. He received his Master's degree from Cleveland State University. He lives with his wife Saira and three kids in Hilliard. He has been volunteering at Sunrise Academy for the past two years and believes in giving the best education and opportunities to our kids. With combined efforts of the community and board members, we can make Sunrise Academy one of the best schools in Columbus, Ohio and soon the dream of having high school will become a reality InshaAllah.

Board meetings are scheduled for every 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 pm. The first 20 minutes of each board meeting are reserved for parent issues.  Parents who are planning to attend the board meeting should notify the board a week before the meeting so that their issue can be added to the agenda. Notice can be sent by email to board@sunriseacademy.net.