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Our School Board

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. 
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.