317. Dr. Faisal Qazi (President,MiNDs)


Dr. Faisal Qazi currently serves as the President of MiNDS, a community service and development organization based in southern CA that provides charitable healthcare and focuses on community empowerment programs. MiNDS has been awarded CA State Assembly representative’s Organization-of-the-Year at the National Leadership Council in 2013 where Dr. Qazi previously was also honored with a “40-under-40” recognition. He also received the Visionary Leadership award at ACCESS CA by the CA State Assembly representative.

Dr. Qazi is an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Bioethics and Spiritual Care at Claremont Lincoln University – Bayan College. He was honored as Professor-of-the-Year award by its student body in 2013. He was the President of American Muslim Health Professionals in 2009, a national Public Health group and was the architect of AMHP’s health policy initiatives as its President in 2009. Dr. Qazi founded and became the first CEO of HUDA (Health Unit on Davison Avenue) free clinic in Detroit in 2004. He conceived the idea of the Muslim Free Clinics Council; a loose coalition of 35 Muslim operated charitable clinics from across the country. He had the distinct honor to present the works of these institutions at a Congressional briefing in October of 2008 in Washington DC, where he proposed opportunities for safety net clinics in the health reform process. Dr. Qazi’s speaks frequently on issues ranging from community services, religion and spirituality, mental health and health policy.Dr. Qazi’s work has been featured in interviews to NPR, Voice of America, CNN and PBS. He has been listed amongst the Best Doctors of Inland Empire.

Qazi launched a nationwide campaign to raise funds for the families of the victims in the San Bernardino shooting rampage that happened on December 2, 2015. The campaign raised over $200,000 for the families of the victims.


287. Sadia Saifuddin (Student Regent, UC Board of Regents)



 Sadia Saifuddin (BA ’14) has been confirmed as the 40th student regent to sit on the University of California Board of Regents. She became the first Muslim to join the board.






192. Elena Meloni Moon (Founder, New Star Family Center)

The mother of three has worked tirelessly and passionately for a cause that has become synonymous with her name in southern California – foster care. As founder of New Star Family Center, a social services organization, Meloni can often be found deeply involved in a case, advocating for the children and families as if they were her own. Her efforts include diligently organizing and attending events in the Muslim community to raise awareness of the need of foster children and families, and getting Muslim parents certified to become foster parents. Meloni moved to the United States with her family from Italy at the age of 14, and she accepted Islam after reading a Qur’an and attending classes at a mosque. Despite her busy schedule, IFN had a chance to find out more about this social activist.

Southern California In-Focus Magazine:    http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/33145/135/

Daily Breeze:    http://www.allbusiness.com/society-social/families-children-family/14029360-1.html