Islamic Social Services Of Oregon State (ISOS)

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Our Board and Staff

ISOS is governed by a diverse and dedicated Board Of Directors who share a commitment to the goals and objectives of the Organization.

Laila J. Abdulrazzak Hajoo: President; Board

Born in Denver, Colorado to an American revert Muslim mother and an Iraqi Muslim father. Was raised in Seattle, WA, graduated at the University of Washington with a B.Sc. in Mathematics. Worked for Boeing, Evans and Sutherland (flight simulation company) as a software developer and then for Intersolv; Intel and Mentor Graphics as a Quality/Test Manager in the software engineering field. Married to James H. Kennedy, a Muslim revert. One of the founders of Islamic Social Services of Oregon State, and currently serves as President. Retired from professional career in 2015. Hobby - gardening.

Faiza Kareem: Board

A resident of Portland, Oregon for the last thirty years and has been involved with community service during that time. Her inspiration to serve the under privileged and refugees is driven by her deep-rooted passion for social justice. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of ISOS and Bilal Masjid in Beaverton. Faiza was trained as a physician in Pakistan. Recently, she earned her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from PSU and is now working with Lutheran Community Services as a clinical mental health counselor. In her free time Faiza likes to spend time with her family, read and taking long walks.

Issam S. Abu-Khater: Board

Earned his undergraduate and masters in electrical engineering from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) in 1988 and 1990 respectively. Issam earned his PhD. in VLSI (microelectronics) from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1995. Since Oct, 1995, Issam has been living in Portland, Oregon and working at Intel Corporation.
Issam volunteered in Muslim Student Association (MSA) during my undergraduate university years, taught Arabic and Quranic classes to children since the age of 19 in Canada and the United States. Issam has been giving Friday sermon since he was 20 years of age, in Halifax-Canada, Waterloo-Canada and Portland-Oregon. Since 1995 Issam became a resident of Portland, Oregon and is currently active providing Friday sermons at Hillsboro prayer hall, Masjed Bilal Association, Islamic Center of Portland-Masjed Assaber, and Portland State University).
Issam is an active member of the Muslim community of Oregon, some of his accomplishments are:

  1. Issam is on the board of Islamic Social Services of Oregon State (ISOS), and responsible for fundraising to help the poor and needy people in Oregon
  2. Issam helped in establishing the Friday prayer in Hillsboro-Oregon since 1997 and he actively worked with others on the creation of Islamic Community Center of Hillsboro (ICCH) with the vision of building a community close to the work place that provides the necessary foundation for future Islamic center.
  3. Issam was elected as the first President of ICCH Start Committee in 2009. ICCH bought a property and Allah willing will operate the mosque in 2017.
  4. Helping in organizing lectures, invite speakers and fundraising for relief organizations in conjunction with Mosques and other Islamic organizations.
  5. Although he is no longer associated with ISP and IWARA, Issam was a founding and board member of Islamic School of Portland and Islamic World Associations for the Readers and Almujawiddeen (IWARA).
  6. Served for many years as member of the board of Intel Muslim Employee Group (IMEG).

Faiza Noor: Board

Faiza came to United States as an international student, completed her bachelorís in Psychology, and a masterís in Organizational Leadership. She has lived in Portland OR for 20 years; has been a supporter of ISOS since its founding and an active volunteer with Muslim Educational Trustís educational outreach programs. She also volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and Oregon Food Bank. Faiza currently works at Travelers Insurance Company and in her free time enjoys hiking, cooking and reading..

Reem Soliman: Software; Social media

Born and raised in Egypt, graduated from faculty of Engineering, Software and Systems Engineering department at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Moved to USA in 2007. I am married and we have two sons. I joined ISOS as a volunteer in 2016 and constructed their new ISOS website. I am also a volunteer for Portland Refugee Support Group (PRSG). Software Engineering is my passion, especially when I can use it to serve the community. I am continuing my studies in Data Science and Data Analytics. Iím a book worm, love to travel, bake and make soaps.

Hena Zia: ISOS Case Manager

Hena was born and raised in India. She has a Bachelor's degree from Calcutta University and a second Bachelor's in Social Studies from Portland State University. She has been working as a case manager at ISOS since 2017. Working with ISOS provides her with an opportunity to empower disadvantaged people and assist them to become self-reliant. She also volunteers as the Secretary of the Islamic Society of Greater Portland (ISGP) and is an active member of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC). She has been living in Portland for the last 25 years and is married with 2 kids. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking and Netflixing.

Kevin Leffler: ISOS Case Manager

Kevin moved to the Pacific Northwest after being born and raised in Indiana. Has graduate degrees in Criminology, Law and Society and in Social Work. Has worked in multiple service systems with non-profits in the Metro area and in county social services with Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. Professional experience includes clinical and case management services in mental and behavioral health, homelessness services, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and refugee resettlement. Enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and films.