Islamic Social Services Of Oregon State (ISOS)

Working together to help those in need to be self-reliant

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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.

Faiza Noor: Board

Faiza came to United States as an international student, completed her bachelor�s in Psychology, and a master�s 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 Trust�s 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. Reem is married and we have two sons. Reem joined ISOS as a volunteer in 2016 and constructed their new ISOS website. Reem works as a Business Intelligence Analyst. Reem also volunteers for Portland Refugee Support Group (PRSG). Software Engineering is her passion, especially when she can use it to serve the community. Reem is continuing her studies in Data Science and Data Analytics. She is a book worm, loves 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.