Our Team

//Our Team
Our Team2020-04-10T10:10:17-05:00

Our mission is to be the unifying federation of Islamic organizations of greater Chicagoland, the leading advocate of Muslim community interests and a catalyst for enriching American society.

Irshad Khan

Irshad Khan

Chair

Irshad Khan has served as President of Islamic Foundation North and has been a CIOGC Board Member since 2016. He has worked on different CIOGC committees including Civic Engagement, Interfaith, Zakat, Annual Dinner, Pillars, Action Network C4 (General Secretary), and served as Chair of Illinois Muslim Action Day (IMAD). In addition, he is a School Board member for District 24 and past Chairman of IHOPE (International Haven of Practical Education) and serves as a Board Member for Advocate Health Hospital Committee. Professionally, He is Vice President of Engineering & Strategy Deployment at a Private Equity company in Evanston, Illinois and is managing a portfolio net worth of over $1 billion. Irshad Khan is married to wife Asma Khan and they have four kids, two boys, and two girls.

His vision for CIOGC is to address the growing needs of the Chicago Muslim community, with a focus to rebrand CIOGC with short- and long-term strategic plans, access current programs, and amplify programs which address the needs of the Muslim community. He wishes to collaborate with partners to build strong relationships and work together as one voice for the betterment of our children’s future, and community at large. CIOGC, as an umbrella organization has HR members which are our the biggest assets. When utilized, these resources and their strengths can build, mobilize, and amplify core values to bring justice, equity, peace, and harmony.

Muhammad Abdul G Hamadeh, MD

Muhammad Abdul G Hamadeh, MD

Vice-Chair

Dr. Muhammad Abdul G. Hamedeh has served on the CIOGC’s Interfaith committee for many years. By profession, he is a specialist in the fields of pulmonary, critical care & sleep medicine as well as the Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago.
He is also Chief of the Pulmonary Department, and the Director of Sleep Center at the Christ Hospital & Medical center. His experience includes serving on the Board of The Mecca Center as President from 2002- 2018, and he continues to serve as President on the Board of Syrian American Medical Society, Midwest Chapter. 

Dr. Hamadeh is married with four children and currently resides in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
Samah ElZahdan

Samah ElZahdan

Secretary

Samah ELZahdan is the Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Guidance Counselor at College Preparatory School of America since 2013. She has been a representing CPSA at CIOGC for the last few years. She was nominated to the position of CIOGC Secretary in May 2019.

Muhammad Saiduzzaman

Muhammad Saiduzzaman

Treasurer

Muhammad Saiduzzaman played an instrumental role in establishing Daarrussunnah, a religious organization in Evanston, from its inception. From coordinating with the lead architect in the planning and construction of religious space to gauging community response to current events, and subsequently organizing conferences and town hall meetings to engage the broader community are only some of his achievements.
At Darussunnah, he established transparent financial practices and appropriate record keeping and retention and planned large (1000+ attendee) fundraisers annually while managing student and other volunteer participants. He organized and led community members to participate as civic partners in building a tolerant, diverse, and devout community in Evanston, Illinois. 
Suzanne Akhras Sahloul

Suzanne Akhras Sahloul

Member at Large

Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is the Founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network (SCN). Under her leadership, SCN has grown exponentially to become a strong voice for refugee and immigrant rights, working in partnership with local and national refugee, immigrant rights, and faith-based organizations. Suzanne is no stranger to CIOGC. She served as the Intern/Volunteer Coordinator (as a volunteer) from 2011-2013, she led the 2012 IMAD Advocacy Day in Springfield and she was the Chairwoman for CIOGC’s 20th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner in 2012.

Imam Charles Muhammad

Imam Charles Muhammad

Member at Large

Imam Charles Muhammad served as the President of the local school council at Whitney Young Magnet High School; and as a delegate on the city-wide Advisory Board for Chicago Public Schools. During his tenure on the Whitney Young H.S. LSC, he established the WYHS Muslim Students Association. 
Professionally, Imam Charles is a Civil Engineer and has extensively worked on highway and bridge projects. he is also a teacher in the Oak Park School District. His community service experience also includes being an Imam at an Oak Park masjid and at one of Chicago’s westside masjids; the Executive Board member of the Oak Park and River Forest Community of Congregations (an interfaith council); and being on the Board of Trustees of Chicagoland Shura Council. Imam Charles has also served as a delegate on the CIOGC House of Representative for Masjid al-Taqwa and Al-Aqsa Community Center.

Imam Charles and his wife Maria reside in Shorewood, IL. They are proud parents of two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren, MashaAllah.
Shoaib Khadri

Shoaib Khadri

Member at Large

Shoaib Khadri has been actively involved in the community with interfaith, civic engagement and dawah related activities for many years. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN). He has served as the President of ICN for four years and on the ICN Board for 12 years. He has also served on the HR of the CIOGC for the past six years and on the board of the Indian American Muslim Council.

Abdullah Mitchell

Abdullah Mitchell

Executive Director

Gregory Abdullah Mitchell, a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, is chairperson for Leadership Development Institute and a board member of Masjid Al-Taqwa of Chicago, Illinois. Having served on the board of, and provided legal assistance to, many Muslim organizations over the past 25 years, Brother Mitchell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience concerning not for profit organizations to CIOGC.

Maqsood Quadri

Maqsood Quadri

Chief Operating Officer

Maqsood Quadri, a former hydrogeologist of 30+ years, brings all of his professional management experience to CIOGC since the Fall of 2018.

Rita Sutton

Rita Sutton

Director of Office Administration

Rita Sutton joined CIOGC in 2006 after taking her shahada and being introduced to CIOGC by friends. She loves all faith communities and has a special place in her heart for the CIOGC community. Rita is an avid reader and loves to cuddle up with a good book.

Iqra Azhar

Iqra Azhar

Communication Coordinator

Iqra Azhar is a former print journalist turned digital marketer and entrepreneur. Founder of a digital marketing agency and muslim women entrepreneur’s collective, she remembers her youth editing The Message and doing pro bono graphic design work for MCC Youth and other nonprofit orgs. She now brings her branding expertise, creative direction, and social media strategies to the communication department at CIOGC.