BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The MWF Board of Directors is comprised of individuals, committed to the mission of healing, well-being, stigma reduction and mental health advocacy. They represent the incredibly rich diversity of the American Muslim community.
Dr. Kameelah Rashad
Mey Ibrahim Beyah
Dr. Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad | MWF Founder & President | Chair, BMPC Planning Committee
Dr. Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF) and the founder and co-Director of the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition. This coalition was launched by Muslim Wellness Foundation and Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative to address the need for effective planning, preparedness and organizing in Black Muslim communities during the global Coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Mu'Min Rashad is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology and Muslim Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) and CTS' Project Director for the InterAct on Race Project: Engaging Diverse Faith Communities in Anti-Racist Work. She is also Visiting Faculty at Bayan Islamic Graduate School. Dr. Rashad teaches the following courses: Self-Care and Self-Development for Spiritual Care Providers, the Psychology of Christian Hegemony and Religious Oppression in the United States, and Black Muslim Psychology Activism & Healing. Dr. Mu'Min Rashad’s clinical and research areas of interest include: spirituality in psychotherapy, wellness and community resource building, mental health stigma in faith and minority communities, first generation college students and emerging adults of color; diversity, religious identity and multicultural issues in counseling, healing justice and faith based activism, racial trauma and healing, psychological impact of anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Blackness, Black Muslim psychology and Black Muslim intersectional invisibility.
Dr. Mu'Min Rashad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and MEd in Psychological Services. She pursued further graduate education, completing a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRP) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices and obtaining a post-Masters certificate in Family Therapy from the Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center. Dr. Mu'Min Rashad is certified in Psychological First Aid and a certified instructor in Adult, Higher Education & Youth Mental Health First Aid. Dr. Mu'Min Rashad completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Couple and Family Therapy, at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.
Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant | Vice-President | Scholar of Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health
Imam Abdul-Malik was appointed Muslim Chaplain at Tufts University in September, 2019. In this role, Imam Abdul-Malik offers mentorship and support to students across Tufts University schools and helps to coordinate programs and activities related to Muslim life on campus. He also supports Tufts staff and faculty and collaborates with departments and programs across the university. In collaboration with the wider chaplaincy team, Imam Abdul-Malik helps to foster opportunities for civic learning and leadership.Since 2017 Imam Merchant has been pursuing a Masters of Theological Studies at Boston University’s School of Theology specializing in practical theology. After his scheduled graduation in May of 2020 he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Work, with a focus on the decolonization of Islamic spiritual care and wellness.
Mey Ibrahim Beyah | Treasurer | Financial Expert
Mey Ibrahim Beyah is a finance professional with 9+ years of experience in the Financial and Banking Industry working on various capital and strategic investment projects for top tier institutions such as Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Fannie Mae and Credit Suisse. She most recently joined the Wells Fargo Securities team in April 2015, serving as a consultant in the Funding, Capital and Liquidity group managing a project to enhance reporting and analytics for the firm. Mey received her Bachelor's of Science in Business/Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing the Certified Financial Analyst designation.
Fanta Doumbia, LLMSW | Secretary | Clinical Therapist
Fanta is a Detroit native and daughter of two, lvorian immigrants from Ivory Coast, West Africa. She has a passion for mental health and community activism, Fanta has been active in her community since she was 16 years old. Fanta received her master’s in Clinical Social Work at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. At the School of Social Work, she studied as a "New Leaders in African Centered Social Work Scholar"—where she was trained in practices and gained knowledge for culturally responsive social work practice in and with African American communities. Fanta is a former Clinical School Social Worker where she served students in Flint, Michigan, with special education needs. Currently, Fanta is a Clinical Therapist at WBC counseling serving individuals who have endured Traumatic Brain Injuries. Fanta knew the mental health profession was her calling at a very young age because she was always passionate about the intersection of faith and mental health. In 2018, she and her sister Nabintou Doumbia co-founded a community initiative called the "Sisterhood of Yere-Lon". Sisterhood of Yere Lon is an initiative that aims to center the intersectional identities of young, Black African, Muslim-American women who were born and raised in the States but carry with them, immigrant experiences. Through the Sisterhood, Fanta’s mission is to end the cycle of an identity crisis amongst young West African Muslim Women, by creating an authentic safe space that allows them to explore and embrace all of their intersecting identities.
In the near future, Fanta plans to further her education by receiving her Ph.D. in Spiritual/Mental Health integrated studies. She also plans to open her own private practice, in hopes to serve predominantly the Black/African Muslim community.