Meet Our Team
Meet the Art and Wilderness Institute Green Team behind the Green Masjid Initiative
Green Masjid Initiative Manager
Suhana is a mother of 2 amazing little people and being a part of the AWI community has opened up a whole new world of outdoor learning experiences for their family. These experiences have led them to slowly start making changes in their daily lives and strive to be more mindful of doing their part to help take care of the environment. Suhana is a homebody and loves to spend her free time at home enjoying a cup of tea and a good book. She also loves making handmade gifts for friends and family. She is grateful to have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside her kids as they continue their learning explorations.
Green Team Taskforce Member
Zero Waste & Permaculture Advisor
Here in the big city and sprawling suburbs, we are becoming increasingly more distant from a life harmoniously intertwined with nature and natural systems. Taking small steps over the years, Amy has been trying to shorten this distance by learning about and implementing a more life-friendly culture at home and wherever she is able. Learning from earth-interdependent cultures is a vital step in reviving these practices.
Social Media Coordinator & Content Creator
Maira is a new and enthusiastic member of AWI. She is a mom of 2 toddlers, and is expecting her 3rd child. She currently works as a pediatric pharmacist in a hospital setting. She has long enjoyed going on hikes and exploring nature, and AWI sparked a new-found passion within her to learn more about the beauty surrounding her. As a child, her mother taught her the importance of recycling and reducing waste. As an adult, she always wished to play a role in inspiring change in the community to adopt an eco-friendly attitude. When AWI provided that opportunity, she was sure to jump on it! In her downtime, she operates a home-baked macaron and cookie business, experiments with new cooking and baking recipes, enjoys reading novels, and spending time with her family and friends.
AWI Green Team Religious Advisor
Green Team Taskforce Member &
Social Media Coordinator
Raneem is a college student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy. She has been a long time member of AWI as a student, volunteer and instructor. Throughout her experiences volunteering with local environmental centers, AWI and CAIR LA , she has discovered a passion for the connection between our local communities, sociology and environmental protection. Raneem’s interests include art, handmade bookbinding and being out in nature , all things she brings to teaching and assisting with AWI classes
Presentation Coordinator & Public Relations Coordinator
Fiona Motala is a culinary and design enthusiast. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated to California 21 years ago where she now resides with her husband and three kids. Being African is in her blood, she grew up in nature, and exploration and outdoor adventure is a huge part of who she is. She is a debate coach and loves traveling and hiking. She is a new leader for the Inland Empire Outdoor Woman’s Club. She can’t wait to learn and grow with her community.
Zara is a mother of 3 growing leaders who enjoy caring for life, engineering creations, and motivating others. She has a Masters degree in business finance and seeks to broaden her horizons at every opportunity. If the future is ours to make, we would be well-served to heed lessons from those before us. May we all seek to be empathetic, logical and credible as we guide each other, respected organizations, and cherished students into an exciting wealth of expanding knowledge.