Meet Our Team
Meet the Art and Wilderness Institute Green Team behind the Green Masjid Initiative
Green Masjid Initiative Manager
Suhana started her journey with the AWI community through her children’s outdoor education classes at AWI. As a family, they slowly started making changes in their daily lives to be more mindful of doing their part to help take care of the environment. In her free time, she enjoys making special handmade gifts and enjoying a quiet cup of tea.
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 Masjid Liaison
Amina Khan is a market research analyst and holds a Business Degree in Marketing and a certificate in Human Resource Management. She has also studied overseas in Jordan, Syria and Egypt. She grew up in Canada and is married with 2 lovely children who love nature, and protecting the environment. In fact, it was her son who wanted the family to go styrofoam free at an early age. Her family loves the outdoors by exploring trails and hikes. She has been a Girl Scout leader for 6 years. Her love for traveling has taken her to many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. She is happy to assist the Art and Wilderness Institute in creating a lasting change in the community by promoting the environment.
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.
Environmental & Occupational Health Advisor
Dr. Alya Khan is the Program Director for the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency and an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Program in Public Health. She holds dual board certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine, as well as a Master's degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Irvine. In her clinical role at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, she provides essential services to local and regional employers as well as toxicology consultations. Alongside her professional commitments, she takes joy in being a mother to two children and enjoys reading and skiing. Her passion lies in sharing valuable educational insights in occupational and environmental health, aiming to contribute positively to both individual well-being and community awareness.