The Mainstay Foundation is a collective team of individuals joined together in an effort to effectively serve the advancement of the American-Muslim community. This team has served in a host of capacities, institutions, and organizations across the nation, with the undying cause to advance, develop and build the community.
Leadership: The Board of Trustees
The highest governing body of the organization is the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees guides the direction and strategic mission of the organization. The Trustees also reviews the activities and budget of the organization, making sure that all of the organization’s activities are in line with its purpose, mission, and vision. The Board of Trustees also serves as a dispute resolution mechanism for any dispute that cannot be resolved by the lower bodies of the organization.
Khodr Hamka, Chairman
Khodr Hamka is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Mainstay Foundation. Hamka has dedicated extensive time and effort to the support of charitable and nonprofit work over the past 20 years. He served in high-level positions in a numerous organizations, including as Chief Executive Officer of a national religious association. In supporting these efforts, Hamka draws on years of professional corporate experience. His more than ten years of experience as a consultant with Microsoft Corporation has made him an asset for the Muslim community nationwide.
Mohamed Ali Banoon, Secretary
Mohamed Ali Banoon is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Mainstay Foundation. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School and is also a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelors in Political Science and Economics. He has served a number of nonprofit organizations for over several years in various capacities, where he has been using his legal and analytical skills to advance his communities. Banoon is a practicing attorney and partner at the AT Law Group, PLLC based in Dearborn, Michigan.
Jalal Moughania, Trustee
Jalal Moughania is a practicing attorney and counselor at law. He is a partner at the AT Law Group based in Michigan, where he focuses on the firm’s business law practice. Moughania holds a J.D. in Law and a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. He serves as the Deputy Director at the Mainstay Foundation. Moughania is also a researcher, writer, and lecturer on topics related to Muslim-American identity, civic society, and Islamic thought.
The Executive Team
The Executive Team is in charge of executing the day-to-day operation of the Foundation, consistent with the purpose and objectives of the Foundation. The Executive Team is led by the Executive Director, who is assigned by the Board of Trustees based on the details articulated in the by-laws.
Abathar Tajaldeen, Executive Director
Abathar Tajaldeen is the Executive Director , overseeing the organization’s six major initiatives. He has been involved in non-profit religious and educational work for over ten years. He has led some of the largest events and programs held for Muslims in the City of Dearborn, through organizing and coordinating the collaborated efforts of dozens of community organizations. Tajaldeen is also an instructor for Islamic classes and a lecturer for major programs in the community. He holds a J.D. from Wayne State University and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics.