Our Experienced Leadership Team

Omar Ezzeldine

Dr. Omar Ezzeldine
Trustee

Omar works at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He teaches at USC’s Rossier School of Education in the school’s Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Education programs, and serves on the Academic Senate.

Matthew Mengerink

Matthew Mengerink
Trustee

Matthew is Vice President of Engineering at YouTube, and formerly served as the Chief Technology Officer for Happy Home, X.commerce and Magento. He previously played an instrumental role at PayPal.

Hala Alfi

Hala Alfi
Trustee

Hala Alfi has been a board member and steward of New Horizon School Pasadena since its inception in 1984, and has served on the boards of the Islamic Center of Southern California, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the MPAC Foundation. Simultaneously, Hala has worked in financial oversight and corporate compliance at the clinical laboratory Alfigen, Inc. for the past 25 years.

Necva Ozgur

Necva Ozgur
Board Chair

Necva is a founding School Head of New Horizon School in Pasadena and served the school from 1993 until 2005. She provides consulting and training services to school boards and administration.

Seyed Hadi Ghazvini

Seyed Hadi Qazwini
Trustee

Seyed Hadi currently serves as the Associate Imam at the Islamic Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa, and is an Islamic educator and lecturer for many Muslim organizations and mosques around the world.

Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes

Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes
Trustee

Asifa is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses on in Islamic law and U.S. constitutional law.

Shehzad Rokerya

Shehzad Rokerya
Trustee

Shehzad is a global investor and financier and Executive Chairman of the Interlink Group merchant bank.

Jihad Turk

Jihad Turk
President

Jihad serves as the founding president of Bayan Claremont, and was previously the Religious Director of the Islamic Center of Southern California.