Board Chair and President
Monem Salam is Executive Vice President and a Director of Saturna Capital. He received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas).
He worked as the Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999; then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. He served as the Director of Islamic investing and a Deputy Portfolio Manager to the Amana Mutual Funds Trust until moving to Kuala Lumpur in 2012 to oversee Saturna Sdn. Bhd. In 2018, he returned to the United States and resumed his role as Deputy Portfolio Manager of the Amana Income, Amana Growth, and Amana Developing World Funds.
Hud Williams is currently an Associate Director at AT&T). He has over 20 years of financial services experience, working in a variety of fields from financial systems implementation to sharia compliant home finance.
His education background includes an undergraduate degree in Economics, MBA with a finance concentration from GA Tech and he is currently working on a Certificate in Islamic Finance from The International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) that is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hud’s interest includes educating and facilitating the adoption of Islamic Finance products for the average American. Outside of work, Hud is Husband and father of four young boys (Yahya, Lut, Zayn & Ibrahim). Hud serves as a Board member for The Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam.
Born in New York State and raised next to Fort Drum Army Base, where her mother was a civilian doctor on base, Sadaf Haq attended public schools before getting a Bachelors in biology and a Masters in Public Health from SUNY-Albany.
She went on to work in public health for the State of New York, Humana, Inc., and the University of Miami. She has been published twice in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. With her husband, Dr. Adeel Haq, she co-founded a medical practice in Frisco and currently sits on the Leadership Frisco Advisory Council. She is a passionate community advocate- she is a board member of the Mayoral ad-hoc Frisco Inclusion Committee, Chair woman of the City of Frisco Social Services and Housing Board, a member of all 65 FISD PTA chapters, a Platinum Supporter of Frisco Police Officers Association, a member of Frisco Women’s League, a Frisco Interfaith Alliance member who serves on the Texas Healthcare Advisory Council and the Texas Health Resources Community Impact Council for Collin County. The Haq’s’ medical practice is a member of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting as well as an MBA in Finance.
Cheryl Lawal began her career in the manufacturing area and moved on to being a leader in manufacturing and facility management. After entering the education field, she found that she had a passion for education, the field that builds our future. Cheryl went on to get her post master’s certificate in Central Office Administration and now is the Assistant Principal of Academics and Student Affair at a leading Islamic School in the Metro Detroit Area. She strives to be a leader that inspires and motivates her team through fairness and integrity.
Larry Bisno is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Compliance Officer for Health Services of North Texas (HSNT), Larry has been with HSNT for over 7 years.
After spending well over 25 years with international advertising agencies, Larry transitioned to the world of NGO’s 14 years ago. Prior to joining Health Services of North Texas, he served as Corporate Relations Officer for Islamic Relief USA and was a Business Director for a Dallas based non-profit helping economically disadvantaged children prepare to succeed in school. Larry’s childhood consisted of living in Oregon and abroad while his father worked for the foreign service (including Europe, Middle East and Asia).
Basit Khan has over 15 years’ experience working in Business Development across various sectors, including financial services, tax planning and fundraising.
Having spent the early part of his career advising high net worth individuals with their financial and tax planning needs, he went on to become the Head of Fundraising at Islamic Relief, where he was instrumental in building a major giving department and increasing voluntary income to £30million. As a result of this, he was nominated as an Ambassador for the Institute of Fundraising 2015 National Convention, Best You Can Be campaign.
Aisha Sabadia is an attorney and filmmaker based in Southern California. Her career has combined her love for social justice and storytelling through her work at EastWest Institute, as a legal advisor to the Catalan independence movement, as well as her work on Capitol Hill with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN).
Her work in film spans from working on documentaries on the 1970’s punk scene, to filming footage of victims of war in Sarajevo, to videos weaving refugee storytelling and food in Southern California. Aisha currently is also a board member of Tiyya, a nonprofit in Los Angeles and Orange County that provides community support and education for refugee and new American families. She graduated with a degree in film studies from the University of Michigan and with a law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
Frank Mesina began a career in the financial sector, working in pension and 401(k) plan management for his firm’s clients – all among the Fortune 200.
He began a financial services practice in 2004, was named the 2006 Illinois Advisor of the Year, and awarded the 2010 Illinois Partner of the Year. Frank later accepted a Managing Director role, where he was the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Citation Award, as one of the top five Managing Directors in the nation. Frank is a platform speaker for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, a licensed pastor, and an Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. As a Managing Partner at New York Life, he delivers talks for universities, corporations and the U.S. Government – demystifying financial topics, and teaching communities to break from cycles of poverty. Frank and his wife Julie have five children and lives in Frisco Texas and Portland Maine.