Advisers are valued members who have previously served as executive directors, and/or are founding members of AMC. Each adviser comes with a wealth of knowledge of the organization and have agreed to continue serving AMC in an advisory role.
Bilal Ansari serves as a Social Justice Educator working as Assistant Director of The Davis Center at Williams College. Bilal had previously served as Williams’ first Muslim chaplain and Assistant Director in the Center for Learning in Action between 2011 and 2014. Between his current and previous positions at Williams, Bilal also served as the Dean of Student Services and Director of Student Life at Zaytuna College, Berkeley California helping the first Muslim Liberal Arts College achieve accreditation in 2015.
Bilal has worked as a chaplain in both federal and state prisons for over 16 years in male and female institutions at every level. Bilal has worked as a community organizer for over 16 years in labor, affordable housing, community benefits, universal health care and environmental campaigns. Bilal earned the Associate of Science in Liberal Arts from Ohlone College, Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Springfield College, and Master of Arts in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. Bilal is completing his Doctorate of Ministry from The Pacific School of Religion as an auto-ethnographic contribution to the field of Muslim chaplaincy with the working title of Islamic Pastoral Theology as Ethical Leadership: Case Studies of an American Muslim Chaplain.
Professor Jimmy (James) E. Jones, D.Min
Dr. Jimmy Jones is part of AMC’s founding team. He has been an ongoing adviser since its inception. Dr. Jones is Chair and Associate Professor of World Religions with a concurrent appointment in the African Studies Department at Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY). He is also a Visiting Professor at Cordoba University’s Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Jones serves as chair of the boards for Masjid Al- Islam (New Haven, CT), the Islamic Seminary Foundation, and Project Director for the National Islamic Chaplaincy Endorsement Project. Since 1980, Dr. Jones has provided chaplaincy services for the Connecticut Department of Corrections. He has also served as a community-based supervisor for the Yale New Haven Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, and provides Muslim marriage counseling. Dr. Jones holds a D.Min from Hartford Seminary and MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School.
Rabia T. Harris was AMC’s first President. She is presently training to be a CPE Supervisor at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. She is also an adjunct professor of Intellectual Heritage at Temple University and of Islamic Studies at Ursinus College. Additionally, Rabia serves as Muslim Elder at the Community of Living Traditions in Stony Point, NY, and founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship in 1994, the first organization specifically devoted to the theory and practice of Islamic active nonviolence. Rabia is author of “Supporting Your Muslim Students: A Guide for CPE Supervisors,” written for use by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), and edited the special section on Islamic Chaplaincy for the 2009 issue of the ACPE’s journal, Reflective Practice. Rabia has been involved in interreligious solidarity work and Muslim community life as a writer, speaker, and organizer for over thirty years. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary, an MA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University, and a BA in Religion from Princeton University. Rabia is also a senior member of the Jerrahi Order of America.
Shareda Hosein provides chaplaincy services within the Boston and Tampa communities and for Former Tufts University chaplain. Shareda co-hosted a weekly a radio program, “Talking Religion” from 2006-2008. Shareda is a published author, contributing a chapter to the book, “Spirituality, Women, Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power” (2011) and an article titled “Muslim Women in the Military” in Brille’s Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (2003). She holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy and M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary, as well as a business degree. Shareda is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Mumina Kowalski was AMC’s first Secretary. She has been involved in Islamic Chaplaincy employment, education and professional development since 1999. She was the first female Muslim prison chaplain contracted to work in the state of Pennsylvania (1999- 2006). In 2002, Mumina was elected by a body of 85 multi-faith state prison chaplains to serve as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Prison Chaplains’ Association. Later, in 2004, she was invited to serve on the national board of Chaplains’ Services for the Islamic Society of America’s (ISNA) Leadership Development Council. In 2006, Mumina received the Fadel Educational Foundation scholarship for the further education of Muslim prison chaplains to study with Dr. Ingrid Mattson at Hartford Seminary where she also she served as the Coordinator and subsequently Assistant Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program while completing her MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations (2008-2010). Her master’s thesis entitled, “A New Profession: Muslim Chaplains in American Public Life,” includes research and extensive surveys of Muslim chaplains working in prisons, hospitals, universities and the U.S. military. Mumina has also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Wellspan Health-York Hospital, a level-2 trauma center, under the supervision of Dr. Ted Trout-Landen.
Dr. Matin presently serves as a staff educator, coach and on-call Muslim Chaplain. She conducts extensive research in regards to the role family history plays in shaping identity, community, and the ways in which they intersect. In recognition of her work in intercultural dialogue and civic engagement, Dr. Matin was appointed Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, a position focused upon developing social entrepreneurial initiatives that serve faith-based leaders and nonprofit organizations through an Urban Ministry Collective. Additionally, Dr. Matin serves on the editorial board of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, and boards of the Kansas Institute for African American and Native American Family History, and the Muslim Community Network (MCN).
Dr. Matin has an MS in Education from Fordham University. She was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2006 and received a Certificate in Interspiritual/Interfaith Counseling in 2010 from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She earned her D.Min. from New York Theological Seminary in 2012 in Multi-faith ministry. Dr. Matin has been called by some as a “woman who walks through walls.” She sees her work as her calling and a continuation of her family’s tradition in ministry, education, and health, and the fulfilling of the civil rights and social justice dreams of her ancestors.
Chaplain Abdus-Salaam Musa, BA
Abdus-Salaam Musa was AMC’s first VP of Healthcare Chaplains. He is a certified Pastoral Counselor and Pastoral Chaplain under the auspices of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Abdus-Salaam is also President of the American Islamic Indigenous Clinical Pastoral Education (AIICPE) and a Supervisor In Training. Presently, he heads the Islamic Circle of North America – Relief Department’s United Muslim Movement Against Homelessness (UMMAH) and the Muslim Women’s Help Network (MWHN), which started the first Muslim Women’s shelter in Queens in 2000. Abdus-Salaam holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary and a BA from Audrey Cohen College of New York.