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Board of Directors

Shireen Soliman – Board Chair

Shireen Soliman Shireen Soliman has over 20+ years’ experience in various areas of fashion and textile design and has worked for brands such as Nautica, Victoria’s Secret, Coach, among others. As an educator, Shireen has taught for 15 years, both in the classroom and in the design studio, and at prestigious Fashion programs at Parsons: the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Pratt Institute. Shireen recently received her M.S. from Bank Street College of Education in the “Leadership in Technology and the Arts” program. She offers workshops in the community on topics ranging from Fashion, Art and Technology, to Cultural Diversity and Identity Development in teenage girls. Shireen identifies as an Egyptian-American Muslim, but above all, being a single mother of 2 tweens gives her the greatest pride and the motivation to serve her community.

Estelle Chan – Board Treasurer

Estelle Chan

Estelle is a Senior Project Manager with the Development team at Omni New York LLC. Prior to joining Omni in 2016, Estelle worked in the development team of Jonathan Rose Companies, and was a principal urban planner with JTC Corporation, the largest commercial developer in Singapore, from 2009 to 2015. Prior to that, Estelle worked in the London Offices of Buro Happold with the design consortium leading the London 2012 Olympics master plan. Estelle is an AICP-certified planner, with experience in affordable housing development, financial modeling, infra-structure planning and urban design. Estelle received a Masters in Real Estate Development from MIT and a B.A in Urban Studies and Sociology from Columbia University.

Patricia A. Joyce – Board Secretary

Patricia A. Joyce

Patricia Joyce is an associate professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work. She received her B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, her M.S.W. from Hunter College, and her D.S.W. from the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Joyce has published and presented nationally and internationally; her research focuses on trauma, culture, and mental health. She has worked in a child abuse treatment program and inpatient psychiatric units with children, adolescents, and their families. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Joyce has consulted to social service and mental health agencies in the New York area.

Robina Niaz – Board Member

Robina Niaz

Robina Niaz is the founder and Executive Director of Turning Point for Women and Families. She is a social worker, women’s rights advocate, and a civil rights activist. She currently serves on the Board of the Muslim Consultative Network and the Hartley Film Foundation. She is also a former Board member with Sakhi for South Asian Women, Coalition of Battered Women’s Advocates and Queens Women’s Network and an Advisory Board member with the Interfaith Council of New York. Born and raised in Pakistan, Robina has an M.S in Applied Psychology (Pakistan) and an MSW from Hunter College, New York. She is a 2007 CORO Immigrant Leadership Fellow and a 2005 Open Society Institute/RCLA Social Justice Fellow. Robina speaks Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, and Hindi.

Asma A. Ejaz MD – Board Member

Asma A. Ejaz

Asma is a Psychiatrist and Medical Director at the Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services. She specializes in Adult and Addiction psychiatry and has been working with victims of domestic violence since 2002. She served as a board member/chair at the Domestic Harmony Foundation for several years until 2009. Asma has spoken at various events including at a SAMHSA sponsored Domestic Violence event in Michigan (2006) focusing on the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and at Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) annual convention in Chicago (2005).

Being an immigrant from Pakistan herself, Asma is acutely aware of and sensitive to the myriad problems faced by the Muslim female immigrant population in New York and around the U.S. Asma speaks Urdu and Punjabi fluently.

Shabana Rizvi – Board Member

Shabana Rizvi

After earning her B.A. degree in Management from St. John’s University, Shabana Rizvi came to work for Lynx and has spent over 20 years with the firm. A company principal and current Senior VP; she has assured the growth of her company without sacrificing her core values of integrity and personal service. Her many years at Lynx Mortgage Bank have enabled her to work closely with many clients to provide a mortgage that strengthens their financial stability and puts them in the home of their dreams. “That’s my favorite part of this business,” said Rizvi, “the greatest professional compliment one can get is the smile of a satisfied mortgage client.”

Hiba Chergou – Board Member

Hiba Chergou

Hiba was born and raised in Morocco where she attended French School, studying and learning in both French and Arabic. Upon high school graduation, Hiba moved to the United States to pursue her undergraduate studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, majoring in Finance. During her undergraduate studies, she helped start the FMA Program which helps students get connected to finance pioneers/entrepreneurs, inviting many guest speakers to the Las Vegas campus. The FMA still exists today. After graduation Hiba has built a career as business analyst for a Las Vegas based technology company that develops software to help courts become paperless, both nationally in the United States and internationally. She is now working and living in New York City.

Vidhya Gilani – Board Member

Vidhya Gilani

Vidhya Gilani is an Executive Director and manages Institutional Lending Operations Technology at Morgan Stanley. Vidhya joined Morgan Stanley in January, 2018.

Vidhya Gilani is a seasoned technology and operations executive and has over 27 years of experience in the Financial Industry. Prior to Morgan Stanley, she has held various executive level positions at CIT Group, BNY Mellon, JP Morgan, UBS PaineWebber, and Citigroup.  She has run technology for the following businesses:  Leasing/Lending, Mortgages, Equity Derivatives, Fixed Income Derivatives, Market Risk Management, Prime Brokerage, and Equity Research.  In addition, Vidhya has been responsible for managing and driving product management and execution of several large scale transformation programs across OTC and Exchange Traded Derivatives, Equity Research, Wholesale Client Onboarding, Investment Services, and Leasing/Lending.

Vidhya is active member of Morgan Stanley’s Women in Technology diversity network, focused on empowering its female employees.

Vidhya is also involved with several non profit organizations focused on empowering and teaching women to invest in themselves and create their own opportunities.

Vidhya holds a computer science degree from Queens College, New York and an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University. Vidhya has traveled extensively and has lived in 6 countries. Vidhya lives in New York City with her husband and 9 year old son.