MIST BOSTON 2016 DREAMTEAM
The coolest team of individuals around!
Sarah Fahmy, Regional Director
Sarah has been an organizer for MIST Boston for six years, and was a competitor for three years before that. She graduated from Brandeis University in Biology and Anthropology in 2014 and now has a job and is working on her Master's degree. In her spare time, she likes to read, hangout with friends/family, explore new recipes, and be outdoors.
"I do MIST because I love the environment that the students are in where they get to explore who they are and what they are interested in. It is really hard work but extremely worth it when you see positive change happening around you.
Aya Kenawy, Competitions Co-Chair
Aya has been working on the competitions committee for three years. She is currently a senior studying education and psychology at Umass Boston. When she is not stressing out about school or MIST, Aya loves to explore new places, or do the complete opposite and binge watch netflix.
"I competed in MIST for 3 years in high school. It was always something I was excited about and looked forward to all year. After graduating and volunteering, I thought what better way to keep that fire going and join the best team ever that is behind the scenes of all the amazing things that happen? Joining the Eboard has been one of the most rewarding experiences, and although it makes me want to run away sometimes, I wouldn't trade it for the world. Seeing the enthusiasm and smiles throughout the weekend makes it that much better."
Salwa Elkatta, Competitions Co-Chair
Salwa has been on the MIST E-Board as part of the competitions committee for 3 years. She is a senior at Umass Boston studying international business, with hopes of working in the field of fashion when she graduates. When she is not drowning in school work, she likes to travel, volunteer, be silly, and enjoy the company of her friends and family.
"I love doing MIST because all of the friendships and bonds created amongst everyone, and the smiles on everyone's faces are absolutely priceless!
Amina Fahmy, Competitions Committee & Off-Site Advisor
Amina is a junior at Brandeis studying International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. She joined the DreamTeam after competing at MIST in high school, and is now part of the competitions committee.
Lina Ali, Competitions Committee
While not doing MIST, Lina is a henna tattoo artist.
"Helping others is what makes me happy! Working with the E-board, I believe I can make a difference that will leave me and everyone else smiling at the end of the day.
Hagar Assi, Competitions Committee
"Hello! My name is Hagar Assi, and I am currently a biochemistry major at Umass Boston. This year I am a part of the competitions committee, and I am extremely excited to see what the students have to bring to the table. I have been a part of MIST since I was a freshman in high school, and I am currently a junior in college now! Most of my friends and connections were made through this great organization, and I really hope that if you're reading this right now that you get to have the same experience I had."
Anas Beshir, Workshops Committee
Anas is a student at Boston College. I like to spend time learning about interesting things, talking with friends about everything, making life long friends, and going on adventures!
"I believe that at its core, MIST is an opportunity to enjoin up, and enjoy what is good. It's not just a competition, its a celebration of our eagerness as a people to pursue what is positive and constructive, and what brings about true happiness through understanding."
Ayonna Zakee, Finance Chair
Ayonna has been doing MIST for the past three years. She graduated from Suffolk University in 2013 with a Bachelor's in accounting and legal studies, and graduated again in 2014 with a MS in accounting. She is now currently working full time. In her free time, she hangs out with friends and family, and loves to shop!
"I love organizing MIST because it gives the students a platform to express themselves, and helps them tap into their limitless potential. Also, seeing the smiles on the competitors faces during the Award's ceremony makes our hard work as organizers worth it."
Youssef Fahmy, Scorekeeper & Finance Co-Chair
Youssef is a Freshman at Brandeis University studying physics. This is his first year helping out with E-Board. Besides school and MIST, Youssef loves to read, watch TV and fence competitively.
"I do MIST because it is the coolest place for me to hang out with other Muslims. It's also really awesome to see all of the different projects that people come up with each year. I can't wait to see what people come up with around this year's theme."
Abdurrahman Abdurrob, Volunteers Co-Chair
Abdurrahman just graduated from Tufts University. "Besides MIST, I really enjoy just spending quality time with my family at home. I am also getting really into photography, but of course I do not have as much time as I'd like to explore and take cool shoots. But Alhamdulillah with work and family, I manage to keep myself busy sans MIST."
"It's honestly really inspiring seeing the amazing talents of the kids involved. They are light-years away from where I was at their age in terms of creativity, passion, and focus, mashaAllah. The community it also promotes is great to see as well"
Wadea Sakhta, Judges Co-Chair
Wadea is a fresh out of college graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is currently working at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She loves to play pickup soccer games.
"This is my second year on the executive board and my seventh year with the MIST Boston family. I love being a part of this amazing organization because I want to give back to the community that made me who I am today and for the strong bonds that I formed over the years. Can't wait to meet you all and see everyone's amazing talents that will be shown to our lovely judges!"
Rafay Jafri, Judges Co-Chair
When Rafay is not doing MIST, he likes to boogie (MIST Got Talent 2015 Winner!)
"I do MIST because it gives me an opportunity to give back to my community and the youth- helping them to become better individuals through small interactions."
Amal Ezzat, Award's Ceremony & MIST Got Talent Coordinator
"I'm Amal Ezzat, and when I'm not doing MIST I am a student at Suffolk studying biology and sociology. I do MIST because it's the best thing seeing how happy everyone is the weekend of, and how all of the hard work from our team paid off throughout the months! The first year I competed in MIST was my senior year, and this is the next best thing to being a competitor. The students wow me every year and I can't wait to see what's in store this year."
Wafaa Satti, Marketing
My name is Wafaa Satti I am a Business management major with a focus in marketing at UMB. In her free time she likes to cook, watch Ted talks/act like she's giving them. Also, she is very passionate about the environment!!!!
"I competed in MIST all 4yrs of high school and I joined the E-Board bc MIST has always been such a big part of my high school experience, and I wanted an opportunity to be more involved with the Muslim youth."
Dana Lobad, Marketing
Dana has been involved with MIST both as a competitor and a volunteer in the past, and this is her first year on the eboard. A sophomore at Framingham State University, she's studying Global Studies. She loves visiting Boston and all of its Museums, loves making people laugh, and has a passion for social justice and is a self proclaimed Neflix binge watcher (the first step is admitting you have a problem).
"I love MIST so much, it's completely changed my life. I've made so many connections and met some of the greatest people at both MIST Boston and MIST Nationals. I think that seeing communities come together is so great. There's no other experience out there as exciting and fulfilling as MIST is and I'm looking forward to my first year as a board member!"
Iman Yahya, Head of Men's Sports
Hey, I'm Iman Yahya, the Men's Sports Coordinator. I attend Wentworth Institute of Technology and I work at H&M.
"The reason I do MIST is to help educate and stimulate the young minds of Muslim community."
Jidu Osman, Head of Security
"I do MIST because aside from helping sculpt the youth on an individual level to form future leaders in our communities, MIST helps create that community-like atmosphere by bringing people together to establish connections and develop skills they can much further than MIST. I feel these qualities are vital to our community especially at a time like this where we are being targeted as Muslims."