Board of Advisors

Ayman Nassar, Founder

Over 25 years of experience in individual transformation, youth development, and coaching. He has coached, taught and counseled thousands of youth and young professionals and has been a certified mentor and coach with Big Brother Big Sister, Lutheran Social Services, Dar Al-Taqwa, Prince George’s Community College Asian, Latino, African, Native American (ALANA), New Beginnings Youth Center, Howard County Detention Center and Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA), a youth development organization he founded in 2009. In 2015, he founded Youth Crisis Line (YCL) to address the alarming need for stabilizing young adults experiencing challenges and crises. Ayman is a member of the Howard County Reentry Council and the Howard County Ethnic Diversity Round Table. He holds two Master degrees in electrical engineering, engineering management and systems engineering, and hold certifications in half a dozen leadership areas. He has been trained in cultural competence, youth development, reentry, psychology, curriculum development and has devised over 140 courses and programs for youth and adults. He was faculty at University of California, Prince George’s Community College, Strayer University and Howard Community College.

Dr. Ahmed Khan

Dr. Ahmad Khan is a psychiatrist treating patients in Columbia, Maryland, and the surrounding communities. He is affiliated with the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD. Dr. Khan is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Maryland Psychiatric Society. He pursued his medical degree at the University of Dhaka. Dr. Khan continued his medical education at the St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA, where he received his residency training in psychiatry.

Patricia Blades

Sister Patti brings insights as a behavioral health care provider managing acute psychiatric and substance abuse admissions, concurrent reviews, and length of stays, and clinical consultation and support. She has provided psychotherapy to clients and provided supervision and administrative oversight to clinical social work staff, provide staff training and development, and enhancements of clinical skill through training and development in clinical assessment, treatment planning and trauma-informed therapy. Approved and certified trainer for CANS assessment instrument.

Dr. Osama Abulseoud

Dr. Abulseoud is a board-certified psychiatrist and scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In the clinical end, he treats patients struggling with depression and other mental illnesses. As a researcher, he studies the cause why some people suffered from mental illness and drug addiction. Dr. Abulseoud is an expert in the field. In this lecture, he will talk about the emerging trends in suicide rates and how to approach the problem of adolescent suicide at the individual levels.