Mustaqiim Sahir (Kenden Dean) is a youth activist, author, singer and producer of Islamic entertainment. He is the founder of Muslim Radio Network and the co-owner of Muslim Radio Dallas.
After converting to Islam 30 years ago, brother Mustaqiim left the entertainment business in Hollywood and began producing work of the sake of Allah. He has worked in education in the Dallas producing education media. For several years he has dreamed of starting a local radio station for Muslims in the Dallas area. The technology of the internet has now made it possible for his dream to come true.
Today, Mahnaz works as an educational diagnostician in a public school system, but she also has formal training and certification as a school administrator. She has worked in both Muslim private weekend and full-time schools as well as in public schools. She believes strongly in the power of education to change societal stereotypes. In an attempt help children learn about the historical events and figures in American history that have been influenced by Islam, she has written a series of three Islamic American Heritage textbooks to be used in Islamic Schools.
Mahnaz Pater-Rov is an advocate for teaching youth about the history of Islam in America. She hopes the stories of the first Muslims to come to America will help Muslim youth to combat Islamophobia and find their rightful place in the only country they have ever known. Beyond that, she feels that these stories will help empower Muslim youth to find a pride in their identity that she was not afforded during her youth as an American Muslim herself.
A co-founder of Embrace, Shaykh Gyasi (Ja-see) Mckinzie was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Memphis, TN. He accepted Islam in 1991 while he was still in high school. He is a graduate from the Islamic University of Madinah and also holds a Masters degree from Vanderbilt University in Theological Studies. He has over 20 years of experience providing Islamic leadership to schools and organizations. Besides having served as Imam of the Muslim Society of Memphis and as chaplain at two federal prisons, he has been the Youth Director of the Youth and Dawah Center in Memphis, TN. He has also served as an Islamic Studies teacher and school counselor at Pleasant View School and the Islamic school of Irving respectively. He currently serves as the Director of Education for Embrace.
Kenneth Misurella was born in Lakewood, NJ and currently resides in Bedford, TX. Kenneth learned about Islam during his college years and accepted Islam in 2012. Since then, he has been involved in a variety of causes such as Da’wah, mentoring new muslims, advocacy, and humanitarian aid. During his time as a humanitarian, he visited a number of neglected communities both local and international to provide aid. He is a co-founder of Embrace and currently serves as their National Secretary.