Alma Soto
Board Chair


Alma Soto joined the GIS Board in 2017, when she was appointed by the MCA Joint Boards. She has three children, of which, two are current GIS students. 


Throughout the years, she has had the privilege to blend her learning of social justice, educational equity with practical knowledge as well as experience in her work with many local nonprofits, Islamic organizations and school districts in a way that has refined her experiential knowledge of her community. She has over 17 years of non-profit, organizing and education experience.


Alma holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Buisness Administration specializing in non-profit and entrepreneurship.  She is dedicated in enhancing the GIS school environment as well as building the GIS students to become

the future leaders of our community one step at a time.

Muhammad Ali Janjua

Board Member

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Muhammad Ali Janjua joined Granada Islamic School Board with a vision of an institute where students should be able to achieve competitive excellence in academics both in California standard and Islamic curriculum, debates, science and sports competitions.  He believes in working collaboratively with parents, school staff and his peers to achieve these goals. He has prior experience of working as facilities director for Folsom Educational Academy where he oversaw various facility needs and took part in important school related decisions. Professionally, Muhammad Ali has Masters degree in Computer Engineering and has been working in Semiconductor industry for past 17 years. He enjoys traveling various places with his family, and as a hobby he likes to run and has participated in many relay and half marathons.

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Abdul Mateen Mohammed


My name is Abdul Mateen Mohammed and have been living in the Bay Area since 1995. I am married and have four kids, 3 of them graduated from GIS and one still in 5th grade. I work for Incorta Inc as Technical Director.


I have joined GIS board this year and looking forward to collaborating with the school administration and parents to add value in the area of Computer Sciences and

Volunteer opportunities for students. 

Abdulhakim Abushaala
Board Member


I grew up as a thinker, problem solver and a natural entrepreneur with Master of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering focused on real-world industry challenges in IT and Security solutions at a large scale. 

I enable large Enterprises see the value of technological solutions needed to achieve global business objectives. My job is a mix of active listening, deep understanding of business objectives and requirements, managing human interactions, and simplified delivery of technology jargons to all stake holders. 

The mission I share with the GIS Board is the purpose of enabling our wonderful kids to be the most effective, humble, leaders of tomorrow. I aspire to contribute towards providing the GIS Administration with all necessary policies, meaningful guidance and support to overcome challenges and to deliver high-quality education combined with comprehensive activities to enable students reach their full potential. 

Farooq Bhatti

Board Member


My vision for GIS is to work with all stakeholders to prepare our children to become good role models, exemplary citizens in our community and excel in professional careers. Inculcate our children with great Islamic values, high moral & ethical standards and self‐esteem. Also work to empower the GIS faculty and staff through mutual respect and understanding, provide ongoing training, modern and sufficient resources to implement an educational program of high excellence. I have two children enrolled at GIS since kindergarten. Professionally I work as Principal Engineer for Product Development and Services, for the last 23 years. I have Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Engineering from SJSU. I like to play cricket, badminton, tennis, take bicycle rides with my kids, and travel to different locations in the world.

Maha Dahbour

Board Member

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Sr. Maha has been an active member of the community for over 20 years. She lives in San Mateo and is a mother of six; three of which are currently enrolled at GIS and three GIS Alumni. Sr. Maha has been actively involved with the GIS PTO for the last 10 years, and this is her 18th year as an active GIS parent's. Maha has a law degree from the University of Jordan, Certificate in Paralegal Studies, and a Teaching Certificate as well as a Director Certificate in early childhood education. As an early member of Yaseen Foundation, Sr. Maha played a critical role in starting and establishing the Muslim Children Garden (MCG) in San Mateo/Belmont area in 2001. In addition, Sr. Maha worked as a teacher at MCG for over 13 years. In addition to MCA and GIS, she is also an active member at both Belmont and Burlingame centers of Yaseen Foundation. For the last six years, Sr. Maha worked with other interfaith organizations in the peninsula to establish the first Peace Village Camp, which is being implemented in the various community colleges in the Bay Area.