Key People

Committed to the Our Youth

Since our founding in 2016, Rawdatul Muhibbeen has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.


Zayed Ahmed, PhD, LPCC, LICSW

Board of Directors Chair

Dr. Ahmed is the Director of Programs at Avenues for Homeless Youth and a professor in Psychology at Metro State University.

Zinet Kemal

Board of Directors Treasure

Ms. Kemal is an IT engineer at MN Department of Human Services and an Adjunct Instructor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Tuere Tidwell

Board  of Directors Member

Ms. Tidwell is the Board of Directors Chair of Sisters Need A Place (SNAP) and the former Board Chair of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood in Empowerment (RISE).  Ms. Tidwell is currently an Admin Processor with Koch Trucking.

Ayana Shakir, MA

Executive Director & Co-founder

Ms. Shakir is a Doctoral Candidate in Organization Development and Change at the University of St. Thomas.  She is also an adjunct instructor at St. Catherine University Bachelor of Social Work Program.

Hodan Ibrahim

Program Director & Co-founder

Ms. Ibrahim has a degree in Early Childhood Development and over 10 years of experience working with our youth.

Farhia Olad, LSW

Program Coordinator

Ms. Olad is a licensed social worker with over 5 years of experience working with children and families.


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