Board of Directors
The board of directors oversees the strategy of the Medina Community Clinic. They provide diligent governance for a sound business and financial practice as well as ensuring that the goals of the organization are met.
Sajid Syed is President & CEO of Therios Healthcare, a pharmaceutical analytics start up company based in Princeton, NJ. An industry entrepreneur, he has built a career around successfully launching and selling pharmaceutical service companies. He earned his graduate degree in pharmaceutical marketing from St. John’s University in New York. Mr. Syed is very actively involved in social activities and serves on numerous non-profit boards including: Institute of Islamic Studies, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Greater Philadelphia Health Action, National Association of Specialty Pharmacies, and Mercer Alliance. In 2014, he founded the Medina Community clinic in Trenton, NJ, an innovative model to provide Specialty Care for the uninsured.
Ms. Abedin has been involved in numerous philanthropic and community outreach efforts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women for Women International, Board of Directors of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Duke Islamic Studies Center Advisory Board and the Medina Clinic. In addition she serves on the NJ Homeland Security Interfaith Advisory Council and the leadership of the Mizaan Retreat, hosted annually by Princeton University’s Muslim Life program.
In years prior, Ms. Abedin served as a board member of Habitat for Humanity and Meals and Wheels of Mercer County. She has served as Board President of the Princeton Girlchoir and the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.
Ms. Abedin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and three children.
Dr. Baig is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School and is part of the practice at the Hamilton Gastroenterology Group, P.C. Zahid has helped in the process of establishing a free clinic for uninsured and indigent population at Al-Huda School and Medical Clinic in College Park Maryland. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Noor-ul-Iman School. Zahid is also on the RWJ Hamilton Foundation Board. He is involved in community organizing and philanthropy.
Dennis Micai is the full-time as its Executive Director at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Mr. Micai currently serves on several boards, commissions and volunteers with several organizations. Among them are Robbinsville-Hamilton Sunrise Rotary Club, the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board and the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness of which he is the founding Chairperson. In the past he has served as Chairperson of the American Public Human Services Association’s (APHSA) National Council of Local Human Services Administrators, Chairperson of the Mercer County Human Services Advisory Council, President of the County Welfare Directors Association of New Jersey, and the Governor’s Policy Academy to develop a New Jersey plan to end homelessness. He is also active in his church, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, serving both as a vestry member and senior warden.
Dr. Mughal is a specialist who practices at Mercer County Hematology Oncology at Capitol Health in Trenton NJ. Dr. Mughal is on staff at all the local hospitals and serves as a teaching attending at Capital Health System and St Francis Medical Center. He is involved with several community projects and is a contributing member and volunteer with local, national and international organizations including Islamic Relief, Human Development Foundation, UNICEF, Unity Production Foundation, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and Community Alliance for Peace.
Linda Schwimmer is the President & CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. The Quality Institute is a non-profit foundation focused on improving the quality and affordability of health care in New Jersey.
Linda is also a member of the board of the Leapfrog Group, a national hospital safety advocacy group that issues the Hospital Safety Score. She also serves on the NJ Department of Health Quality Improvement Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining the Quality Institute, Ms. Schwimmer was Director of Strategic Relations & External Affairs at Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. There, Schwimmer was on the leadership team that brought Accountable Care Organizations and the largest Patient Centered Medical Home program to New Jersey.
Ms. Schwimmer also served in State Government as Director of Legislation and Policy for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, where she represented the Department’s position before the State Legislature and worked with State and federal officials on priority legislative initiatives impacting the Insurance, Banking and Real Estate industries. Ms. Schwimmer’s experience in State government also includes policy and counsel positions with the Senate Majority Office, where she staffed the Judiciary and Commerce Committees.
Schwimmer also has experience in the federal government, having clerked for a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge and worked as an attorney at the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. For over a decade, Linda was a lawyer in private practice, specializing in bankruptcy and commercial law.
Ms. Schwimmer received a B.A. with honor from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
RESHMI SIDDIQUE, Ph.D
Reshmi Siddique has a doctorate in health services research from Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from The London School of Economics (LSE), London University and a master’s degree in development economics from Oxford University. Reshmi has almost 17 years of work experience as a health economist and public health scientist. She has worked in various organizations including Johnson and Johnson, University Hospitals of Cleveland and Columbia University. On the non-profit front, Reshmi is involved in many charitable activities with especial interest in supporting projects involving womens’ mental health. She is also a Founder-Trustee of a charitable trust that provides health care and educational services for poor people in Bangladesh.
Dr. Javier Villota is the Medical Director of Occupational Medicine & Corporate Health and Travel Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, New Jersey. He was previously the Chief Medical Officer for the hospital. He received his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles California and Seton Hall School of Graduate Studies at St. Francis Medical Center where he was Chief Resident and then he stay as an Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine teaching medical residents. From there he went RWJUHH he started as a Physician Advisor and Occupational Medicine Physician, and then he was Vice-president of Medical Affairs, Senior Vice-president and Chief Medical Officer before eventually becoming Medical Director of Occupational Medicine and Travel Medicine in 2010. Under his direction now Occupational Medicine takes care of the health and wellness of the employees of PSE&G, the State of New Jersey Agencies, Amazon at Robbinsville (Biggest fulfillment center in the United states), Grainger, County of Mercer, Hamilton Township and several other small and large companies. In addition to his work, Dr. Villota is the Chairman for the MAP at the CHW RWJUHH. He also supports our community by holding regular hours in the Family Medical Clinic where he sees underserved uninsured patients at the Family Medical Clinic here at RWJ Hamilton. He also teaches medical students from Rutgers Medical School.
Sunita Mookerjee has been working in the field of community health, in the United States and globally, for over 15 years. She has developed a deep understanding of the community health landscape, through her work as a public health professional. Her work in improving existing health care programs through innovative and enhanced quality services has provided her the skills to work with both service delivery and policy development across diverse health issues and communities. Her projects have been aimed at increasing the access to quality affordable health care to underinsured and disenfranchised population. Providing prenatal care through enhanced services in New Jersey, improving maternal and neonatal health care systems and decrease of prematurity births as part of the NJ State Maternal Health Committee, the March of Dimes and the Infant Mortality Improvement Committee have been her most recent projects. In addition to domestic US health programs, Sunita is currently working as an Advisory Consultant for Health Projects in India as part of the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust with support from various Global Alliance Health Networks and the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Public Health Institute. Her global community work helps promote innovative health care programs, reduce maternal morbidity, decrease and prevent prematurity, infant mortality, TB, HIV/AIDS and other burdens of global health challenges. Sunita is also involved with the South Asian Mental Health Association, to provide awareness and educational services on mental health and wellness. With a passion for constant learning, Sunita has an MPH from New York Medical College and is currently working towards a degree in non-profit healthcare management and the use of mobile technology in health education.
Michael A. Rashid is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of AmeriHealth Caritas and has made it his life’s work to ensure those most in need have access to one of the most basic of human rights — health care. He was inspired to a lifetime of service by accompanying his father on his rounds on behalf of the Negro Health and Tuberculosis Association during his youth in Birmingham, Alabama. Later, when Dr. King called for many to march in the name of justice, Michael answered the call, marching with Dr. King in the name of civil rights for African Americans and ultimately, all people.
Michael’s advocacy on behalf of those most in need has been acknowledged by numerous organizations and awards over the years. Most recently, Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius honored his service by appointing him to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2013.
Michael holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Southern California. He serves on numerous boards, including Drexel University, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, People’s Emergency Center and Independence Mission Schools. Michael also is a member of the Free Library of Philadelphia Healthcare Advisory Council. He currently lives in Ambler, Pa., with his wife and three children.
Amar was born in Peshawar Pakistan and moved to the United States at the age of 7. He attended Rutgers University then NJ Medical School. Amar is employed by St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ where he serves as the Associate Chairman of Medicine, Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Chairman of the Ethics Committee.
Amar is married with three children. He enjoys traveling, enjoying nature’s beauty, and emceeing for various organizations.