Board Members

Irshad Altheimer:

Barakah Muslim Charity’s President,Irshad Altheimer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice at Rochester Institute for Technology. His research examines the sociological and cultural factors impacting crime and criminal justice policy.  Since accepting Islam in December 2000, Irshad has been actively involved in the Muslim community. He is a founder of Barakah Muslim Charity, which serves the poor and needy in the greater Rochester area. He also contributes articles to

Luzviminda Arguello

Barakah Muslim Charity’s Vice President, Food Pantry Coordinator. Native of Colorado…she came to Rochester in 2013 to open the Xerox Call Center in Webster, NY as the Hiring Manager. During her time there she had the opportunity to meet and talk with almost everyone in Rochester face to face and found herself increasingly fond of the community…her aspirations and goals are to make a difference anywhere possible…helping to overcome inequality for the Sake of Allah (SWT)

Borden D. Mills

Borden D. Mills is BMC’s Outreach Coordinator. He was born in Rochester and went to school in Ohio and New York State, graduating with a degree in English Literature from the State College of New York at Geneseo in 2002. In 1999 he took his Shahadah at the Medina Masjid on East 11th St. in New York City. He currently lives in Brighton with his wife and four children and has been employed by Victor, N.Y. based Kirtas Technologies, a leading global digitization provider, as a Trainer and Technician since 2003.


Spencer L. Ash Esq.

Spencer is an experienced litigation and transactional attorney with vast public and private sector experience. He has worked as counsel for several Fortune 100 companies and currently represents the City of Rochester. Spencer is a Rochester native, a graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School, S.U.N.Y at Buffalo and Touro Law Center. He specializes in state, federal and appellate litigation, as well as contract law. Spencer is a passionate community advocate who has served on the Foundation Board of the Monroe County Bar Association, participated in Lawyers For Learning as both a mentor and a Vice-Chair, was President of the Rochester Black Bar Association in 2013 and has contributed to periodicals such as the Daily Record and Our Voice Magazine. He has been named an Emerging Bar Leader, an Emerging African American Leader, received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Rochester Black Bar Association, is a graduate of Leadership Rochester, and a recipient of Dale Carnegie’s Outstanding Performance Award.

Munye Abanur

Building Facilities, Transportation Coordinator

Sabrina Anglin

Volunteer Coordinator

Beatrice Beyah

Fund Raising, Grant Writer

Andriana L. Ongoiba

Refugee Coordinator