Dawah Society of Ohio -- Governing Board of Directors

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John Cameron is a US Air Force veteran  who graduated from Stark State College of Technology with a degree in human and Social Services before furthering his studies in social work at Youngstown State. Having been raised in a Baptist Christian tradition he became a deacon at age 23, while working extensively within the community as a coach, mentor, and Community activist. Unfortunate circumstances led to his incarceration for 18 months. During this time he earnestly studied religions of the world, and law in the prison Library. He converted to Islam in 2004 after his release. Since then he has worked with different groups and organizations as a community activist and organizer. He also further studied Islamic aqidah under Imam Malik Abdul Zahir for several years until his unfortunate passing in 2017. He is a devout student of Islamic, African, and American history as well as having interest in comparative religion, Interfaith dialogue, Sports, and quiet family time.


Vice President

Taressa Kebbeh has worked in healthcare since 2003 and enjoys a career as a supervisor at a group home providing care to people with disabilities.  She attended Ashworth University and is a convert to Islam having taken Shahada in 2012. 



David Oliver Kling is a graduate of Wright State University holding a B.A. degree in Religious Studies and a B.A. degree in Philosophy. He has a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a specialization in Black Church and African Diaspora Studies. While in college he worked as Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs and while in seminary he served the Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as consulting minister. After seminary, he served as a chaplain resident at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. He is a Muslim convert and has a religious background that includes Christianity, Unitarian Universalism, and Ecology-centered spirituality.  He currently works as a hospice chaplain in Northeast Ohio.  His academic interests include race and class issues, comparative theology, spiritual care and practical theology.

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Markel Muhammad joined the Nation of Islam in 1992 at the age of 18, later he took Shahadah in 1998.  He studied Maliki fiqh, tasawwuf, and aqidah with several different sheikhs and scholars.  Markel was once an amateur and professional boxer.