The following people are the executive officers of Brighter Dawns. These individuals direct the organization’s activities, from developing its mission to designing and holding fundraisers. Below are brief biographies of the officers:
Christopher Liong, Editor-in-Chief [contact]
Christopher Liong is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he triple-majored in neuroscience and behavior, psychology, and English. He plans to pursue a career in clinical psychology, as he feels that learning to understand people is the key to making the world a better place. It was this interest in the health field that first drew Liong to Brighter Dawns, and its slogan of “Improving Health for a Better Tomorrow.” Due to his background in the literary humanities, he is now the Editor-in-Chief of the organization. As Editor-in-Chief, Liong has completed numerous applications on behalf of Brighter Dawns, and has also written several publicized pieces to advertise the organization’s mission. He currently resides in New Haven, where he works as a research assistant in the Yale Department of Psychiatry.
Faseeha Altaf, Outreach Director [contact]
Faseeha Altaf is the Outreach Director of Brighter Dawns. She is eager to spread Brighter Dawns to schools and universities within the nation and abroad. A Connecticut native, Faseeha studied Physiology and Neurobiology at University of Connecticut. Faseeha spent her final semester at UConn as an intern at CNN in New York City. Working in CNN’s Medical Unit alongside medical producers and correspondents, she conducted background research, interviewed leading scientists, assisted in field shoots, and helped prepare segments and series for broadcast. She showcased her passion for writing as she pitched and reported stories for CNN.com/health. Faseeha is an active organizer of service events locally and across the nation. She has experience working in nonprofit development and enjoys learning new languages, traveling, and photography. With her prospective career in medicine, Faseeha hopes to bridge the gap between practitioners and patients, between the access to information and the public’s understanding of health and healthcare.
Kimberly Muellers, Communications & Finance Director [contact]
Kimberly Muellers is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Psychology and Environmental Studies, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University in New York. Kimberly has always been passionate about fighting for international human rights, and she felt compelled to help Brighter Dawns provide the people of Ward 12 with the right to clean water and freedom from preventable disease. As Communications Director, she manages Brighter Dawns’ public image and press appearances, and as Finance Director she maintains the organization’s funds to ensure that contributions from donors and grants are used to maximize Brighter Dawns’ positive impact in Bangladesh.
Rajeeta Iyer, Administrative Director [contact] Rajeeta Iyer hails from Bangalore, India and is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she majored in sociology. She is currently a graduate student at Drexel University, studying Library & Information Science and Information Systems. Having spent many years away from South Asia studying in Singapore, when Tasmiha approached her with her mission, she saw a chance to effect change for people in need close to home and dived into it. Her interest in efficient communication, organization and technology are put to good use in Brighter Dawns, where she works to support her fellow teammates needs. She hopes to spend a summer on site, getting to know the people of Ward 12, and looks forward to being part of Brighter Dawn’s progress.
Sophia Farooqui, Secretary [contact]
Sophia Farooqui is a fifth grade teacher for Davenport schools in Iowa. Sophia became fascinated with what Brighter Dawns does after she met Tasmiha at a youth conference. Sophia’s own family comes from India and she knows firsthand the difficulties of raising a family that does not have access to clean running water. She is therefore passionate about this cause and is glad to have found an organization that is just as passionate about this as she is. Sophia currently resides in Bettendorf, IA, is married, and has a son.
Tasmiha Khan, Founder & CIO [contact]
In the summer of 2010 on a trip to Bangladesh, Tasmiha Khan was struck by the stark contrast between the rich and the poor, driving her to intern with a local NGO. She decided to return to the U.S. to create a donor base and raise awareness of the dire slum conditions and became known as the “Chief Inspirational Officer” to her colleagues. Invited as a panelist to Brown University’s SEED Conference and a speaker at Yale’s Global Health and Innovation Conference, Khan was awarded 2011’s Project for Peace Winner and Dell Social Innovation Semifinalist Fellowship. Under Khan’s leadership, the organization completed its first project in the summer of 2011, and it continues to grow and seek new ways of spreading knowledge and healthier practices to impoverished communities in Bangladesh. In 2012, Khan obtained her BA from Wesleyan University in Neuroscience & Behavior with Honors in Psychology. Khan hopes to pursue a career in public health with a focus on social entrepreneurship. She values the power of passion and persistence and is an admirer of M. Jalaluddlin Rumi. After all, “where your aspiration lies, that you will become, for, “the bird flies with its wings, but the believer flies with his aspiration.