The Team

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman started his career in 1989 as a professional entertainer and lead singer of the pre-teen pop group Perfect Gentlemen. After leaving the group in 1993 and becoming an at-risk youth himself, Taymullah changed his life when he accepted Islam in 1999.
After receiving a diploma in Islamic Studies from Saudi Arabia in 2006, he returned to the states determined to be a positive force in his neighborhood. Since then he has served as chaplain for the Massachusetts Department of Correction as well as Northeastern University spiritual advisor. Currently he is chaplain for Harvard University where he also teaches a graduate course on Islam at Harvard Divinity School. He holds a masters in Global Interfaith Leadership, hosts a blog on Huffington Post and is a married father of seven children.

Joel Olicker
Joel Olicker is an award-winning filmmaker and TV producer. His company, Powderhouse, has produced hundreds of programs for cable networks, public television, corporations and non-profits. His 3 part series “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” about veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, aired nationally on PBS in 2015. He and his family live in Arlington, MA.

Douglas Stevens
Douglas Stevens is an award-winning audio and music producer. As Executive Producer at Handsome Brothers Music, he managed and recorded thousands of soundtracks for TV, films, advertising, corporate, and the internet and has worldwide music placements. He worked 8 years at SiriusXM satellite radio as producer/host of his own comedy music program and is the author of several popular comedy music albums. Today he helps produce a number of podcasts including That’s Some American Muslim Life, Second Start, and Sound Health.