Executives & Staff

Rafiya Peerbhoy Khan, BS, MS, CHS
Founding President & CEO
Senior DNA Consultant at NJ Sharing Network

Rafiya Peerbhoy Khan is the Founder and President of SAMAR. She is a microbiologist from the University of Bombay. Her career started in organ transplantation. Mrs. Khan is a certified Immunogenetic and Histocompatibility Specialist and is involved in clinical Immunology. Due to her experience in the field of HLA at a leading cancer hospital, she is a great asset to the organization in terms of patient support. Due to her selfless efforts on behalf of SAMAR, she has received several Congressional, Senatorial, Mayoral and Community Awards. Mrs. Khan currently serves on Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz’s Immigration Task Force.

Moazzam Khan
Director of Community Engagement

Moazzam A. Khan has an extensive background in advertising, where he was the director of marketing and research and was a corporate liaison for many clients. He is currently SAMAR’s Director of Community Engagement, handling all aspects SAMAR’s public relations and media contacts. Mr. Khan has been integral in training every volunteer about the various drive protocols. Due to his selfless efforts on behalf of SAMAR, he has received several Congressional, Senatorial, Mayoral and Community Awards.

Ron Jacob, MD
Executive Director

Dr. Ron Jacob graduated from Binghamton University with his B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience and a minor in Africana Studies. He went on to complete his Medical Degree at Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine. He began as a volunteer with SAMAR in 2005  and joined the SAMAR staff in 2007. He now serves as the Executive Director. Dr. Jacob gives educational lectures and training sessions at various venues and conducts multiple drives while supervising the day to day operations. We are also proud to announce that Dr. Jacob became a PBSC donor himself and donated his cells to a patient in need in 2014!

Poornima Vijayanagar
Lead Coordinator and Recruiter of Washington D.C., MD, VA Chapter

Poornima has been a volunteer for SAMAR since 2005, coordinating drives in the Washington Metro area along with all her family members.

Pooja (Reshma)
Drive Data Specialist
Murtuza Nathani CPA
Accounts Manager, Financial Consultant