Heart Foundation

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HEART pays special tribute to the loving memory of two founding board members that passed away in 2013. Khaledah Kaudeyr and Al-Hajj Akmal Shareef were highly influential in the development of HEART. Their gifts of wisdom, guidance and faith in our mission will continue to touch so many lives. They smiled generously and blessed us with a memorable, timeless presence:

Remembering Our Beloved Khaledah

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi aji'un (Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return)

Khaledah Kaudeyr departed a remarkable life on November 7, 2013 after a courageous fight. She was a dedicated family member and cherished confidante.

Khaledah received her licensed practical nursing (LPN) certification from Fosdick Masten High School, continuing her quest for learning earning bachelor and master of science degrees in health and human services from Medaille College. She worked in Buffalo area hospitals and was employed with the Erie County Health Department for many years.

In the early 1980's when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was first recognized, Khaledah along with her longtime friend and co-worker Nafeeza Adeyola were employed by the American Red Cross. As specialists in community health education, they were trailblazers in HIV/AIDS prevention training and education. Collaboratively they administered and supervised scores of classes, workshops and seminars.

Khaledah went on to serve as director of the HIV/AIDS program at Geneva B. Scruggs Health Center where she was an undeniable force advocating for comprehensive, high quality community-based care and access to supportive services.

As a board member, she was instrumental in guiding HEART to develop programming that helped integrate socially and economically disenfranchised people into a healthy, healing community. She also underscored the importance of organizational sensitivity and inclusiveness in caring for our clients and treating the whole person - mind, body and spirit.

Khaledah firmly believed that high quality health care was a basic human right and her leadership expanded access in vulnerable communities. She left an indelible mark on Buffalo and broader health community. She will be missed and remembered in all we do.   

Honoring Al-Hajj Akmal SHAREEF

Completely honorable or noble; protector of the tribe

Al-Hajj Akmal Shareef was a longtime substance abuse counselor and social worker. True to his Arabic name, "Shareef", which means "completely honorable or noble" or "protector of the tribe," he dedicated his life counseling and providing supportive services over the course of his 40-year career.

His vast clinical portfolio included several substantial roles at Veterans Administration Hospital and Spectrum Human Services.  He also served as president of the Erie County Substance Abuse Consortium, and on the boards of the AIDS Network, AIDS Community Services and Latina Alianza.

Shareef was an assistant professor in the mental health aide, alcohol and substance abuse counselor curriculum at Erie Community College and associate professor in the graduate school of social work at the the University at Buffalo.

As a board member, he created the clinical framework at HEART. His extensive expertise, compassion and humor will remain a part of the fabric of its culture, staff and color the lens through which we see our role within our community.  



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