PROPEL does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to mentoring. Our top priority is matching mentees with a mentor who has the skills, knowledge, and connections to meet their individual career goals. We recruit and train volunteer mentors from a wide range of fields–here are some examples.

Mentor Spotlight: Hider Naserdin

Professional Experience/Highlights:  As the manager of maintenance for the Toledo Processing and Distribution Center I am responsible for all maintenance operations in our facility, which includes the 260,000 sqft. Building, mail processing equipment and the building services functions. I maintain a staff of 6 supervisors and just under 100 employees in a 24/7 operation. This also includes over 100 associate offices in NW Ohio, 14 stations and branches, and a vehicle maintenance facility. I perform the hiring, testing, interviewing, bids, staffing, budget, and grievance processing for the maintenance department.

Community Activities:  I am involved with several committees associated with the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo dealing with health fairs, blood drives, soup kitchens, international festival. Multifaith council of NW Ohio, Compassionate Cities. Habitat for Humanity.

Advice to students interested in my career path:  Having a mentor or at least an advisor is crucial to success.

Advice to students unsure about career path:  Find what interests you and seek advice from individuals in that field.

Its great to be a mentor because…  I want to see our youth succeed and achieve their career goals. For me personally, there is no greater satisfaction than seeing someone you have worked with succeed.

When I was a young adult I wish I had… Better guidance.


Other current mentors include:

Dr. Saleh Jabarin, Professor Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Toledo. UT Bio here.

Ahmed Badawi, Administrator, City of Toledo Water Reclamation Plant. Licensed professional mechanical engineer,

Rita Mansour, Senior Managing Director, Mansour Wealth Management. Certified Private Wealth Advisor ®. Full bio here.

Nick Baer, General Manager of Service Division, GEM, Inc.

Nadeem Salem, Chartered Financial Consultant ®, Salem Financial Group.

Jameel Burkett, President, Burkett Restaurant Equipment and Supplies.

Randa Mansour-Shousher, Founder and Director of Audiology, Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic.

Judy OliveHealth Teacher at Fassett Middle School.