SOUTHFIELD — Beyond Basics, which provides literacy support programs to schools in Detroit and Pontiac, today announced the appointment of Mrs. Emily Ford and Mr. Mohammad Qazi to the Beyond Basics Board of Directors.

Mrs. Emily Ford, a California native, was formerly a kindergarten and fourth-grade teacher at St. Paul the Apostle School in West Los Angeles.  Emily graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and has a Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University.  Ford has a passion for teaching and education reform and believes that education will always be the great equalizer. She is active in supporting a number of organizations that assist those vulnerable in the community.

Mr. Mohammad Qazi is the founder and president of Ciena Healthcare, based in Southfield, Michigan. Qazi takes great interest in U.S.-Pakistani relations, particularly in the area of trade. He serves on the Board of the U.S. Pakistan Business Council. He is an active member of the community at home and abroad, particularly in Pakistan. He supports numerous community organizations and serves in multiple boards in the healthcare field. He also chairs the Qazi Foundation, which funds the advancement of healthcare, education and self-employment in the U.S. and Pakistan.

Pamela Good, Executive Director of Beyond Basics, says, “We are honored and blessed to have Emily and Mohammad take a leadership role with Beyond Basics as we work to meet the literacy needs of children in the Detroit Metropolitan area.”

Mrs. Emily Ford
Mr. Mohammad Qazi