Meet the Team

Baha’i Blog is a volunteer project run by a devoted band of Baha’is from around the world.

Naysan Naraqi

Baha’i Blog Editor and Master Project Manager

Naysan has worked in various avenues of media for more than a decade and he’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. He has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the DawnBreaker Collective and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of MANA albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the Building Momentum and Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Collis Ta’eed

Pixel Pushing Web Designer

Collis is a designer and entrepreneur and loves working online, where he runs an internet startup called Envato. Working with blogs all day long led Collis to cofound the annual blogging event Blog Action Day, which was profiled by the Baha’i World News Service in 2008.

Collis has worked on lots of different Baha’i projects and is particularly excited to be involved with Baha’i Blog, as it unites his two big interests in life, the Baha’i Faith and the web which, combined, is pretty much what Collis considers to be the recipe for awesomeness.

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Laura Friedmann-Mostmand

Associate Producer

Laura FriedmanThrough 15 years of experience, Laura has honed a growing repertoire as a producer and media artist. Her media skills include film production, video editing and photography and as a producer she has led numerous creative projects, as well as managed and organized small and large scale events. Laura also helps deliver content to audiences through compelling and effective digital strategies including marketing approaches through design and web products. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children.

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Sonjel Vreeland

Assistant Editor

Sonjel 3003x300In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she’s driving at night, and she’s one of those rare people who can always be depended on, and is always helping out whenever the need calls. Sonjel doesn’t just ‘talk-the-talk’, she truly ‘walks-the-walk’.

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Shahed Badiyan

Task Master & Baha’i Trivia Ninja

Shahed 300x300No task is too big or too small for Shahed, he’s one of those guys who gets the job done! Currently residing in Switzerland, Shahed is a physician specializing in radiation oncology from the United States and his interests are the interplay between spirituality and health, Baha’i history, traveling, and sports. When Baha’i Blog needs to check some facts, help with putting together Trivia Quizzes, or just getting through our ‘to do’ lists, Shahed always jumps to the rescue!

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Sana Hosseini

Content Delivery and Searchability

Sana has been creating Bahá’í websites from the age of 16 after falling in love with the openness of information sharing on the internet and discovering html. Currently working in finance and business, he is passionate about learning and innovation.