About Ziz & Pam

Student Leadership Development | Performance Coach | Community Engagement | Speaker | NFL Alum

Aziz Abdur-Ra’oof

With years of experience in student development Aziz works with select Anne Arundel County Public School principals and staff to initiate and develop mentoring groups that support the educational and career pursuits for middle and high school students. In addition, Aziz provides inspirational lectures and group discussions for parents, staff and various educational stakeholders.

Prior to starting his own company, Aziz was the Director of Student Welfare & Career Development for the University of Maryland Athletic Department in College Park, MD from 2011-2014. In this role, he developed and promoted a comprehensive student athlete development program addressing personal well-being, career planning, leadership, and community service through skill-based programming including networking, career events, resume workshops and financial seminars.

Aziz also served as the Executive Director of the M Club at University of Maryland Athletic Department from 2008-2011. The M Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining a relationship between the University and its alumni athletes. He oversaw the M Club’s membership sales and participation, event planning, alumni engagement strategy, and outreach to current student athletes.

Aziz was well prepared for his career of mentoring athletes after playing football for University of Maryland on a full scholarship and playing professional football as a wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs in the late 80’s. 

He graduated from University of Maryland in 1987 with BA in Speech Communications.  Aziz has three children, a son who graduated from Hampden-Sydney, a daughter who graduated from the University of Maryland and his youngest son graduated from Cornell while playing basketball.

Blogger | Meaningful Education Advocate | Mentor | Pebble In The Pond

Pam Roy

Pam Roy’s passion for parenting and education reform is inspired by her three daughters, ages 19 to 22. Her mission is to help students and their families navigate the tumultuous school years and emerging adulthood with a focus on personal and financial wellbeing.

Pam’s years of experience as a parent, market researcher, business owner, investor, and community leader have provided her with a unique perspective on education and the economy.  Her recent return to college to pursue a master’s degree in school counseling online from NYU gave her insights into the world of higher education as well as online learning. She was so impacted by what she learned that, after completing almost all of the coursework (30 units) and the practicum, she decided not to spend a year doing the internship. Instead, she dropped out and started her blog.

Pam recently became the Co-Founder of The Viktor Frankl Institute of America with Alexander Vesely, grandson of Viktor Frankl, Moira Hummel, and Margarita Solazzo.  She believes that Logotherapy (Greek for “healing through meaning”), which is the psychology theory and philosophy of Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search For Meaning,  can make a major contribution to improving lives. Along with Alexander Vesely and Straight Up Films, she is the Executive Producer of an upcoming short film series entitled, Meaning In Madness. This project shines a light on the systemic issues contributing to the epidemic of mental health disorders and the importance of meaning.

Pam graduated from USC in 1981 with a B.S. in Business. She worked as a financial analyst for Bechtel Investments, Inc. before moving into the field of real estate market research. She was a Partner at RCLCo, Inc. and opened their Washington, D.C. office. She eventually started her own consulting firm, Manfre Realty Advisors and worked with clients around the country before marrying and moving back to California.

While raising her daughters, Pam devoted herself to philanthropy.  She has been involved with foster youth for the past ten years, including helping organize sibling reunion events and life skills workshops. She has served as a board member and active leader in the Laguna Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. where she and her daughters volunteered with various local charities over the years.

Committed to improving community connectedness, Pam developed a program called Hands of Freedom for International Sanctuary, a social enterprise whose mission is to empower girls and women escaping human trafficking. The program brings together individuals and groups on a regular basis to package, label and box Purpose Jewelry that has been made by the women living in the sanctuaries. This “modern-day quilting bee” model is changing the lives of all involved.

Pam’s youth advocacy includes mentoring teens and young adults, especially at-risk/foster youth, as they explore pathways to careers emerging in the new economy.  She believes that the cost of a college degree, the extended time required to complete a degree and the uncertain outcomes require a new approach to post-secondary education.