Shahd Alasaly- Co-Founder
Randa Kuziez grew up in a small, quiet Midwestern town near St. Louis, MO. She received her M.A. in international relations from Washington University in St. Louis, her B.A. in history and international relations. She is currently working at the Pillars Fund and serving on the board of several local and international humanitarian NGO's. Randa finds inspiration and meaning through the teachings of Islam, and a Hadith resonates with her, “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.”
When she is not at work or in a board meeting, Randa enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, stressing the importance of recycling and conservation. You can find her looking for opportunities to be around trees, animals, and anything nature-related.
Shahd Alasaly grew up in the desert heat of Phoenix, Arizona. She received her Masters in International Psychology, her Bachelor's in English Literature, and a certificate in professional photography. Shahd had the incredible experience of teaching abroad in Syria for three years, where she taught English at private institutes and schools. ms. Shahd founded and currently runs Blue Meets Blue, an ethical clothing line that employs refugees in the United States.
When she is not writing a children's book, or photographing another spaghetti-face-pose, or starting up a business, you can find her drinking warm cups of espresso (her husband thinks she single-handedly funds the coffee industry) while trying to keep up with her two children.
Randa and Shahd realized that they both had very common goals and interests. While drinking delicious espresso at Shahd's house they decided to start up HoneyTree Books, something Randa had been thinking about for years.
They want live in a world where children can grow up with a very strong and proud identity, and see themselves represented in the books they read.