Maurice "Raheem" Mander is the CEO of Asatainaya, LLC, a company that uses comics and art to promote youth development. In 2009, with a BA in History from Morehouse College and an MA in African-American History from Morgan State University, Mander used his vast experiences as an educator/child and family therapist to co-author the Eastern North Philadelphia Youth Services Coalition's Graphics Arts and Comic Book Course. Approved by the School District of Philadelphia as a credit-bearing class in the Arts and Humanities, it promoted self-esteem and character development among youth.
In 2006, Mander founded the Delores Hightower and Carolyn Howell Women of Color Cancer Social. This organization donates money to cancer prevention, provides toys to low-income children during the holidays, and sponsors a Mother's Day cookout that annually serves over 300 women. In 2008, the Social became the largest minority fundraiser ever held at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, with over 500 people in attendance.
While under the leadership of Mander from 2004-2008, the Northwest Center of Community Based Case Management received the elusive "A" rating by Philadelphia's Division of Human Services (DHS) for its service to children and families, helping to solidify Mander as an expert in case management, program development, family planning, and evaluation. As a result, Mander has served as a mentor to program managers and case managers throughout Philadelphia.
Currently, as the CEO of Asatainaya, LLC, Mander created HBCU Superheroes: Surian Seed. HBCU Superheroes is a genre-bending epic detailing the struggle of a new breed of heroes faced with a universe-shattering threat. This new breed of heroes distinguishes themselves by being graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).