SOAR - Dallas Chapter
SOAR-Dallas became part of the SOAR family in April 2015. Armenians first arrived in North Texas in the 1890s. Today, the community of approximately 2,000 Armenians is galvanized by St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodoz Church, which offers Sunday services and hosting a variety of community events.
Board of Directors:
Kristine Ratevosyan was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. She moved to America eleven years ago, and is currently in school getting her Bachelor's Degree in Finance at the University of North Texas. Kristine is involved in many non-profit organizations in the DFW area such as Children's Advocacy Center, Habitat for Humanity, Minnie's Food Pantry, Frisco Family Services, Dallas Furniture Bank, and FMSC. She is also an active member in St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church in Carrollton, on the board of ACYOA, and an active volunteer or ArmeniaFest. Her passion is working with children and giving back to the community.
Emily has an array of experience in the marketing world in various companies from Insurance, Finance, and Consulting Groups to Food and Beverage Companies. Immediately upon graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Sociology, she was hired on by a start up consulting company in Austin. While in Austin, Emily was involved in many non-profit organizations and assisted in a number of fundraisers for the Texas Exes, Easter Seals, Little Helping Hands, and The Salvation Army. A career opportunity brought Emily back to Dallas at the end of last year where her family has resided.
Shant received his BS in Chemistry from the Armenian University of Beirut in 2011 with minors in Philosophy and Biomedical Engineering. He moved to Dallas shortly thereafter and completed his MS and PhD work in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Shant has been involved with volunteer work with the Armenian youth in Lebanon and in Dallas. He is involved in the Armenian community in Dallas and likes to spend his free time giving back to his community.
Hasmik Gharaghazaryan earned her Master’s degree in French linguistics from Yerevan State University in Armenia. Prior to moving to US in 2009, Hasmik was a part-time lecturer in Yerevan State University and worked at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia as senior specialist in cultural cooperation with French-and Spanish-speaking countries and international organizations. She currently teaches French and Spanish at Richland College (community college part of the Dallas County Community College District). She is an active member of Richland College Institute for Global Citizenship, and has participated at the Global Citizenship Alliance in Potsdam, Germany (July 2017).
Hasmik is also actively involved in Armenian Community in Dallas, and volunteers for Armenia Fest.
Edgar earned his BA in Economics from Armenian State University of Economics, as well attending an academic year studying at Montclair State University, New-Jersey. Edgar has over nine years of experience in audit missions of banks, credit organizations, investments funds and enterprises. After spending most of his career at Audit Service Line, he transferred to Advisory Services of Grant Thornton’s Dallas office where he currently holds the position of manager.
Edgar grew up in Armenia, and has even volunteered at the SOS Villages as a camp leader. SOAR is a supporter of the SOS Villages.
Edgar is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian.
Ruben was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to Moscow in 1999, before immigrating to the US in 2001. He graduated with a BA in International Relations and Slavic Studies from Brown University, where he led the Armenian Students Association and volunteered for Big Brothers of Rhode Island. After 6 years in New York City, Ruben and his family moved to Dallas where he founded a personal finance start-up.
He goes back to Armenia frequently to visit family and explore his ancestral Nagorno Karabakh. Ruben’s dream is to open an Armenian-Texan BBQ restaurant.