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:
Gayana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Castleton University. Prior to moving to Dallas and becoming an independent logistics consultant she was an active member of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in San Diego, CA; held Chairwoman of ANC San Diego Chapter position along with volunteered for San Diego Adult Literacy Program that provided basic writing reading skills to adults. Gayana made Dallas TX her permanent home and hopes to continue to give back to society thru various volunteering programs.
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. It was at St. Sarkis Armenian Church that she met SOAR president Gayana and very quickly became involved. She is excited to take on the role of Treasurer and honored to be able to aid in SOAR’s mission.
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Hasmik Jasmin Duzdabanian
Hasmik Jasmin Duzdabanian graduated from the University of California, Merced with B.A. in psychology and cognitive science. She has since moved to Dallas, Texas to pursue a masters degree in the neurosciences at the University of Texas, Dallas. She is very proud of her Armenian roots, and she strives to uphold the strong values of her heritage. She is passionate about human rights and providing aid to those in need. She hopes to one day become a clinical psychologist and dedicate her career to helping others.
Margarita was born in Russia. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with pre-med track. Since the eighth grade, she has a dream of becoming a doctor. She had a great opportunity to gain some experience when she volunteered in a hospital in Russia. Margarita volunteered eight hours every day, and she got more than 500 hours of experience in total. Medicine is not her only joy in life. Margarita loves to read and can spend hours reading and learning new material without getting tired. She reads books of various genres, including classic literature, fantasy, philosophy, and mystery. She is also very altruistic. She loves to help other people and volunteers almost every weekday, helping feed students in need.
Nora has studied psychology and preventative healthcare along with various holistic healing methods. She has been a director of fitness programs and is currently practicing and teaching reiki and meditation. She is also a professional model and a personal trainer. Nora has worked with many children's charities and other charity events to increase productivity and success. Her passion is working with people on different levels of being to bring out the best possible outcome for all.