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.

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Board of Directors:

Kristine Ratevosyan

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 Vosgerichian
Vice President

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 Aghyarian

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.

Emily Brandt

Emily is a Wisconsin native who has lived in the Dallas area for most of her life. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas and has worked for various nonprofits and government institutions throughout her career, the highlight of which was two and a half years spent in Noyemberyan, Armenia working as a Community Development Specialist. She lives in Denton with her husband and daughter.

Armine Poghosyan

Armine was born in Armenia and spent her life in the capital city of her country, Yerevan. There she got her undergraduate degree in Mathematical Methods and Modeling in Economics from the Armenian State University of Economics (ASUE). After completing her undergraduate degree, Armine obtained admission in the Master's program in two different universities in Armenia. She spent the next year studying International Economic Relations at ASUE and Agribusiness and Marketing at Agribusiness Teaching Center. Both of the institutions are the best in their field. While pursuing her Master's degree, she was lucky to travel to Berlin, Germany to do volunteering in the sphere of Agriculture and get involved with their educational system, cultural differences, and outdoor activities. This experience allowed her to be involved in a global program, to understand the trend and issues people face in different countries. After finishing a year of the Master's program in Armenia, Armine obtained admission in the Master's program in Agricultural Sciences at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Being a first-year graduate student, she was fortunate to travel to the Ukraine in the scope of the study abroad program where her knowledge of Russian helped her to communicate with Ukrainians and learn more about their social and cultural values. This was an incredible experience. Throughout her education, Armine gathers experience from different institutions; she was able to learn from various teaching styles and methods all over the globe. Currently, she is seeking full-time and part-time jobs that will allow her to use her knowledge in the field.

Armine is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian.