SOAR - Detroit Chapter
Detroit became part of the SOAR family in July 2011. Detroit has a large and diverse Armenian population, with an Armenian school and multiple Armenian churches. Today, Detroit is one of the major centers of Armenian populations in America. The community, which was organized around 1909, is comprised mainly of Kharpertsies, Sepastatsies, and Yozghatsies.
SOAR-Detroit oversees all three components of the Volunteer Program.
Board of Directors:
Salpi Tachian is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She grew up in Los Angeles, California, and relocated to Michigan in 2000 with her husband and two children. Salpi received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is in private practice as a psychotherapist and Christian counselor. Salpi has been on several mission trips to Peru to assist in the restoration of the lives and faith of abandoned and at-risk children. She is fluent in Armenian, Spanish and English. She enjoys teaching small women’s Bible studies in both the Armenian and American communities of metro-Detroit. Salpi has also completed several triathlons as fundraising vehicles for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Salpi and her family are members of St. John Armenian Church and she also serves as a deacon at the Armenian Congregational Church.
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Galine currently works in the Quality Improvement department of Michigan’s largest Medicaid HMO. In 2014, she received a Master’s of Health Services Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. Galine is also a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications. At U of M, she served as the Vice President of the Armenian Students’ Cultural Association, organizing fundraising events for underprivileged schools and hospitals in Armenia. Originally born in Montreal, Galine grew up in Michigan and attended the AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School, where she met her future husband, Berj. She believes in the mission and vision of SOAR and supporting Armenians around the world.
Laura Gononian received her undergraduate degrees in history and music from Albion College. She has a Master’s Degree in Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies from Oakland University. Laura was the Director of Youth Ministry and Development at the Diocese of the Armenian Church in New York, Director of Development for the Armenia Tree Project in Boston and is currently a Relocation Specialist in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Laura was also the Program Director for the Armenia Tree Project and General Manager of AIM Magazine in Yerevan, where she lived for 7 years. Laura met her husband and married in the Monastery of Geghart in Armenia.
Edward Haic Korkoian is a 52-year member of St. John’s Armenian Church in Southfield, MI, having served on the Parish Council for 21 years as Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary and as a member of the Komitas Church choir. He is the past President of the Exchange Club and the Optimist, both in Royal Oak, MI. He is a member of the Royal Oak Historical Society and a past Grand Commander of the Knights of Vartan. He is currently chairing a memorial effort at the Church for the Sumgait and Baku Genocides in Azerbaijan. He and his wife, Yvonne, have been married for 47 years and have two children. He and his family own and manage the Edward Korkoian Funeral Home, Inc. in Royal Oak, MI.
Inna is currently a first year PhD student at Michigan State University. She is studying in the Sociology department. Her research interests include immigration, gender and sexuality, and health and medicine. Before entering her PhD program, Inna worked as an immigration paralegal in Detroit and Washington, DC.