SOAR - Fresno Chapter
SOAR-Fresno was launched in July 2011. With an Armenian population of approximately 30,000 people, Fresno has nine Armenian churches and dozens of Armenian institutions and organizations and is one of the best known self-contained Armenian communities in the United States.
SOAR-Fresno oversees the Global Hosting Program.
Board of Directors:
Lucy Erysian, a native of Armenia, was a founding member of the Swiss Armenian Youth Club "Aragast". She has considerable experience and training in grant writing and project management. She was successful in obtaining grants for orphanages in Armenia as well as for youth projects in Eastern Europe. Lucy has devoted the past twenty years to serving Armenia's orphans and deserving youth in numerous capacities. She has been instrumental in helping children from Armenia get medical treatment in Europe and the United States. In 1996, she became the representative of the Youth of Armenia at the United Nations 22nd World Youth Congress in Vienna, and developed an international conflict resolution program for youth. Lucy participated in the establishment of Habitat for Humanity in Armenia. In the US, she coordinates USAID projects collaborating with Armenia, Russia, Belarus and other countries. Lucy, who resides in Fresno, is married and the mother of two children.
Marina Harutyunyan is a freelancer specializing in development work for non-profits operating in the rural areas of Armenia. Marina has a Master’s Degree in International Security and Development from the University of Denver. She previously worked for UN, OSCE, and Heifer International. She also taught English for three years at Yerevan State Linguistic University in Armenia. For the past 6 years, Marina lived in Moscow, yet continued working with a non-profit to empower youth in the remote areas of Armenia.