SOAR-Houston became part of the SOAR family in April 2014. The modern history of Armenians in Houston dates back approximately 50 years, when the Armenian Women Organization of Houston was founded in 1957. St. Kevork Armenian Church has been a bedrock of the Armenian community in Houston since then, galvanizing local Armenians with Sunday services and community events.
Board of Directors:
Dr. Ara Karamanian
Ara has served the Armenian community in both the US and Armenia. During various stages of his life, Ara helped organize and run mission parishes in Erie, PA and Charlotte, NC. He previously volunteered significantly with the St. Peter Armenian Church in Glendale, CA. He spent one year studying at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. He has performed a variety of service projects including creating a library at the Zadig Orphanage in Yerevan and creating www.ArmenianChurchLibrary.com. Ara is a board certified radiologist and an interventional radiologist specializing in prostate cancer (www.ProstateLaserCenter.com).
Armen Merjanian is a trial lawyer who helps people, not the powerful. Based out of the Houston area, his practice focuses primarily on criminal defense. Armen was born in Montreal, Canada, and attended an AGBU school until age 10. He subsequently moved to Florida and received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Florida. He taught high school mathematics for four years before moving to Houston to earn his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.
Kristine was born on 1981 in Yerevan Armenia. She graduated from Yerevan State Medical University with her Master 's Degree in Pharmacy Science (Evaluated Bachelor's Degree in USA ) in 2003. Kristine worked in the same University as a Pharmaceutical Chemistry teacher while also working in the Scientific Center of Drug and Medical Technologies Expertise (SCDMTE) as a pharmacist-expert until 2007. She moved to the United States on 2007and started her career at Houston Community College as a Chemistry teacher assistant until February 2011. Kristine studied on her own and received her Pharmacy Technician License in Texas in 2011 and worked at CVS pharmacy as an Inventory Specialist from March 2011 to April 2014. Currently Kristine owns and operates ComfortableZ INC with her husband. She is married and has 3 adorable children, 2 boys and 1 girl!
Vardan is a law student from Armenia, where he has already obtained his first degrees in law. Vardan moved to the United States in 2010, and two years later, he received an LL.M degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Afterwards, Vardan spent a year in Armenia, where he worked as a lawyer in a Yerevan-based law firm and volunteered for the Armenian Representative Office of the American Bar Association. Currently, Vardan is pursuing a J.D. degree at the University of Houston Law Center.
Lilit was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1984, where she lived until 1993. Her family moved to Moscow, Russia, and subsequently to Houston, TX in 1996. She graduated from Rice University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, and attended the University of Texas Houston medical school, where she also did her Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowships. She is now completing a fellowship in Sleep Medicine. Lilit lives in Houston with her husband, Daniel, and their three sons, Gabriel, Samuel and Thomas.