SOAR - Las Vegas Chapter
SOAR-Las Vegas became part of the SOAR family in April 2013. In 1994, a group of Armenian Orthodox Christians – some of whom had moved to the Las Vegas Valley from Southern California after the Northridge earthquake – began meeting in one of the congregant’s homes for services. In 1998, when the Orthodox Armenian community in Las Vegas consisted of only 30 to 40 families, the congregants officially established a parish. As their ranks grew and years passed, they were a nomadic congregation, renting different churches in which to conduct their services through the years. In April 2013, the congregation, which now counts more than 100 families, celebrated the consecration of its own church, St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church. The Las Vegas Board of Directors epitomizes their geographic region: young, enthusiastic, talented, and determined.
Board of Directors:
Ani is a native of Armenia where she graduated the Yerevan State University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and is fluent in Armenian, Russian, and English. She moved to Las Vegas in 2004 to continue her education and received her Associate’s Degree in Hotel Management from the College of Southern Nevada. Ani’s operations and management experience includes Front Desk, Guest Services, and Housekeeping and is currently the Learning and Development Manager for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In her current role she supports the organization’s learning initiatives from executive leadership development to employee onboarding and engagement. She is extremely passionate about God, her family and giving back to Las Vegas Community through volunteering.
Armena Mnatsakanyan has held the position of Executive Director of Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN) since 2008 where she has worked to expand nutrition, social, homeless prevention, employment and wraparound case management services to the community. Under her leadership, LSSN supported Southern Nevada’s community with over three million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food, nutrition education, homeless prevention, rapid re-housing & employment support to over 72,500 people.
She has over 23 years of nonprofit management experience, including her role as Director of Operations and Development with Mission Armenia nonprofit organization located in Yerevan, Armenia. She has extensive experience in securing, administering, monitoring and reporting on local and international nutrition and community social-health care programs. She directly managed all the programs of LSSN, including Lutheran Social Services of Nevada client-choice supermarket style food pantry since 2008. She managed international, UN and USAID-funded emergency food distribution programs in Armenia. She also managed 28 soup kitchens and senior community centers in different regions (states) of Armenia from 2000-2003.
Mrs. Mnatsakanyan is a native of Armenia where she graduated with honors from Yerevan State University and received her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Delaware. Mrs. Mnatsakanyan is fluent in Armenian, Russian and English. She is the author of two children’s books and numerous articles, poems and novels, and a translator of four books. Armena has a unique combination of social service administration knowledge, passion and hands-on experience working with people who have been marginalized through the struggles and tragedies of life. Her life experiences, coming of age in her native nation during the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in 1988 and in the shadow of the demise of the former Soviet Union, shaped her character to be a woman of compassion, vision and action.
Maria was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to California at the age of nine. She recently moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, California. Maria obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from California State University of Los Angeles. Currently, Maria works for a non-profit free clinic, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) as Volunteer Coordinator where she is in charge of scheduling over four hundred volunteers and overseeing the volunteers in action. When she is not working, Maria volunteers her time to help rescue stray animals, serve and deliver food to those in need, and is a foster parent with her husband, Mike Aharonian. Maria’s mission in life is to help those in need and she’s dedicated her whole life around that mission.
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