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:
Ms. Inessa Shahinyan is a native of beautiful Armenia. She has been living in the United States for 16 years, 14 of which were spent here in Las Vegas. During these years Ms. Shahinyan has gained a great deal of knowledge about Las Vegas real estate market, which allows her to provide reliable and detailed advice to her clients.
Ms. Shahinyan has been a full-time real estate Broker for over 12 years. Prior to that she excelled at several things. Her incredible creativity allowed her to rise to the position of a head designer for the MGM Corporation. She has served as a Vice President for local design house Lana Fuchs Couture. She has also operated a successful small business. Her career in real estate began in financing; she worked as a loan officer for Countrywide Home Loans. However, only when Ms. Shahinyan became an agent has she discovered her true passion. Her multifaceted background allows her to bring personal touches to every transaction she handles. Her finance experience helps her come up with creative financing options for her clients. Her business experience and customer-oriented approach make her go far beyond what is normally expected of a real estate agent. This can be attested by many of her clients, who became long-time friends.
During her career Ms. Shahinyan has closed hundreds of transactions, everything from first time purchases to multi-unit investment properties. No matter what the individual client's situation may be, she always gives her best effort to overcome challenges and leave her clients 100% satisfied with the outcome.
Ms. Shahinyan is fluent in English, Armenian and Russian. She is well known and is deeply involved in Armenian and Russian communities in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Through her many members of these communities have been able to fulfill their dreams of home ownership. Her reward is numerous repeat customers and countless referrals.
Although her free time is always at a premium, Ms. Shahinyan looks for opportunities to be involved in local charities and volunteers at local hospitals. Her ultimate dream is to open or support an orphanage in her native Armenia.
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.
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.
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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