SOAR - New Jersey Chapter
2160 North Central Road,
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Originally part of SOAR's New York-New Jersey Chapter that was formed in 2009, New Jersey branched out in April 2013. Home to 7 Armenian churches and one Armenian school in the Central and Northern parts of the state, New Jersey has more than 15,000 Armenians state-wide.
Board of Directors:
Dr. Armine Lulejian
Dr. Armine Lulejian received her doctorate in education (EdD) in health education from Columbia University Teachers College. She also holds MS in health education (Columbia University), MPH in epidemiology (UCLA) and completed her undergraduate studies in Psychobiology with a minor in Near Eastern Studies at UCLA. Dr. Lulejian is a certified health education specialist (CHES) and emergency care technician.
She has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, including over 17 years of experience in teaching, research and administration in health services. Currently, Dr. Lulejian is the coordinator for the Healthcare Administration program at Kean University. Previously, Dr. Lulejian was at NYU School of Medicine, New York City Department of Health, West Los Angeles Veterans Administration and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Dr. Lulejian has taught many courses in health services at many different levels at CUNY Graduate Center, NYU School of Medicine, NYU Global Institute of Public Health, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, among others. Dr. Lulejian’s research interests include health services and public health. She is also working on a study examining perceptions of Ebola in social media. She has presented at numerous national conferences and authored publications at peer-reviewed journals.
Born in Armenia, Armine came to the United States when she was about 14 years old and grew up in Los Angeles. A New York City transplant from the west coast, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband, son and dog. She is a first generation college graduate, an immigrant to this country and speaks Armenian (her native tongue) fluently.
Dr. Lulejian is passionate about children and, specifically SOAR. She is excited to be part of SOAR NJ and help better lives of orphaned children in Armenia.
Alice A. Hallajian
National Director of SOAR-Juniors
Alice A. Hallajian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University in Communication Studies with a minor in English and Pre-Law Studies. She has worked with KPMG LLP for over 21 years and holds the position of Associate Director, US Global Mobility overseeing Expatriate Management for the Tax and Advisory Services practices for the firm. Alice previously contributed her time on the Board of Directors for the REED Academy, a school for children with Autism and is also an active member of the St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Livingston, NJ. She is eager to work with SOAR to meet their goals while making a positive impact on the lives of Armenian orphans. Alice currently resides in Randolph, NJ with her husband and two children.
Paula is blessed to have a big close-knit family with whom she enjoys spending her time. She worked as a Senior Account Executive in various insurance fields before finding her passion in Real Estate. She is Realtor in NJ and NY, also founder of Natalya Liana Designs.
Having lost her own father at a young age, she relates with great empathy and compassion towards the children she seeks to help. In addition she loves to be around children so this organization and her role is a natural fit. She has been a sponsor of World Vision for as long as she can remember. The lives of children have always been important to her. She says “ To lose or to be abandoned by a parent/s at any age is difficult, much more so when you are a child. May we see all our children thrive and grow in every way; they are our future. Psalm 82 - Defend the poor and fatherless, do justice to the afflicted and needy."
April Boghossian is a wife, mother of two young boys, and a registered nurse (RN). She has been involved in many community and international organization including the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children in Grenada, Contractors for Kids in Long Island, NY, as well as Hovnanian School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Executive Committee. April is excited to be part of SOAR as she enjoys being involved in organizations that have a positive impact on children.
Michelle Nahabedian earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development from The Lynch School of Education at Boston College with a minor in Studio Art. In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree of Arts in Applied Development and Educational Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Boston College.
Michelle was born in New Jersey and has lived in South Africa, Boston, California, and New York City. She moved back to her home State of New Jersey where she and her husband Sebouh live with their children, Alec and Ana. Being a proud Armenian, Michelle has been a committee member for various Armenian organizations.
Having studied Developmental Psychology and taught kindergarten at The Trinity School in New York City, the mother of two knows how crucial it is for young children to grow up in a safe and healthy environment. Michelle hopes that her efforts through SOAR New Jersey will positively impact the life and future of Armenian orphaned children throughout the world.
After graduating with a B.S. in Communication from Boston University, Talene moved to NYC launching her career in advertising. Talene has worked in various aspects of advertising and has since 2010 specialized in the digital media industry. During the spring/summer of 2014 Talene participated in the Birthright Armenia program. Her time in Armenia was divided between Yerevan and Gyumri where she volunteered for various organizations. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, pilates, traveling, live music, cooking and reading.
Ani Ohanessian White
Ani earned her undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. She continued her education at John Jay College of Criminal Justice earning a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice specializing in Deviant Behavior and Investigative Techniques. Ani has been employed with the US federal government as a senior level employee for the past 16 years. Ani is an alumnus of Hovnanian School in New Milford, NJ, and a long-time volunteer with the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF). She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.