SOAR-New Orleans

New Orleans became part of the SOAR family in July 2014. While New Orleans, unlike most of SOAR's Chapters, has a relatively small Armenian population, their local Board of Directors brings a heartfelt level of enthusiasm that epitomizes our mission and expectations.

The New Orleans Chapter participates in both the SOAR Mentoring and Language Tutoring Programs.

SOAR-New Orleans oversees the Professional Orientation Program

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Board of Directors:

Norair Vartanian

Norair came to the United States in 2008 upon receiving a scholarship from The Conoco Phillips Company and the Iraqi Ministry of Oil. Norair graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is currently working with an engineering company in Three Rivers, TX. As a college student, Norair held executive positions in a number of student organizations and was involved in several fundraising events on the A&M campus.

Karine Makaryan

Karine was born in Armenia and lived there most of her life. She moved to Slidell, Louisiana in 2010 with her husband and two children. Karine worked for the banking industry in Armenia for ten years and is now working as a tax accountant and pursuing her certification as a public accountant (CPA).

Karine's passion is travelling as she is very curious and loves to explore and discover new things. Her moto is “Nothing is impossible"; the word itself saying, "I’m possible”. She misses Armenia very much and her heritage is very important to her. Karine happy to have an opportunity to give back to her country and to remain a part of it through joining SOAR.

Tigran Tshorokhyan

Tigran was born in Armenia and moved to the US in 2010 with his wife and two children, settling in Slidell, Louisiana. He ia an IT specialist and has worked with different companies both in Armenia and in the US. Currently, Tigran is working as a manager at AT&T.

Tigran's main interests are high technologies and anything pertaining to it. He also loves building and constructing things from scratch. His moto is “Quality in everything”. Keeping his heritage alive is very important to Tigran, and working with SOAR will help him to feel a part of his beloved Armenia.