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SOAR - Orange County Chapter

orangecounty@soar-us.org


The Orange County (OC) Chapter joined the SOAR family in August 2013. About 40 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, OC is a rapidly growing metropolis. Given its fairly close proximity to Glendale (about 50 miles) and strong job market, many Armenians have moved to OC over the last decade. Compared to other neighborhoods in California, OC is fairly nascent in terms of its Armenian population. The earliest record of a count of the Armenian population of the area is from the Board of Trustees of the OC Armenians in 1973. The group identified 150 local residents as Armenian and soon set out to build the community's first Armenian Church. Today, the largest population of Armenians can be found in northern and central OC, specifically in the cities of Newport Beach, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, and Irvine.


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Board of Directors:



Tenny Amin
President

Born in Tehran, Iran and raised in Southern California, Tenny Amin is a Partner in the law firm The Amin Law Group, Ltd. which she established with her husband in 2005.

In 2000, Tenny graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, earning a double major Bachelor of Arts in the disciplines of Political Science and Criminology, Law and Society. In 2003, she earned a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law. During her tenure at Pepperdine, Tenny served on the Moot Court Team for two years and participated in several Honors Appellate Advocacy Tournaments.

Tenny focuses her practice on General Business Litigation, including Real Estate and Insurance Coverage Litigation, as well as Labor and Employment matters. She also heads the firm’s Family Law practice.

As a mother herself, Tenny knows how important it is for children to be in a safe and healthy environment and is very passionate about helping children through SOAR.



Silva Benlian
Co-Vice President

Originally born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Silva moved to the US at the age of 14 with both of her parents and her brother and sister. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a BA in Business and Communications. Silva was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pangea Organics, and prior to that she worked for Arbonne International as their National Director where she lead efforts of opening new International Markets.

She has been very fortunate to have had an incredible career working in the Beauty and Health/Wellness industry for over 20 years for Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Silva left her corporate career in Executive Management behind to build her own business helping others get healthy and improve their lives.

She is very passionate about helping others and now she would like to channel that passion by helping Armenian orphans through SOAR.



Christine Sarkisian
Co-Vice President

Born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, Christine has been a long time member and advocate for SOAR Orange County. An avid businesswoman and entrepreneur, Christine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from California State University Long Beach before embarking on a career in corporate housing. Christine has spent the last 17 years managing her highly successful investment company in the Orange County area.

Christine and her husband John and their children currently live in Laguna Beach where they enjoy traveling, art, culture, and athletics. As a devoted mother herself, Christine realizes the importance of helping children thrive and succeed.



Maggie Attashian
Treasurer

Maggie Attashian was born and raised in Reno, NV. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors in journalism, emphasis in broadcast and public relations and minored in business administration. During college she was in Delta Gamma and was Director of Social and Special Events for 2 years. After graduation she moved to Marina del Rey, CA for two years and in 2013 she made the move down to Orange County where she now lives in Irvine. Maggie went back to school in 2016 for her Certificate in project management from UCI. Some of my hobbies include working out at Barry's Bootcamp, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.





Jacquleen Alagozian
Secretary

Jacquleen Alagozian is a marketing professional with a background in sales, public relations and event planning. Upon graduation from Whittier College in 2006, Jacquleen joined KABC-TV, Los Angeles, where she spent the next six years working side by side with the number one sales team in local commercial advertising in prime programming; gaining invaluable experience and a solid foundation in marketing and sales. Prior to joining Sabal Capital where she currently manages the company’s marketing efforts, Jacquleen coordinated membership for the Orange County Bar Association where she also succeeded in guiding the launch of their 2016 media kit and sales outreach for Orange County Lawyer magazine. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jacquleen moved to Huntington Beach six years ago and enjoys everything the OC has to offer, taking bike rides to the beach in her spare time. She has been involved in many charity organizations including Soroptimist International of Montebello, Junior League of Orange County, and Children’s Bureau, among others where she has chaired committees and helped execute events to raise proceeds and awareness.



Marlin Agoub

Marlin was born in Kuwait, then raised in Orange County since she was 3 years old.

She granduated from University of Califronia, Irvine in 2013 with a major in Political Science. At UCI, she was a peer educator for the Campus Assualt Resources and Education Center, as well as a photographer for the campus newspaper, yearbook, and athletics department. Continuing her interest in photography, she does freelance for various events, sports games and lifestyle portraits.

Marlin completed her Paralegal Studies certificate at UCI Extension in 2015 and currently works as an assistant at Snell & Wilmer law firm in Costa Mesa.





Raffi Aslanian, MD

Rafi Aslanian, originally Syrian/Greek, is a medical doctor, an advocate of holistic wellbeing and a research entrepreneur in the prevention of chronic and intractable diseases. After finishing his medical studies, he incorporated his company in India by amalgamating knowledge gained from medical studies and wisdom gained from international trading. He soon became a brand in healthy food business in India.

Later, Dr. Aslanian proving himself and his decision to pursue a career as an entrepreneur, he expanded the company by opening many new ventures.

Capturing India’s culinary market, Dr. Aslanian in 1996 opened his signature brand Raffi's Mosaic Culinary Art. "Where Health Food is elevated to an Art” for training chefs of five star hotels, combining delicacies from the Middle East with perfect touches from East and West.

In 2012, Dr. Aslanian moved to the United States from India to reunite with his family.

Currently Dr Aslanian, is a freelance life and leadership coach and works in a rehabilitation center in Newport Beach as dietary chief.

He believes in empowering people especially children one person at a time.



Alex Tashjian

Alex was born in Pasadena, California then raised in Orange County since he was 4 years old.

He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2015 with a major in Business Economics. While attending, he actively participated with the Armenian Student Association and was involved in their various outreach events within the local Armenian Community. Within a few years, he hopes to go back to school to earn his MBA.

Alex worked at Apple for nearly 4 years as a Technical Specialist where he helped solve complex device-related problems. Recently, he has switched careers and currently works as a Credit Analyst for a Financial Technology startup called Happy Money.

Outside of his professional life, he loves to spend time with his family and especially his nephews and niece. As an Uncle, he knows the value of properly raising today’s children and hopes to do so through SOAR.