SOAR - Portland (OR) Chapter
Portland became part of the SOAR family in August 2013, joining SOAR-Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Meeting an Armenian in Portland is not a common occurrence, with approximately 300 Armenians families residing in and around the city. Most Armenians in Portland are second, third and fourth generation Armenian-Americans, while others come from Armenia and various other countries
of the Armenian Diaspora.
Board of Directors:
Alex S. Youssefian
Alex grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended the Catlin Gabel School, preschool through 12th grade. His mother and father immigrated to the United States from Tehran, Iran, by way of London, England and Mexico City, Mexico. As a child Alex enjoyed playing soccer, skiing, and exploring the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. He also spent time helping his community whenever possible, and gave a great deal of time volunteering at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center in the Emergency Room as well as the Cardiac Ward.
Alex attended the American University in Washington, DC and earned a BA in Justice, Law, and Society. In addition to learning about and exploring DC, Alex had the opportunity to work in several after school programs through AmeriCorps. After graduating, Alex remained in Washington and began working for CoStar Group as a research analyst. After spending the greater part of a decade in Washington, DC, Alex decided to return to the Northwest and got a job with Fisher Investments in Vancouver and Camas, Washington. He worked at Fisher Investments for over 5 years and held several roles during that time.
Currently, Alex is working at Northwestern Mutual in downtown Portland as the Director of Recruitment and Selection.
Born and raised as a farm girl in Fresno California, Janice Caprelian can attribute much of her business acumen to the formative years living and working on her parent's ranch and doing all manner of agricultural work, including Table-Grape and Raisin harvests and the raising, showing, and auctioning of chickens and turkeys. Janice's life on the farm was balanced with the other very important influence in her life, including the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church of Fresno. Like her parents, Janice became active as a child in the Church, both in the Sunday School and Youth Group. She became the Youth Group President, and then after college, the Youth Group Leader. Janice also taught in Sunday School and sang in the Church Choir. Her service to the Church did not go unnoticed by the former Prelate, Archbishop Datev Sarkissian, who selected and officiated over Janice's ordination as a Scripture Reader.
The business skills learned on the farm and social skills developed at the Church inspired and motivated Janice to study business in college, resulting in a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (with focus in marketing) from California State University, Fresno and then an MBA (again with focus in marketing) from National University. Owing to her love and appreciation of Armenian culture, Janice also took a minor in Armenian Studies at Fresno State. She also served as the President of the Armenian Student’s Organization and led, along with others, a group to lobby in Washington D.C. for recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Janice's Business Degrees have served her well as a Hospital Surgical Anesthesia Sales Representative for the Pacific Northwest working for Merck & Co. This was a promotional jump for Janice from her previous work with Merck in Los Angeles, also as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative. Sales and marketing have in recent years added another dimension to Janice’s career in the world of film and entertainment. Tying back to her days at the Church in Fresno, Janice has assumed Executive Producer responsibilities on three feature length films. Although certainly different than hospital sales, film production is yet another way for Janice to involve herself in sales and marketing, a satisfying career vocation for her these many years.
Andy was raised in the Pacific Northwest for the first nineteen years of his life before moving to Armenia for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While there, he grew to appreciate and love the the people for their generous hospitality, clever resourcefulness, and unwavering spirit. While in Armenia, he lived in Alaverdi, Ashtarak, Yerevan, Gyumri, and Ararat. Andy is currently finishing up his degree to become a doctor of optometry from Pacific University in Oregon.