SOAR - Sacramento Chapter

Sacramento became part of the SOAR family in November 2013. The first Armenians who settled in Sacramento came from Fresno in 1919. They were Mr. and Mrs. Arshag Sarkisian and family. In January 1929, a group of women organized the Ladies’ Aid Society of the Armenian Apostolic Church. One year later, Bishop Karekin Khachaturian, the first Primate of the Armenian Churches in California, visited Sacramento and celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Episcopal Church. On May 10, 1953, the consecration of St. James Armenian Church in Sacramento took place. This gave Armenians a permanent spiritual and social center in the capital of California.

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Board of Directors:

Nanor ShahinNanor Shahin

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Anita Carapiet

Anita Carapiet, a middle school teacher, has been teaching in the Sacramento School District for 16 years. She teaches basic computer classes, yearbook, and video production. She was born in London, England, but has spent the majority of her life in the Northern California area. In 2002 she ventured to Armenia and adopted 5 month old Emma. Emma in now 8 years old and a beautiful young lady who loves the outdoors like her mama.

Lily Lapayan

Lilit Lily Lapayan was born in Shahumian Armenia and raised in Sacramento. Lily has been working for Bank of America since 2003. In 2008, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and is currently perusing her Masters Degree in Human Resources. Lily is a wife and a mother of two beautiful girls, Isabelle and Jenna. Lily is passionate about making a difference in a child's life.

Araxia ManukyanAraxia Manukyan

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Arlen SoghomoniansArlen Soghomonians

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