SOAR - San Diego Chapter
San Diego joined the SOAR family in March 2013. SOAR-San Diego continues our expansion in the West and is our fourth Chapter in California. San Diego has a large and diverse Armenian population, and we are pleased to welcome a young and enthusiastic Board of Directors.
Board of Directors:
Christina Mnatzaganian, PharmD, BCACP
Christina is a member of the faculty at the University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she teaches student pharmacists, conducts educational and clinical research, and serves as Director for the Community Pharmacy Residency Program. Additionally, she is a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist specializing in chronic disease management including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation, and polypharmacy. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and is a Wildcat at heart having completed both her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of Arizona. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, learning new languages, reading, and spending time with her husband and small dog. She is very excited to be a part of SOAR!
Rebecca Kandilian, PharmD, BCPS
Rebecca currently works as a drug education coordinator at Kaiser Permanente San Diego where she oversees the drug use management team and is responsible for planning and coordination of the San Diego Service Area drug education program for physicians, pharmacists and other medical personnel. This includes strategy, analysis and implementation of drug cost containment programs and formulary initiatives, oversight of drug manufacturer marketing practices and supervisory duties. Rebecca was born in Aleppo, Syria and moved to the US when she was 13 years old. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Southern California and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UC San Diego. She completed two additional years of post-graduate training concentrating on advanced data management, population health management, pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes. Rebecca is an avid reader and loves spending time in the great outdoors often hiking and camping in the company of her friends and family. A former swimmer and water polo player, she now spends most of her weekends cycling long distances. Growing up, her mother played a key role in the activities of the Armenian Relief Society in Aleppo Syria including its orphanage and is excited to give back to the Armenian community through SOAR.
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Director of Media
Christina was raised in a loving Armenian household by her mother, grandmother and grandfather in San Diego, CA. It was instilled in her at a young age, to give and to support, is far greater than to receive. With that being said, it seemed as though everyday would include a helpful gesture to the Armenian church community, her hometown, children across the world, homeless and even the animals around us; not one crumb of bread would ever be wasted. An entrepreneur at heart, having a hand in two successful businesses here in San Diego, Christina has entered the corporate world, currently working at a mortgage hedge fund. She continues to be invested in the here and now impact we can have on each others lives. Everyday, everyone is capable of making a positive impact, is her go to. A helpful hand or as simple as a smile can create a ripple effect in the world around you and turn into a magical wave of appreciation and gratitude, for all involved. Christina spends her free time with her two wonderful children, Niko and Sofia, who both take part in Scouts. On the weekends, they all enjoy hiking, reading, brunching, volunteering their time to Feed America as well as their local garden.
Dany O Kitishian
Having been a key figure in SoCal's entrepreneur hemisphere for over a decade, Mr. Kitishian has paved the way for numerous entrepreneurs to achieve their success. He has previously worked on building incubators in San Diego, bridging financing from the Bay Area to SoCal, and, meanwhile, assisted several non-profits in their fundraising efforts. Currently, he has moved his focus to connect entrepreneurs to financing in the international arena. New areas of interest for his firm, Kitishian LLC, are in the areas of the new space economy and perpetual energy (the future of always energy). Mr. Kitishian serves on several boards and committees and enjoys spending his spare time learning languages.
Emilia Arutunian has a Bachelor’s of Political Science, Russian and Interdisciplinary Science from San Diego State University. In 2015, she earned a Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law and was bar-certified to practice law in the state of California. She is a practicing attorney in San Diego, California. Emilia is also an active committee member on the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, working to advance the rule of law, human rights, and economic opportunity in Armenia.
Vlad was raised on the East Coast, but has lived in San Diego, CA for over 10 years. He is proficient in Russian language, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree as well as a B.S. in Finance. Vlad’s professional background is rooted in business development with a sustained track record of spearheading strategic growth and execution management. His primary focus is developing methods that maximize effectiveness of an organization's sales, partnerships and marketing efforts with an ability to develop a vision, achieve consensus and deliver results in a wide variety of corporate settings. He is currently serving as a VP of Business Development for a data analytics and technology firm.
Diana Mirzoian, Pharm.D., CDE is a Clinical Pharmacist. She completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA in Biological Sciences and her Pharm.D. degree at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceiutical Siences, UCSD. She has been practicing as a clinical pharmacist at Heritage Provider Network, a network of medical groups that provide affordable quality care to its members. Initially, she practiced medication therapy management/disease management at High Desert Medical Group and currently, at Regal Medical Group for ACO (Accountable Care Organization) team. Dr. Mirzoian has extenxive experience working with patients that have chronic disease states such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Ashtma/COPD, and others.