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.

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Board of Directors:

Nvard Khachatrian

Nvard Khachatrian was born in Yerevan, Armenia and relocated to Toronto in 1990. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in International Relations and History. During her time at the University, she was the president of the Armenian Students Association and worked at Human Rights Watch. After receiving her J.D. from the California Western School of Law, she established her practice in La Jolla, CA. She has spearheaded a number of charitable endeavors in Armenia focusing on orphaned children and underprivileged families, and is delighted to be a part of SOAR.

Father Armenag Bedrossian

Father Armenag Bedrossian was born in Kameshli, Syria.He received his elementary and secondary education in Hasaki City, Syria. In 1989 he completed 3 years of law degree studies in Aleppo University. In 1993 he entered Saint Paul University in Harrisa, Lebanon and completed hisstudies in philosophy and religion. He was ordained and became the lead parish pastor in Holy Family Church in Hasaki. He was appointed by his Excellency, the Archbishop of the Armenian Catholic church of USA and Canada, the lead clergy position in St. Marks Armenian Catholic Church, Philadelphia where he lead a very successful and important role with the Armenian Catholic church and its community. In May of 2010 he was appointed as pastor assistant in St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Church, Glendale, California. In September 2012 he was appointed as pastor in Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (First Armenian Catholic Church in CA) beside his position as pastor in Los Angeles father leads the Armenian Catholic missions in San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco. He has been one of the strong supporters of SOAR in Philadelphia where he has worked since its inception, with unequivocal compassion for the Armenian orphans.

Arveg Hanna

Arveg is currently attending California State University San Marcos, studying for a Bachelors in Human Development. She is also a Sunday school teacher and is in her third year teaching at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Church. Arveg loves being a part of church events and helping out because she knows that her beliefs and her faith will always help her to get through the tough times.

Cherine Kalfayan

Cherine Kalfayan is a student of Valhalla high school. She is actively involved in her community as president of Youth for Truth, which is a student organization bringing prayer in students' lives. She is also an eighth catechism teacher at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral. Cherine is eager to expand her influence within her community on a larger scale and make a global difference.

Suzanne Laow

Suzanne is a cosmetologist and lives in San Diego. Her passion for hair has taught her to always try and make people feel their very best. She is one of the group leaders for St Marks Catholic Church youth group. Suzanne's faith in God has grown to be very strong over the past few years so she is always looking to be as involved as possible with the Church.

Anthony Tazbaz

Anthony is a Tax Associate at AKT LLP, a west coast regional firm of advisors, independent CPA's and business consultants. Anthony is currently in pursuit of getting his CPA license. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a Business Degree in Accounting in 2012. Anthony was born and raised in San Diego, CA and has been actively involved in the Armenian Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic Church. He is very pleased and honored to be able to work with the chapter to increase awareness and improve the lives of young Armenian orphaned children.