SOAR - Seattle Chapter

Seattle became part of the SOAR family in February 2011, representing SOAR's first foray into the Pacific Northwest. SOAR-Seattle brings together a group of young and experienced volunteers with a special place in their hearts for orphaned children. The Armenian community in Seattle is relatively small, but galvanized by the Armenian Church and the Armenian Cultural Association of Washington (ACAW). Located in Redmond, the Holy Resurrection Armenian Apostolic Church of Seattle was established in November 1981, with Rev. Fr. Yeghia Isayan named the permanent priest in June 2003. The ACAW is a non-profit organization whose objective is to preserve and perpetuate the Armenian culture and heritage in all aspects of life through the enhancement of its language, art, music, literature, dance and theater in the greater Seattle area.

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Board of Directors:

Angelina Petrosyan

Angelina graduated from University of Washington with a BA in Communication. In May 2015, Angelina will be receiving a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law where is she a full time student. Angelina is very passionate about helping Armenian families and children in need and is extremely excited about being a part of SOAR.

Gayane Aghazarian

Gayane was born and raised in Tehran, Iran where she studied Architecture Engineering at IUST. Later, she moved to Seattle in 2011 and earned her Master’s degree in Construction Management at the University of Washington. Gayane is a Project Estimator at one of the largest general contractors in the US. Leading the use of advanced design and construction software, her work results in higher quality buildings with lower completion time and cost.

Gayane fell in love with the Northwest nature soon after moving to Seattle. It reminds her of Armenia’s beautiful mountains and forests that she visited in the past. Hiking and kayaking have become her main outdoor activities. She is also a passionate dancer of many Latin dances and West Coast Swing, as well as Armenian dances.

Gayane attributes her success to a great degree to her family, mentors, and others involved in her education. She believes that every child can thrive in such a supportive environment. She is very excited to join SOAR and contribute to the development of Armenian children.

Betty AlajajianBetty Alajajian

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James BoyerJames Boyer

James Boyer comes to SOAR from the Holocaust Center for Humanity, where he worked with genocide survivors and their descendants to help tell their stories. He graduated with a BA in Biology and a minor in History from Seattle University, where his research focused on survivors and the impact of the Armenian Genocide on Armenian national identity and nation building.

His other nonprofit work includes sexual assault prevention training for service industry workers and tutoring bilingual students, for which he is nominated for the Highline Foundation’s 2018 Gold Star award.

Andy Kyle

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.