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.
Board of Directors:
Nanneh Chehras is an Economist and Data Scientist at Amazon. She grew up in Los Angeles where she completed her BA from UCLA in Economics with a minor in Mathematics, followed by an MA and PhD in Economics at UC Irvine. She has a history of Armenian non-profit activism in Los Angeles, where she volunteered with ANCA-Burbank and has a lifelong love for dance. Nanneh participated in several Armenian dance groups and was most recently a member of a contemporary dance company while in graduate school. Nanneh moved to Seattle after graduate school to pursue a career in Tech and joined SOAR-Seattle in 2019. She is thankful for the opportunities allotted to her in life and is excited to give back and promote the well-being of Armenia’s orphaned children.
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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.
Raised in Southern California, Michele graduated cum laude from Chapman University's Film and Business schools. Her creative journey - born from a love of storytelling - has led her to work with renowned companies such as Monster Energy, Rakuten.com, Norwegian Cruiselines, The Ritz-Carlton, and NBC / Universal. Michele has managed B2B and B2C projects and events within digital, media and content marketing. She has contributed as a writer and celebrity photographer and is a published Author of the children's travel book series “Wherever We May Go.” Michele loves to travel, hike, camp, snowboard and spend time with family and friends.
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.
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.