PO BOX 7582
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359
Ventura County became part of the SOAR family in May 2014. Located on California’s Pacific coast, Ventura County is part of the Greater Los Angeles area, extends from Santa Barbara to Malibu, and encompasses the Santa Maria, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains. With beautiful oak trees, vineyards, waterfalls, and nature trails leading to Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, the scenic drive up Ventura County’s stretch of Pacific Coast highway offers some of the best beaches and surf spots in the world. Today, nearly 140,000 Armenians call Ventura County home.
Board of Directors:
Kohar Mardiros Pelter, RN, M.N.
Grant and Corporate Funding Director
West Coast Regional Co-Director
Central and South America Regional Director
SOAR VC President
SOAR LA President Emeritus
Kohar earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the American University of Beirut and Masters in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has held Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator and Administrator positions at AUB MC, UCLA and Kaiser Permanente hospitals. She has also served as a consultant for several medical institutions for improvement of organizational effectiveness and outcomes management. She is actively involved in several Armenian causes, organizations and charity work. She is also a trustee of the Ararat Home Board of Trustees in Mission Hills, CA, helping the elderly residents and supporting the institution. She recently joined the Executive Board of the Cultural Impact Foundation, Inc.,” a nonprofit organization for Armenian Film Documentaries. She joined SOAR to honor the memory and continue the legacy of her late parents; Mardiros and Marie Mardirossian, in making a difference in the lives of children. SOAR mirrors her passion and dedication to help Armenian orphans around the world to have a better life and future. She lives in Southern California with her husband Mitch and daughter Megan.
Dr. Anait Alabyan
Born in Yerevan Armenia, Anait Alabyan migrated with her family to the United States in 1992 and settled in Los Angeles, California. After graduating High School she entered USC as a freshman and graduated with a bachelors of science in Biology and Art History. In 2004 she earned her Doctorate degree from USC School of Dentistry. Anait loves working with kids. As a student in dental school she has volunteered in different children's clinics, including Los Angeles Mission and Mobile Clinic, providing dental care to the needy. Currently she is practicing dentistry in Sherman Oaks, California. At "Give Kids a Smile" held every February Anait along with other dentists provide free screenings to school children in underprivileged areas. "As my own children are growing I want to set an example for them to get involved in volunteer work and connect with Armenia. SOAR is one of those organizations that allows me to help children of Armenia,"says Anait.
Grace Ketchijian was born in Jordan and moved to the USA at the age of three. She attended Holy Martyrs Elementary and Ferrahian High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Management Information Systems from Cal-State Northridge. She finished her education with a MBA emphasizing in Finance from Pepperdine University. She currently works for a Commercial Real Estate Company. She joined SOAR Ventura County Chapter to give back to the Armenian Community and help those in need.
Carolyn Kashian Knox
SOAR VC Junior Chapter Coordinator
Born and raised in Orange County, Carolyn graduated from Marina High School in Huntington Beach. After high school, Carolyn attended the University of California, San Diego and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Biology. She continued her education at San Diego State University graduating with a Master in Public Health. After over twenty-five years working in management within health care and the medical device industry, she is currently a Real Estate Agent serving Southern California and the Conejo Valley. Residing in Camarillo with her husband Montgomery and son Jake, Carolyn is committed to working with SOAR’s Ventura chapter so that she can help enhance the lives of Armenian children in need.
Junior Chapter Parent Volunteer
Lena Araradian was born and raised in Philadelphia. She attended Armenian Sisters Academy in Valley Forge. Lena spent over 10 years working for a Real estate law firm in Teaneck, New Jersey. Her and Sevak moved to California in June of 2016. She now works as a Relationship Manager at Ameriprise Financial.
She is passionate about the Armenian community and wants to make a difference with helping the orphans in Armenia. Lena lives in Montrose, California and has 2 children, Hrak (14) and Vania (6) Hrak is a member of the Junior Chapter.
Dr. Serena Bezdjian
Raised in Los Angeles, California, Serena graduated from Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School. After high school, Serena attended the University of Southern California where she double majored and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and psychology and subsequently earned her Ph.D. in psychology in 2008. During her graduate studies at USC, Serena also played an active role in the Armenian Graduate Students’ Association for several years and helped raise funds for various Armenian charities. Serena has published numerous studies in her field and currently works as a Research Psychologist/Independent Consultant. Serena currently resides in Agoura Hills with her husband, Vardges, and is very eager to join SOAR’s Ventura chapter so that she can help make a difference and have a positive impact in the lives of Armenian children.
Sita Demirjian was born in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated with her family to California before her first birthday. Graduating from Woodbury University with a BA in Architecture, Sita had dreams to design and build safe communities. After spending a summer in the favelas of Brazil, Sita studied the effects of poverty first-hand and witnessed the difficulties deprived children face on a daily basis. With the recent war displacing children in her native Syria and orphaned Armenian children around the world, Sita understands the hardships they face and supports SOAR and their efforts full heartedly. At the moment Sita works in the public sector as a fire engineering plan checker as well as pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. Giving back to the community in building and inspecting for safe buildings is a career, helping underprivileged children around the world feel safe, loved and supported is a pleasure.
Pic and Bio coming soon
Pic and Bio coming soon