SOAR - Washington, DC Metro Chapter

The Washington, DC Metro chapter became indexpart of the SOAR family in April 2008 and spans the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland. The Armenian community in Washington, DC. grew as the Federal Government assumed a larger role in domestic and international affairs. Particularly after the Second World War, the Armenian community in the Nation’s Capital and surrounding areas has grown steadily. Today, well over eight thousand Armenians live in the area and are engaged in diverse professional and academic activities.

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Board of Directors:

Juliya Grigoryan

Juliya Grigoryan is Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. She graduated with a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and received her B.A. in Government and International Relations from Centre College. Juliya serves as a chair for the Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship for the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, a non-profit that champions women’s professional development by providing scholarships for unpaid or underpaid positions in the D.C. area. Juliya is also co-chair of the Congressional Armenian Staff Association, which supports Armenian staff on the Hill by facilitating networking and learning opportunities. Juliya is a Birthright Armenia and an Armenian Volunteer Corps Alum. While in Armenia, Juliya worked with the Armenian Environmental Network and the Information and Public Relations Center of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Armenia.

Ani BerberianAni Berberian
Vice President

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Nunik Nishanian

Nunik Nishanian graduated with a Master’s Degree in Economics from Duke University in 2007, earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering & Systems Management from American University of Armenia and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Yerevan State University. She is a Research, Project Management and Organizational Development specialist with over ten years’ experience working for nonprofits, for profits and Research Institutions both in the U.S. and the developing countries in mid-to upper level management and consultancy positions. Nunik has significant experience in database analysis and forecast, project design and management, operational systems development, strategic planning and organizational change management.

Ellie Mueller
Creative Director

Ellie Mueller is a Graphic Designer for an in-house creative team at The Heritage Foundation, a non-profit academic think tank in Washington, D.C. She creates print and digital elements for the organization including logo design, booklets, promotional products, invitations, and event collateral. She has worked with local business like Surroundings, Candlelight Floral, and University of Minnesota Duluth's School of Fine Arts. Ellie's an advocate for adoption and aspires to build and produce engaging and impactful designs that promote and communicate missions she believes in. She is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Lilit Hakobyan

Lilit Hakobyan has worked as a Research Analyst in the Public Affairs team of EurekaFacts, a market research firm, where she utilized quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate the health status of diverse populations. Prior to that, she worked on qualitative research evaluation for Project Concern International, where she assessed the sustainability of microfinance approaches targeting women in Ethiopia. Lilit has interned at the National Institutes of Health, where she conducted community outreach and engaged in communication efforts, and Yale University, where she analyzed attitudes of providers and patients towards Opioid Agonist Therapy. Lilit is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health Practice and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health and a Scholar's Certificate in Global Public Health from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Gagik Karapetyan

Dr. Gagik Karapetyan has over 20 years of working experience in the Infectious Diseases field and over 10 years of program management experience, including management and coordination of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Program. Dr. Karapetyan has an impressive experience in technical oversight of multi-country and multi-regional grant-funded Health projects and portfolios, including standards setting, tools development, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation. He is providing technical expertise for tuberculosis, malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) and other infectious diseases for World Vision grant proposals and project implementation.

In addition to his impressive professional and interpersonal skills, Dr. Gagik brings with him an extensive field experience for having worked in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake. During his time in Haiti, he successfully managed Health, WASH and emergency response programs within Haiti Earthquake Response Team; coordinated emergency response in Health Sector to Haiti earthquake within WV Canada and WV Haiti Response Teams; and contributed to multi-sectoral assessment to inform WV Haiti post-earthquake 2010-2015 national strategy development for Haiti post-earthquake early recovery and rehabilitation.

Dr. Karapetyan’s professional experience and expertise in the medical field and public health are enhanced by his impressive educational achievements. He received his Medical Doctor (MD) Degree of Infectious Diseases Specialist - Pediatrician from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia. He also holds Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Degree from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. In 2003, he was the winner of the highly prestigious Fulbright/Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship on Public Health Policy and Management.

Tania Odabashian

Tania Odabashian received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1989 and currently is the co-owner and Vice-President of Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc. in Arlington, VA. She is also a Partner in seven (7) Value Place Hotel Franchises in South Carolina and Georgia. Tania is an alumna of the Armenian Sisters Academy in Radnor, PA, and currently lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, Ned, and two children.

Kathryn Salasky

Kathryn has been working in non-profits for over the past 10 years. She has concentrated on working with organizations focusing on youth education including Access Youth Inc., Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Kathryn is very passionate about assisting youth in Armenia as she served as United States Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English as a Second Language in Shenik, Armenia for two years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Micromasters from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Haykuhi SekhposyanHaykuhi Sekhposyan

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Gretchen SouleGretchen Soule

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Angela Voskerchyan

Angela Voskerchyan graduated from the French University in Armenia and holds a Master`s degree in Business Administration (MBA). She has more than five years of working experience in different fields with different international companies. She was mostly engaged with internal control/auditing, budgeting and administration. She worked at St. Mary Armenian Church in Washington DC, helping serve the American-Armenian community. Including managing all the churches administrative affairs, as well as being the coordinator of the WED fund scholarship and teaching kindergarten class at the church’s Sunday school for several years.