SOAR - Minnesota Chapter
Minneapolis joined the SOAR family in December 2015. The first Armenian families settled in Minnesota after the Armenian Genocide. They were later joined by refugees from Azerbaijan, Iraq, and Egypt. St. Sahag Armenian Church has been functioning in the city of Saint Paul for more than 10 years, while the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota (ACOM) preserves and promotes Armenian culture, language, history and heritage in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Founded in 1980, ACOM is the oldest and largest Armenian organization in the state.
Board of Directors:
Peter Hajinian is an advertising copywriter, avid reader and member of the leadership team for the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peter lives in Minneapolis with his wife, son and bulldog.
Brooke Hajinian is a former theater administrator and graduate of St. Mary's University of Minnesota. She and Peter live in Minneapolis with their son and bulldog.
Christine Samuelian is a social worker, and graduate of Bloomsburg University. She sings with the choir at St Sahag Church in St Paul, Minnesota, and is a proud graduate of the Armenian Sisters Academy, having started as one of the original "dirty dozen" of twelve students. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, daughter and her daughter's pets.