SOAR-Anchorage Chapter

Anchorage became part of the SOAR family in March 2013. Anchorage, unlike most of SOAR’s other Chapters, exists in a considerably smaller Armenian market. Their local Board of Directors brings a heartfelt level of enthusiasm and commitment that epitomizes SOAR’s mission to orphaned Armenians throughout the world.


Seta Kabranian-Melkonian

Seta Kabranian-Melkonian was born in Ainjar, Lebanon. She has a Ph.D. in Armenian literature from Yerevan State University, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and Graduate Certificates in Advanced Human Services Systems and NGO Management and Leadership. She is a freelance translator, writer and an activist who has worked in humanitarian assistance programs. She lives in the United States.

Ann Gary

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Alice Manawelian

Alice Manawelian is a Registered Nurse and currently working as a School Nurse and an Occupational Health Nurse. She has experience with children and youth in the medical Pediatric settings. She grew up in Philadelphia and attended St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church, is originally from Bethlehem, Jordan, and currently resides in Alaska. Alice has a special place in her heart for orphans, and it grew when she visited an Armenian Orphanage in 2008 while attending the Medical Congress in Yerevan. Alice is involved in community outreaches for the homeless and children in her community and she is looking forward to using her background and creativity to making a difference through SOAR.