Susan Snavely
Management Specialist

Susan has owned and operated a licensed group home daycare and preschool for over twenty years. She returned to school earning her degree in Web Design and Development continuing working on her skills in graphic design. She is currently the Management Specialist for SOAR as well as an entrepreneur doing freelance work in web design/development and graphic design.

Susan has a passion for children, having five of her own and five grandchildren, and has volunteered extensively in many different children’s ministries through her church and community. She sponsors several children through different organizations and after learning about SOAR and seeing the tremendous things that they are able to accomplish, she wanted to become a part of their work.

Kim Yacoubian
Development Consultant

Kim Yacoubian kicked off her career in the nonprofit sector serving as Press Office Writer, Main NGO Representative to the United Nations, and Director of the Young Professionals program for AGBU.

Kim then joined JDRF as a Development Manager where she was honored with a SPOT Award for her performance overseeing the fundraising efforts for their two largest walkathons in the Philadelphia area.

Hired next by The Center Foundation to oversee its teen mentorship programs, her initiative and capabilities quickly advanced her to the position of Associate Executive Director and Executive Director.

She specializes in fundraising, volunteer coordination, and event planning, and possesses exceptional communications, relationship building, and community outreach skills.

She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College and a Master of Social Service in Community Practice, Policy & Advocacy from Bryn Mawr College.


Hripsime Muradyan
Executive Director

Hripsime graduated from Yerevan State University with a Master’s Degree in English Language and Philology. In 2007 she began working for Gyumri Social Child Care Center SNCO. As a coordinator of author relations, she implemented different projects and programs to support children at risk. In 2015 Hripsime was granted with Appreciation from MOLSA Minister A. Grigoryan for her devoted work with children. She was actively involved in KASA Swiss Humanitarian foundation and delivered trainings for disadvantaged youth to obtain relevant vocational and professional skills. In 2013, she was appointed the position as a Project Coordinator in “Little Prince” Day Care Center run by Armenian Caritas. There Hripsime managed family oriented support to families and children at risk in the Gyumri community. In 2015, she participated in a study visit to Germany to investigate different models for child care institutions, learning how to apply best practices in the field of her work.

Beginning in 2016, Hripsime began working for SOAR. Her inspiration is the significant change of lives of institutionalized children (with and without disabilities) becoming as independent as possible with their lives.

Hasmik Hovhannisyan
Quality Assurance Manager
Lili’s Bed and Breakfast Manager

Hasmik attended Yerevan State College of Light Industry, Department of Auditing and Financing and has studied at the American University of Armenia, Extension Program Level 3-6 course-reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. She has also taken courses in Economics and Law at the Information Research Centre, based on international accounting standards.

Not only has Hasmik worked as an economist/accountant, but she has volunteered her skills with Our Lady of Armenia Summer Camp and Missionaries of Charity Armenian Branch. Currently she is the Quality Assurance Manager for SOAR and is the manager for Lili’s Bed and Breakfast for SOAR.

Hasmik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian.

Armine Khachikyan
External Relations Coordinator

Armine  graduated from the faculty of Journalism at Yerevan ”Gladzor”  University in 2006. After completing her Master’s Degree with a diploma of  excellence, she was accepted to the post-graduate program of the same university for three years as a journalist.

In 2002  while studying, she began working as an assistant  at the Journalism Department of the University and in 2006-2014  she held the position of an assistant at the Chair of Armenian Language and Literature. She has lectured on ”Comprehensive Information” and ”Literature and Publicity” subjects for 5 years in the higher courses of the Departments of Journalism and Armenian Language and Literature.

During her career, she has been a correspondent for leading Armenian newspapers and has edited youth-oriented magazines and dictionaries.  She is the co-author of several books and currently is the secretary of ”From Bowels to the Heights” newspaper and the author of scientific articles. Armine is also a screenwriter for documentaries and commercial films.

Since 2014 she has also been involved in developing business plans, researching marketing innovations, managing projects, organizing festivals. From 2014-2016, Armine has  specialized in sales services, working as a Sales and Service Director.

In 2019 October Armine began working for SOAR Armenia as an External Relations Coordinator. She takes great pleasure in every task and strives to be exceptional at everything she does. Armine is convinced that working with children is one of the best opportunities she has.

Manana Mananyan

Manana lives in Vanadzor, Armenia. She got her degree as an English and German teacher, which gave the possibility for her to provide English language classes to the children of Vanadzor orphanage. Since then she has been involved in various international projects targeted at the development of the country both as translator/ interpreter and as a project coordinator. For more than 5 years she coordinated the projects of National Democratic Institute (NDI) in the Northern regions of Armenia, and was very much involved in democracy development and protection of human rights in her country. This gave her an opportunity to make a speech in Downing Street 10, UK. Currently Manana works with Medecins Sans Frontieres as well as doing fundraising activities for “Orran” Benevolent NGO, which is a center that helps underprivileged and the socially vulnerable elderly and children.

Gayane Merdinyan

Gayane Merdinyan was born in Yerevan where she currently resides. She has a Master’s Degree in Management. During her Ph.D. in Economics, Education Management at the Armenian State University of Economics, she completed one year of her research at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has worked in Education Management since 2006, and is now the Head of Division of Organization of Education Process at Armenian State University of Economics (ASUE) and works there as a lecturer as well. Gayane has been a manager of international grant projects (TEMPUS, ERASMUS+) at ASUE funded by the European Union. Gayane is fluent in Armenian, English and Russian.

Lora Amatuni

Lora graduated from Yerevan State Medical University, department of dentistry. She has been working as dentist since 1996. Lora has started to work in the SOAR dental clinic in 2018.

Varduhi Zakyan
Dental Nurse

Varduhi graduated from Gyumri Medical College in 1999. Since 2000 she has been working in children’s dental clinics in the community. She has passed qualifications as a dental nurse and joined the SOAR dental team in January 2019.

Tatev Tumasyan
Dental Coordinator

Tatev started as a volunteer with SOAR in the “Fairy Tale” program. She has a background is in social work. As a student, she is involved in many different projects and programs for vulnerable children! Tatev is an author of many articles about different organizations who deal with children at risk in the Shirak Community. Since 2018, Tatev has been coordinating the activities of the SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri. In 2019, she was hired for the Coordinator’s position of the clinic. Tatev is grateful that SOAR has changed so many lives of the children and people who need support!