SOAR - Inland Empire Chapter

Inland Empire (IE) became part of the SOAR family in February 2015. IE is a metropolitan region of Southern California, situated directly east of Los Angeles. The term “Inland Empire” was first documented by the Riverside Enterprise newspaper in April 1914. Developers in the area introduced the term to promote the region and to highlight the area’s unique features. The “Inland” part of the name is derived from the region’s location, about 60 miles inland from Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

The metropolitan area consists of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Counties are home to more than 4 million people, and together they comprise the 13th most populous metropolitan area in the US and the 3rd most populous in California. At the end of the 19th century, IE was a major center of agriculture, including citrus, dairy, and wine-making. Agriculture declined through the 20th century, and since the 1970s a rapidly growing population, fed by families migrating in search of affordable housing, has led to more residential,
industrial, and commercial development.


Satenik Melkumyan

Satenik is currently a Doctor of Optometry student at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, majoring in Biological Sciences. Satenik was born in Armenia and moved to the United States with her family at the age of eight. Since then, it has been her aspiration to regularly return to the villages of Armenia and provide eye care to their inhabitants. Satenik has a great passion to help improve her motherland in any way she can, as some of her best memories were experienced there. She is a firm believer in the importance of fostering a caring environment and the impact that it can have on an individual’s development, and so she is more than excited to take part in SOAR.

Tatevik Tervartanyan
Vice President

Tatevik was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to the United States in 1990. She graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.A. in Psychology and Human Services. She is currently earning a Masters degree in Business Administration and will graduate in 2016. Tatevik began working for Nu Image Marketing in 2006 and has grown to be the Director of Operations. She prides herself on developing creative solutions to complex problems and her leadership ability, which motivates her team to excel.

When the opportunity presented itself, Tatevik was eager to join SOAR due to her love for humanitarian work and her passion for lending a hand to those in need. Tatevik is drawn to the resilience of the human spirit and the beauty of witnessing others overcome trials and tribulations.

Henrik Stepanyan

Henrik Stepanyan is from Ararat, Armenia. He immigrated to the US in 1988. He is the CEO of Barbeques Galore, a retail chain with over 20 stores in 3 states. He was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps where he served for 4 years. He currently lives in Corona, CA with his wife and three children: Tony, Melody, and Niko.