SOAR - La Cañada Chapter

Po Box 217
La Cañada, CA 91012-0217

Nestled in the picturesque Crescenta Valley, La Cañada-Flintridge is situated between the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest to the north and San Rafael Hills to the south. The city is home to Descanso Gardens and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

La Cañada-Flintridge has been home to many celebrities over the years, including Vince Vaughn; Angela Bassett; Mark Geragos; Ron Howard; Chris D’Elia; Diane Farr; Haley Joel Osment and Emily Osment; Kevin Costner; Bill Plaschke, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Steve Priest. Three of Walt Disney’s top animators, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Eric Larson, as well as Academy Award winner Chris Buck, settled in this community. It is also a popular filming location, where portions of “American Pie,” “Date Movie,” “Old School,” and the 1946 Frank Capra / James Stewart holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” were filmed.

The Crescenta Valley is heavily populated with an expanding Armenian community and has numerous Armenian organizations and centers. SOAR La Cañada brings SOAR’s important mission to the region, continuing to raise awareness of the needs of orphaned Armenians around the world.


Alique Bedikian, Psy. D. 

Dr. Alique Bedikian graduated from Pacific Oaks College with a Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy and obtained a Doctoral degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her research has focused on the Armenian-American community and Armenian ethnic identity. Dr. Bedikian is eager and devoted to serving the Armenian community through education, clinical and volunteer work, and research. While holding onto her personal commitment of adoption, she hopes to inspire others to welcome Armenian children into their families and/or contribute to the enrichment of their lives through SOAR.

Maral Keosseian

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Klara Harutyunyan

Klara was born and raised in Armenia. She obtained her degree in Linguistics at the University in Yerevan and started working in the NGO sector, also volunteering for the World Committee of Pan-Armenian Games. Klara is fluent in Armenian, Russian, English and Spanish. When she moved to Los Angeles in 2005 she followed her passion and went to one of the best professional makeup schools in Hollywood. She then started working in the entertainment and beauty industry having an amazing experience of working with world known celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Cindy Crawford, Sharon Stone, Christina Aguilera and others.
Now she is managing a home healthcare agency and working on a new career. Always learning, giving back and making a difference are things that excite her the most. She is now very happy to join SOAR and have the opportunity to contribute in the work of changing the lives of socially vulnerable children.

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.

Karina Nazarian

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Genya Petrosyan

Ms. Genya Petrosyan has long standing experience in the field of human rights. She holds a LL.B from Yerevan State University, as well as an LL.M from both Yerevan State University andthe American University of Armenia. Genya also many years of experience in working at the Human Rights Defender’s Office, where she started as a specialist of the Social, Economic and Cultural Rights Department. Later she was systematically upgraded up to the position of Deputy Human Rights Defender (2012-2014) and appointed the 1st Deputy Human Rights Defender of Armenia (2014-2015). She is a practicing lawyer engaged in civil and administrative cases. She has won a number of cases in different instances of the Armenian judicial system, as well as in the RA Constitutional Court. Ms. Petrosyan has extensive experience in strategic litigation. Ms Petrosyan has been involved as a human rights expert in different projects. In 2015-2018 Ms Petrosyan delivered a number of trainings for observers, media representatives, lawyers and trainers on election-related procedures. She is a co-author of several handbooks, manuals and guides in the field of human rights, good governance and election processes. She is also the Founder and Director of Law Development and Protection Foundation.

Tatevik Tervartanyan

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.