SOAR - Los Angeles Chapter

soar-la@soar-us.org

P.O. Box 5935
Glendale, CA 91221

SOAR-LA became part of the SOAR family in October 2007. The highest concentration of Americans of Armenian descent live in the Greater Los Angeles area, where approximately 175,000 Armenians reside. Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, is widely known as the center of Armenian American life.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Lauren Hovanesian
President

Lauren Hovanesian graduated from the University of San Diego in 2013 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications and Business Marketing. She then began working for Entertainment Partners in Burbank, CA as a T.C.E. Analyst. During her time at EP she reestablished the EP Outreach Committee. The committee collaborated with Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. Now, Lauren has been working at Liberty I. Exchange Inc. as a Global Purchasing Director for luxury goods and jewelry. In her spare time, she enjoys working with the KEEN Los Angeles to provide one-to-one sports and recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities. She also serves on the Executive Board as Membership Director of the Armenian Professional Society.

Mario Bahramjian
Treasurer

Mario Bahramjian graduated from UCLA in 2007 and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He then established his own real estate brokerage in 2008, here in Southern California. Mario came to SOAR-LA to carry out his late grandmother’s wishes to help orphaned Armenian children. After visiting the “Nor Kharberd” orphanage in Armenia, Mario has geared his efforts towards helping our orphaned brothers and sisters back home. Through SOAR-LA, Mario seeks to brighten the lives of the less fortunate.

Linda Ohanessian
Marketing Director

Linda Ohanessian graduated from California State University Northridge in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She then began working for an Occupational Therapy Clinic at The University of Southern California as a Practice Plan Administrator. During that time she was the liaison between Doctors, patients and insurance professionals.  She established new policies and procedures to grow the Practice and helped increase its footprints throughout the community.  She received her Master’s degree at the University of Southern California in Healthcare Administration in 2016, where she was able to utilize her business skills and passion for healthcare and well-being of the community to advocate for patient care. Linda is now working for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles focusing on Enterprise Contracting with various health systems. She also helps build CHLA’s strategic initiatives throughout the community. Linda has a special interest in working with the under-served population. She has a passion for advocating for children and wants to pursue her passion further by joining the SOAR community to help a vulnerable population and give them a chance at pursuing their dreams.

Meg Isagholi
Inclusive Designer and Advisor

Meg Isagholi graduated from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in Sociology in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in occupational therapy in 2013.  She has been practicing as an occupational therapist since 2013 working with both the pediatric and adult population. Meg is passionate about inclusive design to increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities. She has volunteered as a basketball coach for Ararat, Runway of Dreams and completed a fellowship at Parsons in New York for OpenStyleLab (OSL). Through, SOAR-LA she hopes to use her knowledge as an occupational therapist and an inclusive designer to help children in orphanages in Armenia with playground design, play skills, and program development.

Kameliya Abelyan

Kameliya Abelyan graduated from Northeastern University in 2016 after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing & Communications. She then migrated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hospitality Sales — a path that afforded her invaluable experience in both event planning and creative design. Kameliya has always been driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, an attitude she carries through her multiple projects today. Kameliya was born in Moscow, Russia and visited Armenia in 2017 for the first time. From the moment she stepped foot in the bucolic country, she was spellbound by the rich sense of culture, tradition and history that Armenia has to offer. In the long term goal, Kameliya’s goal is to oversee the opening of a school in Armenia. By contributing to SOAR, Kameliya hopes to channel her interests of event planning, design and cultural curiosity towards building a positive outcome for the children of Armenia.

Zara Aleksanyan

Zara Aleksanyan graduated from California State University Northridge in 2010 with a BA in photojournalism and has since worked as a photographer specializing in portraits, head shots and events.
She was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia and has always been an active participant in cultural events and fundraisers. She has been published internationally and enjoys exploring new creative opportunities.

Tamar Arminak, Esq.

Tamar Arminak is a civil litigator and principal of Arminak Law, APC, who joined SOAR-LA in 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies with a minor in Russian Art History. She earned her law degree from Loyola Law School. During her college years, Tamar also attended the University of London, studying European History, living in London, England. She has been voted a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for seven years in a row, as well as authored a chapter in the Book Reaching the Bar: Stories of All Women at All Stages of Their Law Careers. In 2014 she was honored as a guest speaker at Harvard Law School’s Symposium on Sports and Entertainment Law in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she spoke to law students about her many high profile cases. Because of her love of children, Tamar is pleased to be working with SOAR to help the Orphans of Armenia. SOAR –LA has a special place in her heart, as she met her husband Vicken Touzjian while they both served on the Los Angeles board.

Patrick Barbarian

Patrick Barbarian was born in Los Angeles, California, but moved to Beirut, Lebanon with his family at the age of 5. Right after graduating from high school in 2012, Patrick packed his bags and moved back to Los Angeles. In 2017, Patrick graduated from California State University, Northridge / Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, focusing his degree on Insurance and Risk Management. He began his career in the insurance industry as an insurance underwriter trainee in late 2017. Today, he works in Marketing and Distribution for a publicly traded insurance company based out of California. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys the outdoors, motorcycle riding, self-education and most importantly, giving back to the society in any way possible. By being a part of SOAR-LA, he hopes to contribute as much as possible to help SOAR continuously carry out their mission and vision.

Nareh Hovhannisian

Nareh is a Washington, DC native who relocated to Los Angeles as a teenager, and went on to earn a degree in Anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz.

After graduating, she worked as a United Nations volunteer in Armenia, teaching English to refugee children from surrounding conflicted countries. While in Armenia, she also served as a translator for Plasticos Foundation, that provides surgery to local children with severe burns and cleft lip.

In the spirit of loving to learn from meeting new people, Nareh is now a UX Researcher/Designer who had been living in Mexico City for 3 years and has now returned to LA.

Christopher Kaypekian, M.D.

Dr. Christopher Kaypekian is part of the new wave of young Armenian doctors treating Glendale’s population today. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and is a graduate of the AUC School of Medicine in the Netherlands, Antilles. Dr. Kaypekian completed his residency in Anesthesia at world renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City; and subsequently, a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics under the mentorship of recognized figures who are pioneers in the field of Pain Medicine, before making his home in Glendale. Dr. Kaypekian established his medical practice, Glendale Pain Medicine Associates, to treat those in our community suffering from various chronic pain conditions with invasive and non-invasive forms of treatment. Christopher K. Kaypekian, M.D. Pain Management Specialist Director, Glendale Pain Medicine Associates, Inc. He and his wife lovely wife Natalie share two beautiful children, and are proud supporters of SOAR-LA.

Vicken Touzjian 

Vicken Touzjian is a self made entrepreneur and business owner in the Los Angeles area. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but moved to Los Angeles with his family before turning four, calling Los Angeles home. Vicken attended Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School from Pre-K to 8th grade, transferring to and graduating from Holy Martyrs Armenian High School. Vicken later graduated Phi Betta Kappa / Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Philosophy in 2000. He supported himself through school tutoring Organic Chemistry with the UCI LARC program, and running his own packaging business. Upon graduation and acceptance into medical school, he decided that Medicine was not for him, and continued his efforts in business, enjoying the freedom that being a business owner provides. He also has an appreciation for the arts and music, and enjoys taking photographs of nature and beauty.

“I am so happy to be a part of SOAR’s efforts to support orphaned children around the world. Due to circumstances beyond their control, these children are left without any parents or support. Our efforts, both financial and emotional, give these innocent children a better chance at a higher quality of life.”

Mariam Yesayan

Mariam Yesayan graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development Studies. Mariam has worked with numerous NGO’s and not-for-profit organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Campaign, Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, and Volunteers of America. She returned to school in 2018 and earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She currently works in public accounting at KPMG as an auditor. Mariam has been committed to advocating for underrepresented and marginalized communities and proudly serves as a board member of SOAR-LA.