SOAR Tennessee Chapter

Tennessee became part of the SOAR family in February 2015. Unlike most of SOAR’s other Chapters, SOAR-Tennessee exists in a considerably smaller Armenian market. The community consists of Armenians from Armenia, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, Romania, Russia and other countries around the globe, galvanized by the Armenian Church of Nashville. Their local Board of Directors brings a heartfelt level of enthusiasm and commitment that epitomizes SOAR’s mission to orphaned Armenians throughout the world.


Maral Venable

Maral Sajelian Venable is an EL teacher with Rutherford County Schools in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Her family moved to New York City from Beirut, Lebanon when she was 11 years old, with a long seven-year stopover in Bucharest, Romania. New York City is a metropolis with many diverse backgrounds, and her ability to speak 5 languages helped her become successful in business management. In 1998, Maral moved to Nashville, TN where she married her husband of 17 years and together they have a beautiful girl, age 15. She went back to school and received her Bachelor’s in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2008 and her Master of Arts in Teaching English Language Learners from David Lipscomb University in 2011.

Armenak Petrosyan
Events Coordinator

Armenak Petrosyan is from Yerevan, Armenia. He has earned his BA and MA in mathematics from Yerevan State University in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Currently he is a fourth year PhD student in Department of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) specializing in harmonic analysis, functional analysis and their applications.