SOAR - Washington, DC Metro Chapter
The Washington, DC Metro chapter became part of the SOAR family in April 2008 and spans the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland. The Armenian community in Washington, DC. grew as the Federal Government assumed a larger role in domestic and international affairs. Particularly after the Second World War, the Armenian community in the Nation’s Capital and surrounding areas has grown steadily. Today, well over eight thousand Armenians live in the area and are engaged in diverse professional and academic activities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Elizabeth was born in Woodbridge, Virginia, and raised in Washington, D.C. and the suburbs of Maryland. From 2019 to 2020, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Sisian, Armenia, where she taught English language and culture at a secondary school and led summer leadership camps for youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and civic engagement. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Russian from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master of Arts in Russian studies from McGill University in Montreal. She is pursuing her second MA in international relations at American University in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth currently resides in Arlington, VA, and works at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. She pursues a career in policy and advocacy for the global protection of livelihoods and birthplace rights for indigenous and vulnerable minorities. Elizabeth grew up speaking English and Spanish, but is also fluent in Russian, Armenian, and French; she has an affinity for the Eurasian and African regions. She loves dogs and running, and devotes creative writing and racing to support and destigmatize mental health.
Director of Communications
Diana Akopyan is an experienced Content and Social Media Marketing professional with 5 years of experience driving strategic initiatives across Marketing, Digital Marketing, and Marketing Strategy. She received her BA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication from Moscow State University and a Diploma in Content Marketing and is currently working on her MS in Marketing at the Kogod School of Business. Diana has been involved in various Armenian initiatives – from volunteering through Birthright Armenia at IDeA, Aurora Prize, and Repat Armenia to working at Tourism and Urbanism Foundation in Dilijan.
Lia is a Business Analyst, she has experience with various financial systems analysis, budgeting, process improvements and requirements gathering. She has passion for analytical work, and she has resourceful problem-solving abilities. Additionally, she works across many teams to develop proactive solutions to improve overall business process. She is passionate about coming up with creative solutions to meet complex customer requirements and seeks to continue meeting the mission requirements of customers.
Tatev Gomtsyan was born in Gyumri, Armenia and currently resides in Virginia. She is a graduating student of the University of Virginia, where she studies Global Public Health and Data Science. Her interests lie in nutrition, maternal health, disability rights, and reproductive justice. She is grateful to join SOAR and contribute to impactful work in her community.
Anna is a professional in the international development sector leading teams through navigating and adopting effective and innovative compliant and fit-for-purpose project management practices and financial and operational systems to bring transformative and lasting impact at scale. She has more than twenty years of experience supporting International NGOs by driving business priorities from conception to completion.
Dr. Mikael Petrosyan
Dr. Mikael Petrosyan attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate, obtained his medical degree at Chicago Medical School and completed his residency at LA County Hospital + University of Southern California. During his residency he also completed a two-year Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He completed his Clinical Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Children’s National Hospital and was recruited as a faculty member. He also able to obtained MBA from George Washington University. Dr. Petrosyan is currently the program director for Pediatric Surgery Fellowship and Associate Chief of General and Thoracic Pediatric Surgery at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC.
Lusine is originally from Yerevan, Armenia. In 2015, she founded a school of languages and professional development in Yerevan and has about five years of management experience. She has a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Duke University. For the past two years, she worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC.
Torgom Zatikian was born in Saratov, Russia. Torgom holds master’s degree in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security with a concentration in state-building and Eurasian affairs from the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. He also studied in Russia, Austria, and China. Torgom’s research on global governance solutions was published by the Geneva Graduate Institute. He has four years of experience in the non-governmental sector and think tanks, focusing on global politics, international institutions, and education. Torgom speaks English, Russian, Armenian, is fluent in Ukrainian and German, and is learning Spanish.
Dr. Gagik Karapetyan