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.


Ani Khachikian

Ani is currently working on her MBA at American University Kogod School of Business in Washington DC with a focus on Marketing and Data Analytics. During her time at Kogod, she has been serving as the President of Net Impact Club and VP of Educational Events of Kogod Women in Business. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Fine Arts from UC Berkeley in 2014. She has had work experience in small, privately owned businesses in various industries throughout her career in functional roles as project manager and marketing specialist. Additionally, Ani is an artist and painter and enjoys working with children and giving back to the Armenian community.

Anna Sahakyan

Anna Sahakyan is an experienced non-profit sector and international development professional with over 20 years of experience in community development, humanitarian aid, civil society and governance programs. Ms. Sahakyan is recognized for her strong leadership skills, high-impact delivery and success in managing community mobilization, advocacy, civic engagement, institutional development and emergency relief programs. Ms. Sahakyan is an effective convener and institutional representative with multi-regional and sectoral experience, focused on leveraging industry-wide knowledge and best-practices in shaping programming, grant making, and operational policy and procedures.


Ms. Sahakyan has regional expertise in Latin America, New Independent States (former Soviet Union), and Central and Eastern Europe, including ten years of experience in the field working with American Red Cross, UNHCR, as well as serving as Counterpart’s Regional Representative and Acting Chief of Party in Uzbekistan and Armenia.  Ms. Sahakyan holds a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Foreign Language, and a Master’s degree of Arts in Foreign Language and Psychology from Brusov State University in Armenia. She speaks four languages including English, Russian, Armenian and Spanish.

Leana Derbarghamian

Leana is a board member to SOAR-DC chapter and serves as the Treasurer.  She has served the DC-Metro community as a Trustee and General Counsel to various non-profits for over ten years.  Her experience in litigation and corporate law coupled with her background in business matters, has lead her to her current role as the General Counsel and Compliance Officer of a national healthcare cost containment company based out of Maryland.  In addition to the healthcare community, Leana was intimately involved in the legal aspects of the acquisition and construction of real estate within DC, MD and VA during her reign as the in-house counsel to a local builder.  She enjoys serving her community and assisting Armenian children in growth, health, and education.

Armineh Ghazarian

Armineh earned her Master of Science in Finance from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, as well as her  Master of Science in Biotechnology, Bio-business from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science, Biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

Armineh is currently a Program Analyst at the National Institute of Aging, Office of Small Business Research. Previously she has worked in various research and financial analysis positions, most recently as an intern for Birthright Armenia. Her involvement in the community is strong, including founding and chairing several Armenian organizations.

Armineh is fluent in Armenian, English, and can speak Farsi.

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.


Dr. Gagik Karapetyan

Meri Manukyan

Tania Odabashian

Haykuhi Sekhposyan