Board of Directors

Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, President

Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, President

Fr. Daniel Findikyan was elected Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) in May 2018, succeeding Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, who at 28 years of service was the longest to serve as Diocesan Primate.

Fr. Findikyan is the first American-born Primate of the Diocese. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, he is director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center of the Diocese, and professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in Armonk, New York. He earned his doctorate from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, and holds a M.A. from the City University of New York in Musicology (1990), and a Master of Divinity (1989) from St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. He has authored numerous academic works. He was ordained a priest in 1997 and served as dean of St. Nersess Seminary from 2000 to 2012.

Mr. Kevork S. Hovnanian†, Chairman Emeritus (1989-2006)

Mr. Kevork S. Hovnanian†, Chairman Emeritus (1989-2006)

Kevork S. Hovnanian was an ArmenianAmerican businessman and home builder, who was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 1923. He was the oldest of four sons born to Stepan K. Hovnanian, a refugee from Armenia who had settled in Iraq. Stepan Hovnanian operated a construction business in Kirkuk which held contracts with oil companies in the region.

Kevork Hovnanian took over the family’s construction business after his father became ill, but eventually emigrated to the United States in the aftermath of the 1958 Iraqi Revolution. In 1959, Mr. Hovnanian founded Hovnanian Enterprises and remained the president and chief executive officer of Hovnanian Enterprises until his retirement in 1997.

Mr. Hovnanian made a number of philanthropic contributions during his life, especially in support of state of New Jersey, the nation of Armenia, and the Armenian diaspora. He was also a pioneering advocate for the Armenian people. He did not hesitate to help those in need when, in 1988, he traveled to the earthquake ravaged regions of Gyumri and Spitak. Following that journey, Fund for Armenian Relief was born from his vision and that of his two colleagues, Dr. Edgar Housepian and Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, who also traveled with him to Armenia following the earthquake.

Mr. Hovnanian, founder and Honorary Chairman of the Fund for Armenian Relief, passed away on September 24, 2009 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 86.

Mr. Randy Sapah-Gulian, Chairman

Mr. Randy Sapah-Gulian, Chairman

Randy Sapah-Gulian is the founder and current head of Allegis RPO and Allegis Partners, part of the Allegis Group, an $8 billion global recruitment firm with 10,000+ employees in 350 locations worldwide. With over 25 years of global recruitment outsourcing and executive search experience as well as prior work experience in the marketing and publishing industry, he has founded and grown several companies. Mr. Sapah-Gulian holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Rutgers University and sits on several business and non-profit international boards. As an authority in the Human Resources field, he is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on various business conferences and media programs.

From an Armenian community perspective, Mr. Sapah-Gulian has been very active from a young age and is the current Chairman of the Board of FAR. He has been responsible for increasing the size of the Board and moving FAR into new directions in the areas of social and economic development. As part of his earlier studies, he trained as a guest of the School of Dance Choreography and the State Dance Ensemble. He subsequently became an Artistic Director and Choreographer for the Antranig Dance Ensemble and was responsible for productions at noted venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has served on the Central Committee of America, the AGBU’s U.S. Board of Directors as well as currently serving on the Board of the Children’s Resource Center.

Dr. Edgar M. Housepian†, Vice Chairman Emeritus (1989-2014)

Dr. Edgar M. Housepian†, Vice Chairman Emeritus (1989-2014)

Dr. Edgar M. Housepian, a professor emeritus of clinical neurological surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1949 and graduated cum laude from Columbia College. He acquired his Doctor of Medicine degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1953, and received certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in November 1961. He is a member of more than 40 professional societies and has held positions on numerous university, hospital and departmental committees. Dr. Housepian has participated in various study groups, and received research grants and prestigious honors for his outstanding work in his field. He has authored numerous articles and books on medical research and methods in neurological studies. Dr. Housepian is also Chairman of FAR’s Medical Committee.

Abp. Khajag Barsamian, Vice Chairman

Abp. Khajag Barsamian, Vice Chairman

His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian was elected Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) in May 1990. He was subsequently elevated to the rank of bishop by His Holiness Vasken I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. In October 1992, His Holiness bestowed the rank of archbishop.

In the course of his academic pursuits, Abp. Barsamian has conducted research and taught in the United States, Jerusalem, Italy, England, Germany and Armenia. Abp. Barsamian is a leader in a number of religious and ecumenical organizations, including the National Council of Churches, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, Religious in American Life, and the American Bible Society.

Mr. Carl Bazarian, Vice Chairman

Mr. Carl Bazarian, Vice Chairman

Mr. Carl J. Bazarian’s dedication to the Armenian community is evident through his involvement with various organizations and charities, including the Armenian Assembly of America. He is the recipient of the 1996 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Mr. Bazarian is President, Chief Executive Officer, and founding partner of Bazarian International Financial Associates, LLC, an international investment banking firm providing clients with extensive financial services. Prior to launching his current firm, he founded East-West Financial Services; worked in export finance and economic development at the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Federal Reserve Board and the Foreign Credit Insurance Association; and served as a financial advisor to the U.S. Treasury. He was also a Presidential appointee to direct the Middle Eastern and African insurance programs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Mr. Bazarian earned his M.A. in International Studies from the American University School of International Studies.

Ms. Annette Choolfaian, Vice Chair

Ms. Annette Choolfaian, Vice Chair

Ms. Annette Choolfaian has developed and implemented medical group practices, home health agencies, faculty practices, hospital and physician malpractice insurance programs, and new patient care systems and models. She has extensive experience in the operation of patient ambulatory care and home health programs for patient care facilities. Ms. Choolfaian is an advisor to the Ministry of Health in the Czech Republic and other Eastern European countries. She is currently a Professor and the Director of the Health Management and Policy program at the Graduate School for Health Sciences of New York Medical College. Ms. Choolfaian is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of Public Health.

Ms. Choolfaian received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Bridgeport, her Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University, and her Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Public Health.

Mr. Dennis Tarzian, Treasurer

Mr. Dennis Tarzian, Treasurer

Mr. Dennis R. Tarzian is a co-founder of National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI) where he currently serves as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer. NRAI is one of the fastest growing legal services firms of its kind serving 70,000 customers across the US and in Europe. NRAI provides a range of compliance, statutory representation, and corporate services supported by its widely recognized web based technology tools. Formerly, Mr. Tarzian served in a number of senior executive positions both in the US and in Latin America. At Paramount Communications, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Business Information Group. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Assistant Treasurer at the Revlon Corporation. He has also served as President and CEO of an educational software provider for a private equity firm, which helped students raise their basic skills proficiency. Mr. Tarzian has led or played a key role in over thirty mergers and acquisitions in the course of his career. He has also served on the boards of two technology and service firms and the board of an international mutual fund. Mr. Tarzian has been active in the Armenian community since his youth. He has served his local parish, St. Leon in a number of capacities, including as Chairman of the Parish Council and currently as Diocesan delegate. He has been active in a variety of fundraising efforts, including establishing the Marion and Harry Tarzian youth achievement award at the Holy Martyrs parish, supporting the new community center for youth at St. Leon, and in supporting research for retinal diseases at the Schepens Retina Associates in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Tarzian holds a BS in Systems Engineering and Computer Science from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Columbia Business School.

Mr. Oscar Tatosian, Assistant Treasurer

Mr. Oscar Tatosian, Assistant Treasurer

Oscar Tatosian presently serves as Chairman of the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Armenian Church (Eastern), having served on the Diocesan Council for over twelve years. He also sits on the boards of the Fund for Armenian Relief, the Armenian Church Endowment Fund, and the Ararat Center-each a major undertaking of the Armenian Church of America. He is a native of Chicago, and a life-long member of St. James Armenian Church of Evanston, Illinois.

Oscar’s current community activities include sitting on the guild board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and leadership on Design for Dignity. Prior affiliations include Art Institute of Chicago (Auxiliary Board), Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (junior board), Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (junior board), English Speaking Union (junior board), and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce(board member). His civic activities include the City Club of Chicago, support for various candidates and campaigns, and membership in the Union League Club of Chicago.

Oscar is the president of Oscar Isberian Rugs, Inc., importer and retailer of oriental carpets, with manufacturing relationships in the Near and Middle East.

Born in Chicago, Oscar received a Bachelor in Business Administration at Texas Christian University, where he was president of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Mrs. Marta Batmasian, Secretary

Mrs. Marta Batmasian, Secretary

Since her arrival to the United States in 1970, Marta Batmasian has demonstrated a true immigrant spirit, by getting involved and excelling in the field of education, business, politics, and community activities. Having been born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, as a minority, Christian Armenian, Marta’s dream was to immigrate to the U.S. where immigrants were given the opportunity to integrate easily and pursue their dreams.

Today under her guidance and leadership, her company has become one of the largest real estate investment companies in South Florida, with marketable assets of over $1.6 Billion. In addition to her business leadership, Marta has demonstrated leadership through founding, funding, and volunteering for over 39 countywide as well as national organizations as a chairman, trustee, and directorship positions throughout the years of her residency in South Florida. She has started and chaired several community Advisory boards at financial institutions like Union Bank, Florida National Bank, and First Union National Bank. She is actively involved in local and national politics, having been nominated by the Republican Party for Massachusetts Senate in 1982. Since 2003, she has served the State of Florida Task Force on Holocaust Education Board.

Mrs. Pontish Yeramyan, Assistant Secretary

Mrs. Pontish Yeramyan, Assistant Secretary

Pontish Yeramyan has dedicated her life to individuals and organizations making a difference in the world and going beyond the limits of what they see possible. In partnership with senior organizational leaders, she is redefining the 21st Century organization, bringing purpose, passion for growth, relentless innovation, customer oneness and breakthrough performance environments to organizations. Ms. Yeramyan is the CEO and founder of Gap International, a global management consulting company whose purpose is transforming organizations, transforming the world.

For over 30 years, Ms. Yeramyan has worked with CEOs of FORTUNE and Global 500 companies in leading major growth initiatives that change the trajectory of performance. She created groundbreaking programs in organizational alignment and leveraging the genius of people. She has brought innovative thinking to leadership through her consulting and coaching. More recently Ms. Yeramyan has been a contributing writer to BusinessWeek.com, Forbes.com and the Huffington Post.

In addition to serving on the FAR Board of Directors, Ms. Yeramyan has consulted with the Commissioner and executive team of the Delaware State Prison System as well as the Diocese of the Armenian Church. She is a major contributor to the Hunger Project, a global organization committed to ending world hunger, and received the Corporate Vision Award from Girls Inc in 2006. In 2012 Ms. Yeramyan was a mentor in the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.

Before starting Gap International, Ms. Yeramyan was instrumental in establishing the English as a Second Language Department at Temple University and later consulted family-held businesses through The Wharton Applied Research Center.

Ms. Yeramyan received a B.A. in psychology and linguistics from Barnard College and an M.A. in linguistics from Michigan State University.

Mr. Nishan Atinizian

Mr. Nishan Atinizian

Mr. Nishan Atinizian is a businessman from Boston with a deep commitment to the Armenian Church and Armenia. He is a Centennial benefactor of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and has been awarded the St. Gregory Medal for his dedication and service. Mr. Atinizian travels frequently to Armenia and contributes to its development. After seven years of arduous work and negotiation, he and a group of investors opened the Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan in 2004.

Mr. Armen A. Avanessians

Mr. Armen A. Avanessians

Armen is the global head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s (GSAM) quantitative, rules-based and indexing businesses. Prior to joining GSAM in 2011, Armen served as head of Strats, a global group responsible for the application of mathematical, quantitative and algorithmic approaches to revenue activities in the Securities, Investment Management and Investment Banking Divisions. In over two decades in this role, he was instrumental in developing the teams, practices and platform (SecDb), which collectively drive the commercial application of analytics across most of the firm’s activities today. Armen served on the Securities Division Executive Committee for more than eight years. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1985 as a foreign exchange strategist and was named partner in 1994.

Prior to joining the firm, Armen was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill. Armen earned a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 and an MS from Columbia University in 1983. Armen is a trustee of Columbia University and chairs its Audit Committee. He is also chairman of the Financial Engineering Advisory Committee at Columbia and co-chairman of the MIT Corporation Development Committee of New York. Armen is a member of the Engineering Council at MIT, the MIT Sloan Finance Group Advisory Board, the MIT Corporation Department of Economics Visiting Committee, and the Steering Committee of the Masters in Financial Engineering Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as a trustee of the Loyola School and is a board member of Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR).

Ms. Bonnie Barsamian

Ms. Bonnie Barsamian

Bonnie A. Barsamian, Co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance practice, represents issuers and investment banks in public and private securities offerings and other corporate finance transactions. Ms. Barsamian also advises public and private companies, special committees, and financial advisers in U.S. and cross border merger and acquisition transactions. She regularly counsels clients in corporate governance matters, advising public companies and their boards of directors on a range of issues, including fiduciary duties, risk management, board oversight, proxy disclosure, and leadership structure. Ms. Barsamian’s experience covers a broad range of industries, including the real estate investment trust (REIT), media and entertainment, financial institutions and specialty finance, and industrial and consumer products sectors.

Ms. Barsamian has been designated as one of the top capital markets lawyers in the United States in the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions of Chambers USA, a leading referral guide based on the opinions of peers and clients. In recent editions, she has been praised as a “stand-out figure” who is “unflappable,” “exceptionally bright, tough and has all the answers.” She has also been recognized by Chambers as a “notable practitioner” for her work on REITs, and has been described as “well versed in corporate transactional and securities law.” In addition, Ms. Barsamian has been recognized for her work in a range of capital market areas, including debt and equity offerings, by The Legal 500 (U.S.), where she has been described as having “a great understanding of the capital markets and the industry” and is credited as a “driving force” and “key player” in Dechert’s corporate finance practice. The Legal 500 also noted that Ms. Barsamian “provides an unparalleled level of service, always gives top rate advice and is a leading light in any situation,” and is a “REIT rockstar.” She has also been recognized as a leading dealmaker in The Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers. In addition, Ms. Barsamian has been designated to serve as an outside expert on RiskMetric Group’s Governance Exchange.

Ms. Barsamian serves on Amherst College’s Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee and chairs major fundraising for her class. She also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees for the Emma Willard School, the oldest girl’s school in the United States, and is a member of that Board’s Investment Committee.

Dr. Aram Chobanian

Dr. Aram Chobanian

Aram V. Chobanian has previously served as President of Boston University, Dean of the School of Medicine, and Provost of the Boston University Medical Campus. He founded the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute at the Boston University School of Medicine in 1973, and oversaw its rapid development into a center for pioneering research into the biological and clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Chobanian played a leading role in the merger of Boston City Hospital with Boston University Medical Center Hospital to create Boston Medical Center and in the development of the BioSquare Research Park.

Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007, Dr. Chobanian is also the recipient of an honorary degree from Boston University as well as of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Massachusetts Medical Society. He has received numerous awards for his basic and clinical research on cardiovascular diseases. These include the First Lifetime Achievement Award in Hypertension of the American Heart Association, the Modern Medicine Award, the Award of Merit of the American Heart Association, the Abbott Award of the American Society of Hypertension and the Freis Award of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program. He chaired the Fourth and Seventh Joint National Committees on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure of the NIH. He has published more than 250 papers and two books, and has chaired the Publications Committee of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Chobanian has been involved in several programs to improve health care in Armenia. These have included the training of Armenian physicians, nurses, and other health professionals in emergency medicine, trauma care, and health care management; development of medical residency and post-graduate educational programs; establishment of a successful medical student elective program for US medical students to spend one to two months in Armenian hospitals and clinics; and provision of medical equipment, supplies, and medications to Armenia. He has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Armenian National Academy of Science. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal from the Yerevan Medical University and chairs its International Advisory Board. Catholicos Aram I has bestowed the St. Mesrob-Mashtots Medal on Dr. Chobanian.

Mr. James Kalustian

Mr.  James Kalustian

James Kalustian is a healthcare entrepreneur, independent consultant and investor.  Most recently, Jim served as the Chief Operating Officer of RxAnte Inc., a healthcare technology, predictive modeling and analytics company. He is also past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Ambassadors Group, Inc.

Before joining RxAnte, he co-founded Health Resources Information Network, Inc., where he worked until 2012. He has also served on the Executive Committee for the Fair Isaac Corporation, and was co-founder of Braun Consulting and Vertex Partners.

An ordained deacon, James has served on the Diocesan Council since 2001, having served as its Treasurer and currently as its Chair. He also holds a position on the Supreme Spiritual Council, where he has served since 2003. James is also active in his home church of Holy Trinity in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has served as chair of the parish council and its trust fund.

He is also highly involved in the Armenian community as President of the Armenian Heritage Foundation, Developers of Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and as a member of the Armenian Assembly. He is a former board member of the National Association for Armenian Studies & Research (NAASR). In addition, James is a Visiting Committee member at Massachusetts General Hospital and was recently elected as Chair of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Board.

He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian

Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian

Fr. Yeprem Kelegian was born to Kegham and Mary (Gengozian) Kelegian, in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree, he was accepted into St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. He received his Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary.

Fr. Yeprem has had the joy and privilege of serving in several parishes. He served as deacon-in-charge and pastor of Holy Shoghagat Church of Belleville, IL, for five years; as associate pastor at St. James Church of Watertown, MA, for three years; as pastor of St. George Church of Hartford, CT, for 12 years; and as pastor of St. Mesrob Chruch of Racine, WI, for 23 years.

He was ordained as both a deacon and priest by Archbishop Torkom Manoogian. In 1977, he married Judy Tourijigian of St. Louis, MO. They have two daughters, Talene and Marisa.

Fr. Yeprem continued his education during his ministry, including taking elementary education courses from Southern Illinois University and gaining certification to teach in Illinois. He received his master’s degree in pastoral counseling from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT.

Fr. Yeprem retired as pastor of St. Mesrob Church after leading the parish from 1993 to 2016.

Besides his parish work, Fr. Yeprem has enjoyed working with the youth as the New England ACYOA Juniors coordinator for eight years. For more than a dozen years, he has been on staff at St. Vartan and Hye Camps. He has also served as the spiritual director of St. Nersess Seminary for seven years. Since 1995 he has served on the Diocesan Council.

Mr. Edward Mardigian

Edward Mardigian

A native of Detroit, Edward and his siblings were taught early on to be involved in the Armenian community. He was born into one of the most active “first families” of America’s Armenian communities, and his father Edward Mardigian, Sr., was one of its great leaders in business and philanthropy. “My parents taught us to want to give back; they communicated that this country had been good to them,” he said. “My father focused on the Armenian community but he wanted to serve everyone.”

In one of the largest donations ever received by FAR, Edward and his wife Janet through their Helen and Edward Mardigian Family Foundation, helped to launch the five-year initiative Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Developing Thriving Communities, which aims to relieve the strain of poverty, diminish its effects, and provide a path to self-sufficiency for children and families in Armenia’s Tavush province, one of the country’s poorest.

Children’s health and welfare has always been very close to Mardigian’s hearts. In 2008, Edward and Janet founded the “Mardigian Family Child Protection Foundation” for the continuous support of the FAR Children’s Center, Armenia’s only full-service crisis intervention and rehabilitation center for vulnerable children.

In addition, the Mardigians, together with world-renowned rock musicians Ian Gillan of Deep Purple and Tommy Iommi of Black Sabbath, funded the construction of the Gyumri Octet Music School, which re-opened in 2013, 25 years after it was destroyed by an earthquake. The Mardigian family is behind many of the Diocesan (Eastern, US) Youth and Education programs. They also continually support hospitals, educational institutions, and other organizations in the larger community in Detroit and other parts of the United States.

Ms. Sandra Shahinian

Ms. Sandra Shahinian

Sandra Shahinian has held various leadership positions in the Armenian

Church, including Diocesan Council and Diocesan Trustee. At her home parish of St. Leon in NJ, she was Parish Council Chair and Delegate.

Ms. Shahinian was named Armenian Church Member of the Year for 2017 at the Diocesan Assembly.

Among the special projects and events at the Diocesan Center that she has coordinated are the installation of Michael Aram’s Immigrations sculpture on the St. Vartan Plaza for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide and the 2018 exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the Cathedral.

Her dedication to empowering Armenian youth has been steadfast: support to Gyumri IT Center, Summer Camp for orphans, Special educational

programs for Syrian Armenian children, Holy See’s Gyumri Youth Center, scholarships at the American University of Armenia for women in science and technology, are just some of the many programs she guided and sponsored to establish in Armenia, which have become a truly life changing enterprises for thousands of Armenia’s younger generation.

In recognition of her volunteer work with homeless women and children, she was named the 2018 Visions of Hope honoree of Eva’s Village of Paterson, New Jersey at their annual gala.

She leads tours at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in NYC, connecting art and faith practice, a longstanding interest. She holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in NY, and spent a year as a student at Yerevan State University.

Sandra has three children and a granddaughter.

Mr. Gregory Toufayan

Mr. Gregory Toufayan

Born April 10, 1973 in Denville, New Jersey to Harry and Suzanne Toufayan, Gregory Artin Toufayan was raised in New Jersey and attended and graduated Bayley Ellard Catholic High School in Madison, NJ.

He was ordained and served every Sunday as Thubeer and Orarageer for St. Mary’s Armenian Church, Livingston, NJ until his high school graduation. He attended their Armenian School until graduation as well as served as president of the ACYOA St. Mary chapter for one year.

Mr. Toufayan graduated from Hofstra University with a BBA in Business Administration during which time he served as Vice President of his fraternity for 2 consecutive years, working part time in retail sales during semesters, and full time during the summers for his family’s baking company.

After graduation Mr. Toufayan worked and lived in Orlando, Florida and spent 8 years between there and a short time in Kansas working for his families’ baking business.

During this time in Orlando he served on the altar for St. Garabed Armenian Church, Windemere, Florida as well as a member of its parish council for 2 years.

In 2001 Mr. Toufayan returned to Northern New Jersey to live, got married, and has been managing their business from the headquarters in Ridgefield, NJ since then. His wife, Meline’ Toufayan, and Mr. Toufayan are blessed to have one daughter, Sirahn, and two sons, Sevan and Artin all between the ages of 1 and 4 years old.

Mr. Toufayan has been a board member of the Armenian Medical Fund since 2008 until present day and in that time actively planned and executed one social fundraising event as a co-chair and recruited a new board member. This organization has for many years and still does serve the Azuniyeh sanatorium in Lebanon but now also serves to fund projects to promote the prevention or thoracic disease in Armenia, most recently even supporting Armenia Fund with a hospital project (Martuni hospital) in Karabagh.

Most recently Mr. Toufayan became a board member of the Armenian Nursing and Rehab Center in Emerson, NJ. He volunteered to be the chair of the construction project to build a new home on the same property adjacent to the existing and has been very actively working to move this long awaited project forward.

In addition to spending time with his family and working, Mr. Toufayan has always enjoyed playing and listening to music, playing ice hockey, flyfishing, and hunting.

Mr. Garnik Nanagoulian, Executive Director

Mr. Garnik Nanagoulian, Executive Director

Mr. Garnik Nanagoulian is a former Minister of Industry and Trade and senior diplomat who served as Armenia’s Ambassador to Canada as well as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Armenian Embassy in Washington, D.C. As an active member of the government of Armenia, Mr. Nanagoulian helped design and implement structural reforms during Armenia’s transition from a totalitarian regime to a democracy. He played an essential role in shaping the government’s policy to create a favorable environment for the development of a free market economy.

Following his tenure in public service, Mr. Nanagoulian was a Fellow and an Associate at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He has lectured and participated in workshops in the Harvard and Boston-area university communities, as well as conducted research on various Transcaucasusian issues.

Throughout his career, Mr. Nanagoulian developed a keen know-how of nonprofit organizations. In the diplomatic service and as a member of government, he coordinated a number of humanitarian and technical assistance projects provided by foreign governments and internationals NGOs. Since moving to the U.S., he has been a consultant to multinational companies and nonprofit organizations on issues related to the former Soviet Union.

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