ANC-PAC Announces Endorsemen’s for GUSD Board of Education, GCC Board of Trustees

GLENDALE–Less than a week after publicizing its endorsement of Councilmember Rafi Manoukian and Greg Krikorian for Glendale City Council, the Armenian National Committee Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) announced its endorsement of incumbent Mary Boger and community activist Nayiri Nahabedian for the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) Board of Education, and current GCC Board of Trustees Tony Tartaglia and Dr. Vahe Peroomian for the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees. "We wanted to make sure we took the time to meet with candidates as well as community members in order to make a well informed endorsement decision," stated Pierre Chraghchian. "There were many qualified candidates with a passion for the community who would have made a substantial contribution to the public. However, we feel that the candidates we chose have the qualities that best fit the community’s needs," added Chraghchian. Professor Nayiri Nahabedian, candidate for GUSD Board of Education, is a product of our local Glendale schools. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s from the School of Public Policy and Social Research. A current faculty member at CSULA who specializes in the areas of children and families, Professor Nahabedian has actively served our community as one of the founding members of the Generation Next Mentorship Program and by helping parents and teachers while working with Haykakan Azgayin Khorhurd. Incumbent Mary Boger, a resident of Glendale for nearly thirty years and a Member of the GUSD Board of Education, has always been an active participant in the community. She has chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel on Parks, Recreation and Open Space and co-chaired the Citizens Memorial Advisory Committee. Recognized by Congressman Adam Schiff as a Congressional Woman of the Year and by the News-Press as a Woman of Achievement, Ms. Boger has also received one of the first three Honorary Degrees presented by Glendale Community College. Tony Tartaglia, candidate for GCC Board of Trustees, is a Public Affairs Manager for the Southern California Gas Company, where he as worked for over seventeen years. With a degree in mechanical engineering from CSUN and a Master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University, Mr. Tartaglia has served and is currently serving on many boards and organizations throughout southern California, including the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, Glendale College Foundation, New Horizon’s Family Center (Glendale) and the Burbank Unified School District Partnership Advisory Board. Dr. Vahe Peroomian, a current member of the GCC Board of Trustees, is currently a researcher specializing in magnetospheric physics and space weather at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA, with funding from NASA and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Peroomian received his Bachelor, Master and PhD. degrees in physics from UCLA. He was appointed as a GCC Trustee in June 2005 from a field of 16 candidates. An educator for over 18 years, he has earned the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy Outstanding Teaching Award in four consecutive academic years. Dr. Peroomian has also served as the Science Content Area Chair for the Southern California campus of the University of Phoenix and currently resides in Glendale with his wife and children. "We feel that the candidates endorsed have a strong track record of commitment to the community and an overall understanding of the needs of the school district and the GCC Board of Trustees," stated ANC-PAC spokesperson George Garikian. "We are confident in our decision and look forward to working with them on the campaign trail." The ANC-PAC will spend the next 6 weeks encouraging people to volunteer on campaigns and go out and vote on April 3. The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support political candidates who share the values of the Armenian American community.

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