Armenia Fund Elects New Executive Board

LOS ANGELES–Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region is pleased to announce the recent formation of its Executive Board at its first Board of Directors meeting.

At the initiative of the newly elected President of Armenia Fund, Inc., Ara Aghishian, Esq, on Thursday, April 30 the Board of Directors convened to form the Executive Board (Divan). This marked the first time the newly composed Board of Directors met for fiscal year 2009. At the recommendation of Aghishian, all present directors unanimously approved the appointment of the following individuals to their respective executive positions: Koko Balian, Vice President; Suzy Antounian, Esq. Chief Financial Officer; Dr. Jouleta Grigorian, Secretary; and Dr. Jack Sarkisian, Advisor.

Koko Balian, a long time community leader in the U.S., has graciously served on the Homenetmen U.S. Western Region board, as well as the World Executive Committee, the organization’s international governing body.

Suzy Antounian, a taxation and estate attorney by profession, is a very active member of the greater Armenian-American community of the Bay Area. Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Antounian spearheaded fundraising efforts for a milk collection unit in the Tavush region of Armenia, part of the Armenia Fund’s Rural Development Program.

Dr. Jouleta Grigorian, a long time Armenian Relief Society member, is active with the Armenian-American community of Montebello, CA.

Dr. Jack Sarkisian, a family physician by profession, is an active member of the Armenian American Medical Society of California.

Present at the Armenia Fund, Inc. Board of Directors meeting in their respective representative capacity were, Leonard Manoukian, Armenian Cultural Foundation; Hrayr Sherikian, Armenian Catholic Eparchy; Dr. Vahe Charkhutian, Armenian General Benevolent Union SCDC; Ms. Sossie Poladian, Armenian Relief Society of Western USA; Khachig Janoyan, Tekeyan Cultural Association; Raffi Kendirjian, Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of N.A.; Meher Der Ohanessian, Western Prelacy of the Armenian Church of America; and Yeghig Keshishian, Armenian Assembly of America. Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Greg Zeronian of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America and a representative from Nor Serount Cultural Association were not present.

Armenia Fund, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1994 to facilitate large-scale humanitarian and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Since 1991, Armenia Fund has rendered more than $190 million in development aid to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Armenia Fund, Inc. is the U.S. Western Region affiliate of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund. Tax ID# 95-448569

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