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Armenian Assembly of America Confirms Board Slate at Annual Meeting

Updated: Jul 6, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) convened its annual Trustees meeting in Boca Raton, Florida last month. The Trustees confirmed the Board slate presented by the Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, which consisted of Lisa Kalustian along with Assembly Secretary Oscar Tatosian and Board Member and Life Trustee Lu Ann Ohanian, was confirmed. Co-Chairmen Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian, Assistant Secretary Lisa Kalustian, and Talin Yacoubian were elected to a four-year Board term.

The Assembly’s Board of Trustees include Anthony Barsamian (MA), Co-Chairman; Van Krikorian (NY), Co-Chairman; Hirair Hovnanian (NJ), Chairman Emeritus; Carolyn Mugar (MA), President; Robert A. Kaloosdian (MA), Vice Chairman and Counselor; Edele Hovnanian (NJ), Vice President; Bianka Kadian-Dodov (NY), Treasurer; Oscar Tatosian (IL), Secretary; Lisa Kalustian (CA), Assistant Secretary; Aram Gavoor (DC); Alex Karapetian (NY); Raffi Kassarjian (CA and Armenia); Lu Ann Ohanian (MA); Toros Sahakian (NJ); Joyce Stein (CA); Annie Totah (MD); and Talin Yacoubian (CA). Mark Momjian (PA) will continue to serve as Solicitor.

The Assembly is pleased to welcome Talin Yacoubian as the newest member of the Assembly’s Board of Trustees. Yacoubian has been actively involved in the Armenian American community in Southern California for many years. She has been a long-time member of the Assembly’s Southern California Regional Council. She was appointed as the Chairwoman of AGBU Western District in 2015 and served as the co-chair of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorative Committee responsible for planning and organizing the “March for Justice” where 160,000 people turned out in Los Angeles last April. Yacoubian also serves on the boards of AGBU Hye Geen and Armenia Fund.   

“Talin’s skill as a leading advocate, both professionally and within the Armenian community, will greatly enhance our Board of Trustees,” said Assembly Co-Chairmen Barsamian and Krikorian. "We would like to thank out-going Board Member Rachel Kaprielian for her dedication to the Assembly’s work and congratulate Rachel on her recent appointment as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Regional Director for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont,“ Assembly Co-Chairmen Barsamian and Krikorian added.

Yacoubian received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pomona College and her Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Yacoubian is a partner and founding member of Yacoubian & Powell, LLP and was recently appointed to serve as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Glendale.

"I am very proud of the good work that the Armenian Assembly of America has been doing, especially in Washington for the last 44 years,” Yacoubian said. “I look forward to working with the Assembly’s dedicated board, staff, and membership,” she added.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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