Father Hovnan Demerjian earned his B.A. from Boston College and M.A. in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.   From 1996 to 1998, he taught in the public schools of Armenia as a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, an experience that motivated him to establish the Armenian Volunteer Corps in 2000.  Father Hovnan returned to the United States in 2003 and joined the staff of the Diocese of the Armenian Church, where he pioneered a program to connect Armenian college students with the church.  He graduated from St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in 2007 with a certificate in Armenian Studies, and following his ordination as a priest in June, he was assigned to St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida.

Tamar Hajian, former vice-president and general counsel of Brandeis University, earned her J.D. from Boston College and LL.M. in taxation from Boston University.  Hajian’s expertise in non-profit law - she headed the American Bar Association General Practice Section's Non-Profit Law Committee for several years – has proved beneficial, given the central importance of non-profit organizations to the evolution of civil society and the rule of law in developing nations. She first traveled to Armenia in 1967 and currently visits several times a year.  In 1998, she co-founded the international legal firm Arlex, based in Yerevan.  Hajian resides in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Dr. Tom Samuelian holds his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He is the author of numerous books, articles, reviews and translations in the fields of Armenian language, literature and history, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and St. Nersess Seminary.  He practiced corporate law in Washington, D.C.; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Moscow, and is now based in Yerevan.  Samuelian co-founded Arlex International Ltd., a public interest law practice in Armenia.  Arlex also houses a range of development projects and has aided countless diasporan Armenians to integrate into Armenia.



Edele Hovnanian has been making trips to Armenia once or twice a year since the late 70s, personally experiencing many of the youth oriented educational, cultural and volunteer service programs in Armenia. Her participation in such programs led her to assume strong leadership positions within two organizations, serving as President of the Land and Culture Organization (LCO-USA) and Board member of its international umbrella organization, Union internationale des organizations Terre et Culture (UIOTC) in France for over a decade, as well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors with the Armenian Assembly of America since 1991.

She is currently the President of Hovnanian Property Management Inc., Hovnanian Senior Housing Services, Inc. and Hovnanian Investment Corporation, which are the primary entities that  encompass  the H. Hovnanian family office she now runs. The H. Hovnanian family office not only manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of health care, commercial and residential projects, but also  manages the investments  for the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation which  is well on its way  to its target market value of over a half a billion dollars.

Edele Hovnanian holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and joint B.S. degrees in Finance and Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. However, it was her study abroad program at the University of Yerevan from 1982-1983 that proved to be the educational experience that was the most life changing for her. She resides in New Jersey.

Linda Yepoyan has 25 years of diverse project management experience, the last 17 having been within the non-profit sector. Since living in Armenia from 1989-1992, she has maintained many homeland ties and relationships that take her back regularly. Among her many accomplishments, the 1993 creation of the NGO Training and Resource Center in Armenia remains high on her list of initiatives that contributed to Armenia's development and strengthened the lives of many people globally. Yepoyan is a graduate of The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She resides in Wynnewood, PA with her husband, artist Armen Yepoyan, and their three children, Soseh, Sevag and Serop.

Anoush Rima Tatevossian was a volunteer with AVC in the summer and fall of 2004. Tatevossian later lived and worked in Armenia as the Director of the Armenian Volunteer Corps between 2006 and 2007. She is currently based in New York as the Strategic Communications Officer for UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative out of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Tatevossian holds a B.A. in Political Science from The College of William & Mary, and a Master's in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. She is currently a non-resident research fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.



Tania Chichmanian is a Vancouver, Canada native who grew up in Montreal.  She and her husband relocated to Yerevan in September 2009 after living in Washington, DC for 18 years.  Chichmanian has been actively involved in a number of Armenian organizations including the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Tekeyan Cultural Association.  A graduate of the Universite de Montreal, she has 25 years management experience in advocacy, the performing arts, print and web design, tourism, and television. She joined AVC in August 2011. 


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