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Board of Directors



Executive Board


Chair
Ramon Zorabedian, Chair


Vice Chair
Martha Jamgochian, Vice Chair

Mara Derderian, Treasurer

Susan Chakmakian, Recording Secretary

Nathalie Yaghoobian, Corresponding Secretary



Independent Non-Affiliated Board



Joyce Bagdasarian
2019-2021

George Chakoian
2019-2021

Margaret Chevian
2018-2020

Janet Evans Houser
2018-2020



Mara Derderian
2019-2021

Anna-Marie Danayan

2019-2021

John Harpootian, Esq.

2018-2020

Martha Jamgochian

2019-2021



Varoujan Karentz

2018-2020

Marjorie Martiesian

2019-2021

Sondra Pitts

2018-2020

Ramon Zorabedian

2018-2020


Organization Board Members


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Ararat Association
Ararat Association
Richard Papazian, Representative

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Armenian Chorale of Rhode Island
Armenian Chorale of Rhode Island

The Armenian Chorale of Rhode Island is a group of musically talented individuals who perform traditional and modern Armenian music under the direction of Maestro Konstantin Petrossian.

Lisa M. Zaroogian, Representative


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Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA)
Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA)
Website

The Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) is the national youth program of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. It was created on January 12, 1946 in Providence, Rhode Island.


Christina Parnagian, Representative


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Armenian Cultural Committee
Armenian Cultural Committee
Website

Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church Cultural Committee. This committee is dedicated to sharing Armenian heritage and culture through artistic and musical performances such as annual cafe nights and youth talent shows, as well as hosting an Arts Education Program for children.

Shirley Ventrone, Representative


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Armenian Evangelical Church (and affiliated organizations)
Armenian Evangelical Church (and affiliated organizations)

In 1889, several immigrant families, bound by their Armenian identity and their Protestant Evangelical faith, united in weekly prayer.  Within two years, these founding families organized as a church and held regular weekly worship services in the Beneficent Congregational Church, in Providence, RI.

Susan Chakmakian, Representative


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Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)
Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)

Website

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding the Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, AGBU is committed to making a difference in the lives of 500,000 people across Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian diaspora.

No representative at this time.


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Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Committee
Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Committee

Website

Members of the Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Apostolic ChurchArmenian Evangelical Church (formerly Euphrates Evangelical Church), and Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church informally met to erect a memorial dedicated to the Armenian Martyrs of 1915. On April 24, 1977, the solemn dedication of the Armenian Martyrs' Memorial took place. Each year, on the first Sunday following April 24, the entire Armenian community conducts a service to perpetuate the memories of those who lost their lives in the Genocide of 1915.

Joyce Yeremian, Representative


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Armenian Radio Hour
Armenian Radio Hour

Website

Heritage, culture, tradition. Armenians are proud of it, and wherever Armenian songs are heard there Armenia lives – a quote by Russell Gasparian, Founder.

Manoog Kaprielian, Representative


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Armenian Relief Society (ARS), Ani Chapter, Arax Chapter
Armenian Relief Society (ARS), Ani Chapter, Arax Chapter

Website

The Armenian Relief Society, founded in 1910, is an independent, nonsectarian, philanthropic society serving the humanitarian, social and educational needs of Armenians and non-Armenians alike. It operates as a non-governmental organization and has entities in 27 countries.

Ani Chapter – Jean Michael, Shakay Kizirian, Arax Misakian, Representatives

Arax Chapter – Manoushag Krikorian, Representative


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Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF)
Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF)

Website

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation, also known as Dashnaktsutyun, is an Armenian nationalist and socialist political party founded in 1890 in Tiflis, Russian Empire by Christapor Mikaelian, Stepan Zorian, and Simon Zavarian. 

Hagop Donoyan, Representative



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Armenian Students’ Association (ASA)
Armenian Students’ Association (ASA)

Website

The focus of ASA is both educational and charitable, in that it encourages educational pursuits by Armenians in America and the raising of their intellectual standards by providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships and loans. 

Jason Martiesian, Representative


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Armenian Youth Federation (AYF)
Armenian Youth Federation (AYF)

Website

The Armenian Youth Federation is the youth organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. Founded in 1933, the AYF became a global Armenian organization.

Anna-Marie Danayan, Representative



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Govdoon Youth of America
Govdoon Youth of America

Govdoon is a village about 20 kilometers east of Sivas, the capital of Sepastia. Pre-genocide, there were 250 Armenian families and only three Turkish families.

Joyce Yeremian, Representative


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Hamazkayin Society of Providence
Hamazkayin Society of Providence

Website

Hamazkayin, short for Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, is a major cultural organization of the Armenian Diaspora, with a presence in every significant Armenian community worldwide.  Founded in May 1928.

Sarkis Tarpinian, Representative


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Homenetmen Providence
Homenetmen Providence

Website

Homenetmen is a pan-Armenian diaspora organization devoted to sports and scouting. The motto of Homenetmen is "Rise and Raise". Founded in 1918.

Sarkis Tarpinian, Representative


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Husenig Foundation
Husenig Foundation

Founded in Rhode Island in 1954, it perpetuates the cultural identity of the Husenig Kharpetsees.  Husenig Grove in Rehoboth, MA provides a summertime Sunday picnic venue.

Greta Janigian, Representative


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Knights and Daughters of Vartan
Knights and Daughters of Vartan

Website

The Knights and Daughters are dedicated to the preservation of the Republic of Armenia and the perpetuation of the cultural and historical traditions of the Armenian people by promoting various social, charitable, and educational functions.

Hosanna Derderian, Representative – DOV

Art Yarumian, Representative - KOV


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Memory, Dignity, Justice Association
Memory, Dignity, Justice Association

To preserve the history of Armenians from Azerbaijan and to educate the Armenian and larger community about our heritage.

Garen Bagdasarian, Representative


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National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

Website

Founded in 1955, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) is an independent non-profit membership organization, and one of the world's leading Armenian Studies centers and rare book libraries. NAASR advances education and scholarship through Armenian Studies, offers high-quality public programming, and supports and connects scholars of Armenian Studies worldwide with each other and a broad general public to build a global community, expand horizons, and preserve and enrich Armenian culture, history, and identity for future generations.

There is no representative at this time.

 

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Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church (and affiliated organizations)
Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church (and affiliated organizations)

Website

In  Providence, the Armenian community  the population grew to thirty-five by 1888.  As the community grew in number due to the Hamidian massacres and other pogroms in the Ottoman empire, the census grew.  The immigrants established an Armenian National Library Association as well as a  Parish Council.
 

In August, 1913 the Armenians raised funds to purchase the Jefferson Street Baptist Church. The first Badarak (Divine Liturgy) was held on January 19, 1914.  On June 7, 1914, Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church was consecrated by Bishop Moushegh Seropian assisted by Reverend Shahe Kasparian, Very Reverend Dripon Bidzagian, and Vicar General Reverend Manigian.

Nathalie Yaghoobian, Representative


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Women’s Guild
Women’s Guild

Website

Zita Butler Representative


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Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church(and affiliated organizations)
Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church(and affiliated organizations)

Website

The political situation causing a split in the church, resulted in an imperative for an additional church.  A Board of Trustees was elected.  And in June 1940, an Episcopalian church was purchased and was consecrated and renamed Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church by the pastor, Rev. Yeghishe Gasparian, the Rev. Hoosig Nakhnikian, the Rev. Archpriest Nishan Papazian, the Rev. Archpriest Stepan Garabedian and the Rev. Archpriest Matteos Manigian. 

Margaret Stepanian, Representative


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Ladies’ Guild
Ladies’ Guild

Formed to provide assistance to Sts. Vartanantz Church as well as to serve and assist the Providence Armenian community.

Sophie Garabedian, Representative


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Men’s Club
Men’s Club

Community work includes cleanup of the Oaklawn cemetery. Formed in an effort to assist the Church and those in the Providence Armenian community.

Tom Kizirian, Representative