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Who We Are

Mission Statement

The Board of Regents of Prelacy Armenian Schools aspires to provide American-Armenian students with a rigorous educational curriculum, while at the same time, preserving and enhancing the Armenian Heritage and Culture by emphasizing the study of the Armenian language, history and religion. With this dual foundation, it is expected that the students will become lifelong learners, valuable and responsible citizens in the communities in which they live as ambassadors of the Armenian people who strive to promote and advance the Armenian cause.

2015-2017 Board of Regents

Lisa Gaboudian

Chairwoman

Lisa Gaboudian earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree from California State University, Northridge. She holds a California Teaching and Administrative Credential, as well as an Armenian Bilingual Credential. She has 37 years of experience in education as a teacher, literacy coach, administrator and instructional director supervising over 25 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has been an active member of the Armenian community and has been appointed to the Board of Regents multiple times since 1995. Mrs. Gaboudian was the lead author of the Prelacy Armenian textbooks. She has been recognized as an accomplished educator by multiple educational organizations.

Dr. Houri Arslanian Keuroghlian

Dr. Houri Arslanian Keuroghlian is an elementary school Teacher Specialist in the Glendale Unified School District.  Previously, she has served as a Special Education teacher at the high school level and has served as a Special Education Teacher Specialist at the district level.  Dr. Keuroghlian has earned her Doctoral degree from the University of Southern California, with a concentration on K-12 Educational Leadership.  She holds an MA in Education, with a concentration in Special Education, and a BA in Psychology.  She has attended Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School, and has been a member of the Board of Regents of Prelacy Armenian Schools since 2009.

Armineh Papazian

Armineh Papazian currently serves as the Principal of Clifford Math and Technology Magnet Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has served in various positions in the district throughout the last 27 years, including teaching students in grades kindergarten through grade 6 in inner city schools and as an administrator for the past 12 years. She has also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in adult education. Mrs. Papazian has served for a number of years as the President of the Armenian-American Educators Association and is currently a member of various other educational and social organizations. She has four children and is passionate about helping all children maintain their curiosity and develop a love of learning.

Sarkis Ourfalian

Sarkis Ourfalian has been an attorney for nearly thirty years and a partner at Ourfalian & Ourfalian since 1998. He has served as the Chairman of the Levon & Hasmig Tavlian Preschool & Kindergarten for eight years and as a member of the Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School Board for four years. He has also been a member of the Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation for the past four years and is currently on the advisory board. Mr. Ourfalian is married to Laura and has two beautiful children, Talar and Sebou.

Azita Avedissian

Azita Avedissian is an attorney with more than 24 years of experience. Ms. Avedissian has been a Partner in a prominent Los Angeles law firm, specializing in family law. She has been an active member of various professional associations, such as the Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles County Bar Associations, serving on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Family Law Section. Since 2012, Ms. Avedissian has served on the Board of Regents of the Prelacy Armenian Schools and been a liaison to Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School. Ms. Avedissian is deeply committed to the mission of the Board of Regents in providing academic excellence to all students attending Prelacy Armenian Schools. Ms. Avedissian is married and a Prelacy Armenian School parent.

Dr. Valentina Ogaryan

Dr. Valentina Ogaryan is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship training at APA Accredited Tarzana Treatment Centers, where she works closely in a multidisciplinary team assisting patients with severe mental illness. Dr. Ogaryan recently defended her doctoral dissertation focusing on Armenian American parental attitudes towards children’s mental health issues. She has served in a wide variety of clinical roles throughout her educational and professional training, including working with children and families from underprivileged backgrounds and chronic mental illnesses. She is passionate about furthering her training next year as a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology. She is passionate about the interplay between identity and culture with children, and strives to find ways to cultivate her passion in education and learning.

Lena Kortoshian

Lena Kortoshian currently serves as the Principal of Clark Magnet High School in the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD). She is a proud graduate of Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School and pursued her studies in mathematics at California State University, Northridge. Mrs. Kortoshian has served as an instructional assistant, math teacher, and administrator in the GUSD for 30 years and was an instrumental leader for math curriculum integration and teacher training with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Mrs. Kortoshian believes that every student can learn and is proud of how the Armenian Prelacy Schools are preparing students for success in college, career and their future.

Dr. Hasmig Baran

Dr. Hasmig Baran is a long time educator. Currently, she works within the Los Angeles Unified School District and is an adjunct faculty at the California State University Northridge in the Armenian Studies Program. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Haigazian University in Beirut, a member of the Board of Directors of Analysis Research and Planning for Armenia (ARPA), a member of Society for Armenian Studies (SAS), and a member of the Prelacy Armenian Language Revitalization Committee.

Sossi Hovsepian

Sossi Hovsepian holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University and has numerous years of experience working with students and their families in both the private and public school settings. For the past 9 years, she has served as a Student and Families Resources Coordinator/Navigator at the Los Angeles Unified School District, linking students and their families to much needed support services. Prior to that, she worked for many years at Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School as a Counselor/Academic Advisor, guiding students in their college preparation process and coordinating the school’s WASC accreditation. Recently retired, she is a proud parent of two Ferrahian alumni and enjoys the company of her grandchildren who also attend Prelacy Armenian schools.

Dr. Jeannine Topalian

Dr. Jeannine Topalian is a graduate of Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School and has served on the Board of Regents for the past 7 years. Dr. Topalian currently serves as a Specialist in Psychological Services in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has served in various positions in education and mental health for over 20 years. She continuously strives to bridge the gap between school programs and community agencies by overseeing the training and provision of education and mental health programs for the youth of the community by increasing parental involvement. Dr. Topalian works with the district and school administrators, school and support staff, parents, students, and community agencies to implement school-wide instructional and behavioral prevention and intervention programs. She also has extensive knowledge of and works specifically with students with special needs and is certified to assess, evaluate, and service students with neurological disorders, intellectual delays, autism, emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, and other health impairments.

Rafi Kuyumjian

Rafi Kuyumjian has been an active member of various Armenian community organizations from a young age. He has extensive experience and knowledge of finance and school systems and has served as the Chairperson of the Ferrahian School Board for over 7 years. He has served as a board member of the Studio City Chamber of Commerce for 5 years and is the first Armenian-American to be elected on the Neighborhood Council, where he served as President for 5 years. Mr. Kuyumjian is a successful business owner in the San Fernando Valley and the proud parent of two children attending Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School.