Who We Are
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.
2019-2021 Board of Regents
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.
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.
Shakeh Avakian is a retired Special Education Specialist. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in School
Psychology and a Pupil Personnel Credential form California State University, Northridge. Her
professional experience includes 30 years of practice as a School Psychologist, Coordinator of
Special Education Program Services, Dean of Special Education Program, Supervisor of School
Psychologist interns, District Crisis Team member, and Professional Development Provider.
Shakeh has serviced as a Board of Governing Member in both Armenian private and public-
school settings. She has also served as a member of the Department of School Psychology
Advisory Board of Loyola Marymount University. During her employment she was awarded the
Outstanding School Psychologist award from Los Angeles Association of School Psychologist.
Shakeh is a founding member of Ararat Charter School and currently serves as the Chair of
Ararat Charter School’s Governing Board. She recently rejoined the Board of Regents of Prelacy
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.
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. Hasmig Baran
Pattyl Aposhian Kasparian
Pattyl Aposhian Kasparian is the Vice President of Marketing and Development for a large financial institution with more than two decades of experience in business, finance, branding and development. She is active in campus life as a board member of the Caltech Y, a body composed of Caltech leadership and students dedicated to the enhancement of student life. In 2015, Ms. Aposhian was appointed as a Commissioner for the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance, an independent state agency responsible for disciplining judges and enforcing rigorous standards to maintain the integrity and independence of the judicial system. She has also served several terms as a Board Member of the Armenian National Committee Western Region. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and her graduate degree in business with an emphasis in marketing and finance. In 2016, Ms. Aposhian received her Chief Innovation Executive (CIE) accreditation—completing her first year at MIT Sloan School of Management and her second year at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Armen has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the technology, service,
education, and energy industries.
He is currently the Portfolio Manager at the Azusa Pacific University providing leadership to
Information and Media Technologies organization. Previously, for over twenty years, he held
various management positions at Southern California Edison's (a Fortune 500 Company)
key business organizations.
He has served at many boards and committees including:
- ANC Western US Region Board
- ANC Glendale
- Homenetmen Western US Region (Chairman)
- Homenetmen Glendale Chapter (Chairman)
- Armenian Engineers & Scientists Of America (Vice Chairman)
- Tufenkian Preschool Board
- Armenia Fund board
- Boy Scouts of America, Verdugo Hills District
- Red Cross – Capital Fundraising Committee
- Armenia School Foundation (Chairmen)
- Chamlian Armenian School (Chairman)
- ARS Western Region Strategic Planning Committee
- Homenetmen Central Committee Strategic Committee (Chairman)
- Armenian Language Revitalization Committee (ALRC) – Western US Prelacy
- Board of Regents – Western US Prelacy
He has been the recipient of recognition awards by the Red Cross, BSA, City of Glendale,
Homenetmen, Armenia School Foundation and other organizations including a 1 st place
National Marketing Achievement Award by The US Electrification Council.
Armen is the founder of Abrahamian & Associates, a consulting company that provides
business, product/service management, strategy, and technology consulting
services to businesses and non-profits organizations.
Armen holds an MBA degree. He lives in Montrose, California, with his wife, daughter, and son.
Tamar Baboujian is a policy practitioner working for NGOs who serve children internationally. She is a proud Pilibos alumni who went on to receive her Bachelors in Fine Arts and Photojournalism from UC Irvine. She later received her Masters degree in Public Policy, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from USC. Tamar has spent the last 15 years working in the nonprofit sector, developing policy and strategic planning. She is married with two children, and is deeply committed to serving the mission of the Board of Regents.
Silva Kirakosian attended Hripsimiantz School in Beirut, Lebanon and graduated from Ferrahian High School. She has earned her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of California Los Angeles and thereafter obtained her Juris Doctorate degree. She is a practicing attorney since 1989 and a partner at the Law Offices of Kirakosian & Associates. She presently serves on the Court’s Appointed Counsel program where she represents minors and adults with disabilities in Conservatorship and Guardianship cases. Ms. Kirakosian is active in the Armenian community and serves on various committees in Armenian organizations. She is an active member of various professional associations such as the Pasadena Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Probate Section. She has been on the advisory board of InterCoast Colleges. Ms. Kirakosian is a liaison to Armenian Mesrobian School. She is married and her youngest daughter attends Chamlian Armenian School.