Board of Directors

Board Members:

Nerses Aposhian (Treasurer), Varoujan Baghdassarian, Christopher Cofer, Gareen Darakjian (Secretary), Harold DeMirjian, Levon Filian, Louisa Janbazian, Pastor Harut Khatchatryan, Diana Mangioglu, Rev. Serop Megerditchian, Jacqueline Melkonyan, Dr. Vahe Nalbandian, Betty Nazarian, Dr. Tzoler Oukayan (Chair), George Phillips, Jr., Ovsanna Takvoryan (Resource), and Vatche Terzian (Vice Chair).

To our great Merdinian Monarchs! It is a great honor and a privilege to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Vahe Nalbandian who served in the chair capacity for 10 years. He has put so much time, effort, and care to help lead the Board of Directors through a decade of educational excellence.

This year has been filled with unexpected adventures for our community and the world. Things we never imagine we would experience in the year 2020, we are living them. It is more important than ever that we provide our Armenian American youth with a robust education, rooted in strong Evangelical Christian values. As we opened the virtual doors to our 38th academic year, I could not help noticing the excitement and joy in many of our students’ faces. Their excitement to see their friends, in greeting their teachers, and to finally connect back as Monarchs is truly a blessing.

As we prepared for this academic year, whether as a board, administration, or teachers, Merdinian is stronger and more resilient than ever. Our teachers and administration have been working tirelessly over the last several days, weeks, and months to ensure the continuity of academic excellence and spiritual enrichment for our amazing students.  Ms. Lina, teachers and staff, thank you for doing what you do! Thank you for being positive and ready to serve no matter what the circumstance! We are blessed to have you all leading our Merdinian School.

Parents, thank you for believing in our school and thank you for choosing to be a part of our Merdinian family. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you for trusting us with your children’s education. We are so excited to be back and to see our school thrive another year.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I share that we stay committed to working with our administration and our families to continue building what we know is possible for our school in the year ahead. Again, it is an honor and privilege to serve as the new chair.

On behalf of my colleagues on the board, we wish you and your family a safe and a successful year!

Mrs. Tzoler Oukayan
Chair, Board of Directors