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Rachel Onanian Nadjarian

Executive Director

Rachel comes to AIWA after 24+ years experience designing and executing strategic marketing and fundraising initiatives for non-profits, start-ups, and agencies. Prior to taking on this role, Rachel enjoyed solving strategic challenges as an Independent Consultant, working with numerous clients to design short-term as well as long-range initiatives. Previous clients have included the Armenia Tree Project, the Armenian Prelacy, RVVZ Foundation, IDeA Foundation, The Speyer School, SarkissianMason, Mamus Creative, UC Berkeley Armenian Studies Program, the Armenian Health Alliance, and the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association. Rachel served as Director of Advancement at The Speyer School, where she oversaw the creation of the development and marketing departments, exceeding goals in support of the $13M budget.

Prior to consulting, Rachel held leadership positions in development and marketing at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Museum of Science, Questrom School of Management at Boston University, and Bernard Hodes Advertising.

Rachel received her BA in Economics and Sociology from Wellesley College and her MBA with Certification in Public/Non-Profit Management from Boston University.  She currently serves on the Board of the Aleppo Compatriot Charitable Organization (ACCO). Throughout her life she has served as board/member of numerous organizations, including: Armenian Relief Society, St. Illuminator’s Armenian Cathedral, the Hovnanian School, Armenian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA), the Sayat Nova Dance Company, Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA), the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), and Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge, MA. Born and raised in Boston, she currently lives with her family in Northern Virginia.


Sandra Adourian

Membership and Financial Administrator

Sandra Adourian
, Membership and Financial Administrator, has been with AIWA since 2010. In addition to her time at AIWA, she works as a freelance accountant for small businesses and local organizations.  Prior to becoming a consultant, she worked in the private sector and most recently at a private equity firm in Boston.  She has a BS in Finance from Siena College.  She and her husband live near Boston with their two children.

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Ani L. Kharajian

President of the AIWA Board of Directors

Ani L. Kharajian is the President of the AIWA Board of Directors. She is also Senior Director, New Markets, Executive Education at Harvard Business School (HBS). In her current role, Ani is charged with assessing the viability and potential success for HBS programs in countries around the world. Currently focused on Africa and Latin America, Ani works with senior level stakeholders to develop, design and launch Executive Education programs that will help develop senior leadership in emerging market economies. 

Ani has extensive experience working with leading companies in Latin America, China, Europe, India and Africa in open enrollment and custom executive education programs.  Over a three decade career at HBS, Ani has worked on strategic international projects in Africa, China, Europe, India and Latin America.

Ani has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University and has completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development.  Ani is the President Elect of Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA).

Ani speaks Armenian, English and Spanish and has lived, worked or traveled to forty-nine countries to date and keen to see the rest of the world in the coming years.

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Carolyn Atinizian

Carolyn Atinizian, who holds a BA from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School, is an attorney in Cambridge where she concentrates primarily in the areas of Real Estate and Business Matters.  Currently as Vice President and Real Estate Counsel at Vast Capital Management, Inc. a privately held asset management firm, she is actively involved in all aspects of asset and property management.  In her role, she also provides day-to-day legal advice on a full spectrum of issues, including acquisitions, finance, development, commercial landlord-tenant issues and legal compliance.  She also has a law practice in Cambridge where she represents businesses, buyers and sellers of real estate, lenders, real estate developers and landlords.  She participates in several professional associations and devotes her time to community organizations and pro bono legal work.  She is married and has a daughter. 
Wanting to be involved with a global Armenian organization for women, Carolyn first became interested in AIWA due to its commitment in assisting Armenian women worldwide.  In 2008, she attended her first AIWA International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was incredibly impressed at the caliber of conference speakers and AIWA members and attendees from across the globe.  Involved for close to a decade, she has served AIWA in various capacities, including past President of the New England Affiliate, Vice President and Treasurer of the International Board of Directors and co-chair of AIWA’s 25th Anniversary Weekend Celebration, which took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2016.

Natalie Batmanian

Member, Board of Directors

Natalie Batmanian grew up as a Turkish-Armenian bilingual individual in Istanbul, Turkey, and added French and English to her repertoire of languages after she attended Lycée Notre Dame de Sion in Istanbul. She immigrated to the United States where she received her BA from Hunter College, CUNY, and her Master’s in Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology from Rutgers University. She spent half her career in academia on research in language learning and the other half being the Director of the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Rutgers University. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the Language Acquisition and Processing Laboratory at Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science.
Natalie lives in Central New Jersey with her husband Aret Ratyosyan and her children Alec and Lia. This summer is Natalie’s second visit to Armenia. She will be one of the faculty members at the Yerevan Academy for Linguistics and Philosophy, teaching as part of a two-week summer school at the American University of Armenia.

Flora Dunaians

Member, Board of Directors

Flora is a native of Pasadena, graduating with a BA in Education from California State University. She and her husband George began Western Medical Supply, a veterinary drug distributorship, which has been in business for over 47 years. Her office served as the center for all humanitarian efforts, utilizing their shipping department, sorting out donated items, as well as supplies and medical supplies for Armenia following the devastating earthquake in 1988. The Developmental Services of Armenia was co-founded by Flora, her husband, George, and a group of friends. DSA continues to this day and concentrates on children in need, focusing on schools, computer labs and the renovation of gyms. Flora Dunaians’ philanthropic work generated many memorable occasions, including co-chairing one of the largest banquets in the Armenian community in 1987 for Vasken l, Catholicos of All Armenians. She was honored to serve on the official committees welcoming Pope John Paul II to Armenia, celebrating the 1700 Anniversary of Christianity in Armenia, and the more recent visit of Pope Francis commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Flora is a founding member of the Los Angeles Affiliate, serving since its inception as an ambassador for AIWA and its mission.

Zara Ingilizian

Member, Board of Directors

Zara Ingilizian is a Consumer Industries executive with expertise in general management, marketing, and digital transformation. As Vice President at Kraft Foods and Senior Vice President at Diageo, she has advanced the growth agenda of iconic CPG, lifestyle, and luxury brands. Recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing”, Zara is passionate about creating purpose-driven brands and known for embracing a unique combination of strategic acumen, creative flair and a digital mindset to propel them forward. She has led cross-functional teams to consistently deliver revenue and profit growth for portfolios $2.5B in size, with full P&L responsibility. Fuelled by the desire to drive economic development in her birthplace, Armenia, Zara is the co-founder of a tech startup, Digital Pomegranate. Now, as the Head of Consumer Industries at the World Economic Forum, she is successfully parlaying her business know-how to accelerate the digital transformation of the industry. 
As a global strategist, she is at the table with CEOs of member companies such as Walmart, Unilever, P&G, and IKEA at the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos advancing business and operating model reinvention in socially responsible ways.

Silva Katchiguian

Member, Board of Directors

Silva is an author, advocate, public speaker and a voice-over actress. She writes for the Armenian Observer and has a monthly blog (, where she writes about everyday life situations. Her recent book Moments in Thought: A Personal Journey published by University of La Verne Press in 2018 is a selective collection of her articles. Silva holds Masters in Communication and Public Relations from the University of La Verne and resides in California. Silva is an Advanced Communicator with Toastmasters International and advances members through her public speaking skills. Silva believes in the valuable role that AIWA has in creating a powerful future for women. She is an active member of AIWA and recognizes these are crucial and defining times for women in Armenia and across the globe. Silva works passionately to raise awareness for women’s issues, and to elevate, inspire, encourage and impact the undeniable advancement of women. Prior to her election to the Board, Silva served as president of the Los Angeles Affiliate from 2012-2017.

Veronika Moroian

Member, Board of Directors

Veronika started her career at IBM Argentina, where she was raised after moving from her birthplace Yerevan. She moved to the U.S. to earn her MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management after which she joined Univision Communications, her employer for the past 16 years. Veronika is currently the Vice President of National Sales at Univision New York, leading advertising sales efforts through seven national sales offices. Veronika fluently speaks Armenian, Spanish and English. For Veronika, family comes first. She has been coaching, empowering and inspiring women professionally throughout her career. She has held leadership positions at the Armenia Fund and the AGBU Young Professionals in Buenos Aires, and is founding President of the
AIWA affiliate chapter in Chicago. Veronika has experienced first-hand the challenges many Armenian women face and is looking forward to making a big impact as a Board member of AIWA.

Alice Petrossian

Member, Board of Directors

Alice Petrossian graduated from California State University with a Masters in Education
Administration and completed course work toward a PhD in Educational Policy at USC. She is a
Member and Immediate Past President of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women; Chair, ANCA Western Region Education Committee; Member LA County Women & Girls Initiative; Past President of the Glendale Adventist Hospital’s Founder’s Guild; and serves on theBoard of
Directors of Teach for Armenia. Alice retired from the Pasadena Unified School District as Chief Academic Officer-Deputy Superintendent, following 10 years in the Glendale Unified School District. Throughout her 44-year career, Alice has been an educational leader and advocate for all students. She is most passionate when working for and with disenfranchised, minority and limited English speaking students. Most recently, she has been active collecting and shipping school supplies and clothing to orphanages and village schools in Armenia, and providing professional development seminars for educators. Alice has received over a dozen prestigious awards and honors by community organizations and was appointed to several state boards and commissions by Governors Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis.

Lusine Yeghiazaryan

Member, Board of Directors

Lusine Yeghiazaryan is the VP of Advisory Services, Risk and Controls, Chief Audit Executive at GoPro, Inc.  She leads multiple cross functional initiatives through internal assurance and corporate consulting services, organizational process improvements and enterprise risk program.  Lusine’s expertise includes financial strategy and reporting, international business practices, pre-IPO readiness, M&A due diligence, design of processes and controls, risk management with focus on executive and board level communication. Prior to GoPro, Lusine was with 
Deloitte & Touche, LLP and spent over a decade with multiple Bay Area and global clients in technology and biotech industries. Earlier in her career, Lusine was assigned to the UK as a finance PMO of European operations.  Lusine is a frequent speaker at various conferences and seminars, including GoPro’s Women Summit, Intel’s WIN, IBM’s Super Women series,  and others. She holds an MBA from Berkeley Haas School of Business, as well as CPA and CIA certifications. Lusine is passionate about promoting the interests of the Armenian women worldwide and is the founding member of the AIWA San Francisco affiliate. A native of Yerevan, Lusine lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and three children.