Since 1973, the Armenian Youth Foundation has helped preserve Armenian heritage by proudly supporting a variety of youth programs. These cultural, educational, athletic, and camping programs cultivate an understanding of Armenian culture, and bring together the future leaders of our community. As a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, we are proud to make a positive and lasting difference in young Armenian lives. With your tax-deductible donations, we support organizations that give our youth enriched experiences, education, and cultural appreciation.
Board Member Profiles
Stepan P. Kanarian
Stepan has served as the Board Chairman since 1983, been a Director of the Board since 1981, and initially served as the AYF’s representative to the organizing committee of the Armenian Youth Foundation from 1972-1973. He has been active in a variety of Armenian Community organizations and is presently a member of the Ararat Association of RI and the Investment Committee of Sts.Vartanantz Church (Providence, RI). Professionally he has served as the New England Market Manager for the Business Credit Division of PNC Bank since 2000 providing Commercial enterprises and Private Equity Groups with working capital and acquisition credit facilities. He has been in commercial lending since 1974 initially in Detroit and Cleveland, and has been located in Boston since 1982. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, the Commercial Finance Association, and the Turnaround Management Association. Stepan and his wife Christine (Arakelian) are residents of Medfield, MA.
Robert has served as the Vice Chairman of the Armenian Youth Foundation since 1984 and as a Board Member since 1982. He has been active in a number of Armenian Community organizations and was a past member of the Boston Siamanto chapter of the Armenian Youth Federation. Bob also served on the AYF Central Executive and is presently a member of the Council of Armenian Executives. He is a graduate of M.I.T. with a B.S./M.S. in Chemical Engineering and later received a M.B.A. from Babson College. Professionally he has worked in sales and marketing management positions at Millipore Corporation and at the Amicon Division of W.R. Grace Company. From 1986 to 2011, he owned and operated National Metal Finishing Corporation in Springfield, MA, a leading provider of metal finishing services to such companies as Harley Davidson and Smith & Wesson. He is currently President of Vivaproducts, Inc. in Littleton, MA, which provides analytical products to hospital and forensic laboratories. Bob and his wife Shooshan (Kassabian) are residents of Sudbury, MA, and have three children Christine, Lynne and Stephen, who have all been members of the Providence Varantian AYF Chapter.
Peter has been an active member of the Armenian Community for over 40 years beginning with his involvement in the Armenian Youth Federation where he served on local (Watertown) and regional (New England) executive committees throughout the 70’s and early 80’s. His connection to the AYF was strengthened by a ten year relationship with Camp Haiastan in Franklin, MA including five years as a staff member. In 1995 Peter was elected to the Armenian Youth Foundation Board of Directors, where he assists with the Board’s community outreach and public relations initiatives. He’s also a past board member of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst Alumni Association, the Massachusetts Service Alliance and a current board member of the Armenian Library and Museum of America. Professionally, Peter is Senior Vice President of Marketing for Allen & Gerritsen, one of the region’s largest independently held advertising/marketing communications agencies. His focus is on developing marketing strategies and advertising campaigns for regional and national consumer brands. Peter currently resides in Medfield, MA with his wife Lisa, twin sons Andrew and Peter, and daughter Ashley.
Originally from Portland, ME, Hagop has been living in the greater Whitinsville, MA area for the last 25 years; along with his wife the former Claudia Kourkounian and sons Armenag and Aram. As a current and past Board of Trustee member of the Soorp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic Church of Whitinsville, Hagop continues to actively serve the Armenian community. He was a member of the Lowel Armen Garo A.Y.F. chapter during the 1970s /80s and served on the Central Executive as Athletic Director. Hagop’s A.Y.F. experiences were very instrumental in his developing a broader understanding of the many important facets in sustaining and building on the Armenian spirit. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Hagop works for Kimberly-Clark as a Senior Customer Business Partner in Franklin, MA
Michael Guzelian is the Vice President of Secure Voice and Data Products for General Dynamics C4 Systems and is responsible for providing reliable, secure communication solutions that protect the most sensitive information in the world. These solutions – ranging from the network, to the desktop, to the individual – make up the largest deployed base of Type 1 encryption products in the world. Guzelian’s twenty-five years of experience has led the SVDP group to being the market leader for Type 1 network encryption. Guzelian joined General Dynamics, then GTE Government Systems, in 1985 and held positions in the areas of Engineering, Marketing, Development, and Management, and became the Director of the Secure Data Products group in 1997. In 2005, the data and voice products group was merged under Guzelian’s direction. He was promoted to Vice President in 2008. Guzelian resides with his wife and two daughters in Needham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and received his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing from Babson College. He also attended the Defense Systems Management College in Ft. Belvoir, VA.
Lucy Hoosian is a Director of Account Management at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and is responsible for managing Liberty’s large and complex marketing / distribution partners. Lucy began her career at Liberty Mutual in 1994 as a Litigation Paralegal assisting in the defense of policyholders and later joined the Personal Markets SBU corporate legal department responsible for Affinity Partnership contracts. She soon after joined the Partnership Team as their Employer Segment Marketing Communications Manager, followed by a partnership Account Management role where she managed Liberty Mutual’s largest distribution partner. Lucy has a BA and an MBA from Bentley University as well as an AAI insurance designation and is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU ®). Lucy has been a lifelong, active member of the Armenian Community having attended St. Stephen’s Armenian Saturday School/Sunday School and having served in various capacities in the Armenian Youth Federation. Currently, Lucy serves as the secretary of the Armenian Heritage Park and Genocide Memorial Foundation and as treasurer of the Board of Trustees of St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown.
David A Papazian
David was elected to the Board in 2009 and has been active in many Armenian community organizations. He was involved with Camp Haiastan as a camper and as a 1981 & 1982 staff member. David was an active AYF member, including serving two terms as Chapter President. He served as Philadelphia AYF Olympic Committee Chairman in 1988 and 1995 and also served on the AYF Olympic Governing Body from 2003-2009. David is alumnus of Drexel University and has been employed in the pharmaceutical field since 1987 with Genentech (subsidiary of Roche). He currently is a Transplant Sales Specialist in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Transplant Centers. David and his wife Carol have a son (Eric) and a daughter (Taline), and reside in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
Daron has been an active member of the Armenian Community since the early 70’s beginning with his participation in the Detroit Chapter of the Armenian Youth Federation. His involvement with the AYF continues to this day as a track & field coach of both senior and junior age groups. In 2004 Daron was elected to the Armenian Youth Foundation Board of Directors, where he serves on the Board’s Grants Committee assisting in solicitation and selection efforts. Daron is an alumnus of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Detroit with degrees in engineering and business. Professionally, he has been with Ford Motor Company since 1985 and presently serves as global product planning manager for mid-size cars and utility vehicles. Daron and his wife Simone’ reside in West Bloomfield Michigan with their four daughters, Meline’, Ani, Knar, and Teny.
Meline Haratunian Lachinian
Meline, who was elected to the Armenian Youth Foundation Board in August 2013, has been active in various Armenian organizations since the early 1970s. Her involvement with the Armenian Youth Federation began as a founding member of the Washington, DC Sevan junior chapter, continuing with membership in the Long Island Ararat as well as Lowell Armen Garo chapters and service on various AYF Central Executive committees. Her connection with the AYF was strengthened at Camp Haiastan where she was a camper for seven years and a counselor for three additional years. She held various executive positions in the Armenian clubs of Boston College and Georgetown University and was an Armenian Assembly intern for two summers. She was an early member of the Armenian Bar Association and active in the Armenian Network, helping to draft its national bylaws and serving as co-founder and former president of its Washington, DC chapter. Meline currently is Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Akamai Technolgies Inc., one of the world’s leading cloud platforms. In that role, she is the primary liaison with Akamai’s Board of Directors and oversees all legal and regulatory matters for Akamai globally. Prior to joining Akamai in 2003, Meline was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Allegiance Telecom Company Worldwide, a partner in a telecommunications law firm, and a senior official of the Federal Communications Commission. Meline holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College. She and her husband Garo Lachinian reside in Watertown, Massachusetts with their daughter Taleen and son Raffi.
Ken has served on the Armenian Youth Foundation Board of Directors since the mid-1980’s. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Grants Committee and has been actively involved in a wide range of Armenian-American community organizations. Ken served as the chairman of the Armenian Youth Federation for 2 years, as well as a member of the Armenian National Committee. He co-chaired the Armenian Genocide 90th Commemoration Committee under the auspices of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America and Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America and is currently co-vice chairman of the 100th Commemorations Committee. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (PA), Ken earned a Masters of Public Administration from American University (DC). He is currently a social studies teacher at Pascack Valley Regional High School. Ken lives in Montvale, NJ with his wife, Trish, and his children, Ani and Stephen.