Why We're Here
When the harsh realities of COVID-19 finally settled in, it occurred to the founder of the Armenia Support Fund (ASF), Olivia Jamgotchian, that life in Armenia and the Armenian community might never be the same.
The Armenia Support Fund exists to ensure that there is a safe and flourishing Armenia for the people of Armenia as well as for our children and our children's children to visit one day. We are dedicated to providing support where the Armenian community needs it most - whether in the diaspora or in our homeland.
Our organization is currently focused on providing grants to small and medium size businesses in Armenia that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. All funds distributed to Armenian businesses will go through a strict vetting processes before grants are awarded to ensure the money is going to those who need it most!
Founding Board Member
Olivia Jamgotchian is the Founder of the Armenia Support Fund. She was inspired to launch ASF when she and so many others were forced to cancel their trips to Armenia this summer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olivia is the Director of Sales Operations at Ticketmaster. She is also the founder of HighTouch, a consulting firm that partners with entrepreneurs to raise capital for their businesses. Olivia is the immediate past-Vice President of the Armenian Professional Society and a Daughter of Vartan. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and lives in Los Angeles.
Jacklin Vitullo is a Board Member at the Armenia Support Fund. She is an avid volunteer for the Armenia Tree Project and a lifetime member of the Armenian International Women’s Association. In her work, Jacklin is the Director of Human Resources at Globanet who has designed and executed the HR framework since its inception. Jacklin received her Human Resources Management certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles and prior to that, her Bachelor of Science in General Finance from the University of Southern California. She is an active member of both PHIRA and SHRM.
Tania Sarin Araradian is a Interim Board Member and Advisor at the Armenia Support Fund. She is an entrepreneur who creates content for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Chloe, Leica Camera, Net-a-Porter, Mercedes Benz, Timothy Oulton, New Balance, Peninsula Hotels, Four Seasons, W Hotels and more. She is also a creative consultant who partners with brands to create capsule collections. Prior to starting her own business, Tania was a wardrobe stylist for celebrities and professionals. Tania received her B.A. in Fashion Marketing at Woodbury University and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Lucineh Kassarjian is the Chief Operating Officer of Sensyan, a boutique advisory firm offering services to companies investing, operating or launching in Armenia. Since 2014, Lucineh has served as the Country Director of the Armenia Tree Project, a US-based charitable foundation which has planted more than 6 million trees all around the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh. Lucineh has served on the boards of many educational, philanthropic and developmental non-profit organizations, including the Yerevan Chapter of the Awesome Foundation; My Step Foundation; Armenia Support Fund; AVC - Armenian Virtual College; and others. Lucineh holds a degree in linguistics and pedagogy from Yerevan State Linguistics University and has studied in the Computer Arts and New Media department of the San Francisco Academy of Art.
Social Media & Marketing Intern
Seeran Ajemian is the Social Media & Marketing Intern at Shop Shouga. She is a sophomore college student majoring in Economics and minoring in Marketing at the University of Southern California.
Outside of school, Seeran danced on the Hamazkayin Niari Dance Team for the past nine years and is an advisory board member at Ballet For All Kids, where she teaches ballet to students of various abilities and disabilities. She also creates graphic content for social media and merchandise at the Armenia Support Fund.
Rozin Tashchyan is the Communications Volunteer at Armenia Support Fund (ASF) where she spreads awareness about the ASF cause and mission. Rozin received her B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Northridge. She currently works at Warner Bros.Studios where she collaborates with a number of partners to execute strategic, business-forward deals for the Consumer Products Licensing division.
Outside of work, Rozin's passion lies heavily in philanthropy. The latest impacts Armenia has faced allowed her to translate her passion into actions. She hopes to contribute to the greater good and create humanitarian imprints in the Armenian community.
Kristine Sargsyan is the founder of TEDxYerevan conference in Armenia. She is also founder of ThinkStudio, an executive coaching studio. Kristine is a professor of Business Communication at the American University of Armenia as well as the Leadership and Change Management Advisor for PicsArt. Previously Kristin worked for TACIS, World Learning, USDA, UNDP, EF, RMF and TED. She is an International Visitor Leadership Program fellow of the US Department of State program. In 2015 she was recognized as one of the 28 TED-Ed Innovative Educators out of 250,000 educators worldwide. In 2017, she was recognized as one of the 21 remarkable women who changed Eastern Europe and she became a Skoll World Forum Fellow in 2018.
Armen Harutyunyan is a Senior Advisor at the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development on Digital and Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to joining the UNDP team in Singapore, Armen acted as the head of partnerships and was a development finance officer at the UNRC office in Armenia. Previously, Armen served for five years as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Armenia. He is also president of the governing board of the National Agrarian University of Armenia. Armen holds a MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol, and completed a joint ANAU and Texas A&M University program on Agribusiness Management.
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