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Marshall D. Moushigian (Attorney) - Chairman

  • Born and raised in Fresno, California.
  • Received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, and a Minor in Armenian Studies, from California State University, Fresno.
  • After passing the California Bar Exam, he moved to Armenia where he spent over five years involved in various endeavors.
  • He is also a financial advisor and a frequent contributor to the Fresno Bee on Armenian issues.
  • He is active in the Knights of Vartan, enjoys traveling the world and snow skiing.

Karen DeOrian (Educator) -  Vice Chairman

  • Over 20 years education experience in Clovis, Fresno and Madera Unified School Districts.
  • Taught grades TK to 12th grade in both general and special education classrooms.
  • Been a Regional Instructional Manager of Special Education programs in FUSD, and currently is employed as Coordinator of Special Services for the Madera Unified School District.
  • Earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies at CSU, Fresno, and Masters Degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education.
  • Received teaching credentials in multiple subjects, special education and administration.
  • Karen enjoys traveling and spending time at the coast. 

Shaunt Yemenjian (Architect)  - Recording Secretary

  • He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and his Master of Architecture Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
  • With over 12 years of experience in architecture and urban design, Shaunt has helped plan, design, and build several projects for California State University, Fresno, University of California, Community Redevelopment Agencies of Los Angeles, Pasadena, Highland Park, Glendale and Long Beach as well as several private commercial and residential development projects throughout California.
  • He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, United Stated Green Building Council, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Knights of Vartan, and attended the Armenian Community School of Fresno.

Christina Zakarian (Certified Public Accountant) - Treasurer

  • Born in Thousand Oaks, California.
  • Received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration – Accountancy Option from California State University, Fresno and minored in Armenian Studies.
  • Following graduation she earned her CPA and has been working at a local accounting firm for the past seven years, currently as their manager.
  • Attended the Armenian Community School of Fresno as a child.
  • She is married and loves to travel.

Marc Days (Attorney)

  • Marc Days received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in Sociology.  In 1996, he graduated from the University of Virginia, School of Law, and became a member of the California State Bar.
  • In 2004, Marc accepted a position with the Fresno County Public Defender to advocate for one of the most fundamental civil rights, liberty.
  • In 2015, Marc left the Federal Defender and started private practice.

Nyrie Karkazian (Teacher)

  • Nyrie Karkazian was born and raised in Fresno, CA.
  • She grew up attending the Armenian Community School of Fresno and was also raised in the Armenian church community attending First Armenian Presbyterian Church of Fresno.
  • She attended Fresno State, received a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism and a credential in Single Subject English.
  • Nyrie has been teaching for 7 years in Central Unified School District and is currently an ELA teacher and Activities DIrector at El Capitan Middle School.

Maral Kismetian (Grants and Research Administrator)

  • Over 16 years of higher education experience in grants management and research administration.
  • She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Master Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Fresno.
  • She received her Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certification from the Research Administrators Certification Council.
  • She is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Society of Research Administrators, St. Paul Armenian Church, and Daughters of Vartan.
  • Both of her children, Arek and Ani, attend the Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School.