ANCA-WR Education Committee

About us

Comprised of dedicated community members from the field of education, the ANCA-WR Education Committee fosters and maintains relations with officials, education stakeholders, and representatives from community-based organizations that deal with education and youth matters. More specifically, the committee focuses on implementing Genocide Education curricula including understanding of the Armenian culture and current critical issues in public schools and works with local ANCA-WR chapters to address the needs of Armenian-American teachers, parents and students at school sites by monitoring and proposing activities and programs.

Meet the ANCA-WR Committee

Alice Petrossian - Chairperson
Anahid Oshagan, Esq. - ANCA-WR Board Rep.
Sedda Antekelian (Vice-Chair)
Taline Arsenian (Treasurer)
Laura Michael Gaboudian (Secretary)
Verginie Touloumian (ANCA-WR Interim Executive Director)

Dr. Carine Chorbajian
Zarik Hacopian
Medea Kalognomos
Katia Karageuzian, PharmD
Arpi Krikorian
Dickran Khodanian
Lusine Martirosyan
Astine Suleimanyan


Since September 2018, the ANCA-WR Education Committee has organized a group of volunteer expert professionals and educators from various disciplines and school districts who have worked to develop a variety of lessons and resources for K- 5 teachers, in order to integrate the Armenian story in their curriculum. Using interactive presentations, teachers are able to facilitate lessons and activities that allow students the opportunity to discover Armenian culture, history, geography, and achievements. Through access to these materials, the Committee aims to support educators who seek to bring about empathy, respect and diversity education in school communities. We give special thanks and recognition to each individual on the team of talented and passionate professionals who have volunteered their time to make a difference for future generations.

Amy Bazikian
Anna Khachatryan
Anna Yeghiantz
Arpineh Kourounian
Mary Mekikian

Laura Gaboudian
Lucy Martirosyan
Sarine Boyadjian
Sandra Edith Garcia
Sedda Antekelian

We would also like to thank ANCA-WR Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Interns, Arin Boyadjian, Christina Chiranian, and Fiyouneh Bazgosha for their assistance.


The Armenian National Committee of America- Western Region (ANCA-WR) is a grassroots public affairs organization devoted to advancing issues of concern to the Armenian American community.

For nearly a century, the ANCA-WR has served to educate, motivate and activate the Armenian American community in the Western United States on a wide range of issues.

With its headquarters based in Los Angeles, California, the ANCA-WR enjoys broad-based community support through an extensive network of cultural, educational, athletic, charitable and youth organizations. In addition, the ANCA-WR is tied to a variety of media, including several of the leading Armenian media organizations in America and the largest bilingual Armenian daily in the United States-Asbarez.

With chapters throughout the State of California and in over a dozen other western states, the ANCA-WR works in cooperation with its national headquarters in Washington, DC, and its Eastern Region counterpart in Boston, to promote the concerns of Armenian Americans. The ANCA-WR is joined in these efforts by far-reaching network of international affiliates in Europe, Russia, South America, the Middle East, Australia, Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).