Our Board of Directors and Founders

Ani L. Kharajian, President

Ani L. Kharajian is Director of Global Programs, Executive Education at Harvard Business School (HBS). Ani oversees the Executive Education’s strategy and programs in strategic locations such as China, India and Europe. A graduate of Tufts University and the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development, she had traveled to thirty-five countries to date. 

Carolyn Atinizian, Vice President

Carolyn Atinizian is an attorney in Cambridge, MA, where she concentrates primarily in the areas of Real Estate and Business Law. A graduate of Boston University (BA) and Suffolk Law School (Juris Doctorate), she participates in several professional associations and devotes her time to community organizations and pro bono legal work.

Suzanne E. Moranian, Scholarships

Suzanne E. Moranian is an award-winning historian, writer, and teacher. A graduate of Wellesley College, she received her Ph.D. in History from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. She has conducted a two-year project on the immigration of Armenian women to the United States as a Visiting Scholar at the Wellesley College Centers for Women. Suzanne is also a noted genocide scholar who has published and lectured widely on the role of the United States during the Armenian Genocide. A long-time member of the AIWA Board, she currently serves as president.

Barbara Merguerian*, Clerk/Archives

Barbara J. Merguerian is a writer, historian, and former editor of the Journal of Armenian Studies and the Armenian Mirror-Spectator. She has taught at several
institutions and publishes studies on the role of American missionaries in modern Armenian history. She is an AIWA founder, Archives director, and past president.

Joy Renjilian-Burgy, Secretary/Scholarships

Joy Renjilian-Burgy is associate professor of Spanish and co-director of Latin American studies at Wellesley College, where she teaches literature and film as well as
language and culture. An author of literary and linguistic books, DVDs, and cultural videos in Spanish, she is a past president and a current vice president of AIWA.

Houry Youssoufian, Treasurer

Lily Ring Balian, Los Angeles Affiliate Liaison

Lily Ring Balian has managed public affairs and political campaigns both in the public and private sector. She was the Director of Citizens Operations for the campaign of President Ronald Reagan and appointment by him to the National Advisory Council for Adult Education (1980-1987). Her public service has also included chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women, chair of the National Advisory Council for Adult Education in Washington, and many others. She is past president and treasurer of the AIWA Los Angeles Affiliate and co-chaired the Geneva and Buenos Aires conferences.

Sara Janjigian Trifiro, Vice President

Judy Norsigian, Vice President/Development

Judy Norsigian is a nationally known speaker and writer on a wide range of women’s health concerns. She is a co-founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (now doing business as Our Bodies Ourselves) and co-author of all editions of the groundbreaking publication Our Bodies, Ourselves, which has been translated into several languages, including Armenian.

Joan A. Quinn, United Nations Liaison

Joan Agajanian Quinn is a free-lance journalist and supporter of the arts in all forms. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she is the creator and host
of the nationally aired cable TV show, “The Joan Quinn Profiles.” Formerly a member of the California Arts Council, she has served for several years on the AIWA and the Los Angeles Affiliate boards and is an AIWA representative at the United Nations.

Silva Katchiguian

Silva Katchiguian became a member of AIWA Los Angeles in 2008. She has served as President of the Armenian International Women’s Association Los Angeles Affiliate since May 2012. Under her leadership, AIWA-LA has attained exposure through public service events that promote culture, literature, women’s health and women social issues. During her presidency, five outstanding members of AIWA-LA received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  Silva has co-chaired the 6th International Conference in San Francisco (2011), the 7th International AIWA Conference in Yerevan (2014), and the AIWA 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2016 (Boston). She has overseen fundraising for events in Los Angeles and was instrumental in establishing the Laurel Karabian Fund for the Arts in 2015.

Silva is a voice over actress for narrative and commercial readings. Her voice can be heard mostly over phone messages, private and institutional. She is a writer and has a monthly column in the Armenian Observer (Moments in Thought). She also shares her thoughts in her own monthly blog http://thisihumblyspeak.com where she writes about everyday-life situations. Silva is a graduate of the University of La Verne with an MA in Media Communications and Public Relations. Silva is an Ambassador of Faith for the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Anaide Nahikian

Anaïde Nahikian is a member of AIWA NE. She leads the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action and the Program on Institutional Partnerships for Learning and Development at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Through field-based research and engagement with humanitarian practitioners, Anaïde focuses on designing responsive research, tools, and platforms to enhance the capacity of professionals in complex humanitarian environments, working on issues such as frontline humanitarian negotiation, response to forced migration, and the development of communities of practice in the humanitarian space. She has done extensive field research on the response and rehabilitation of refugees in the Syrian crisis, forced migration, and human trafficking, and has led field research and implemented workshops across the Middle East / North Africa, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

Anaïde is Associate Instructor in graduate courses at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Kennedy School of Government, particularly leading the research and curriculum design of an annual intensive, field-based course on strategic humanitarian engagement, since 2008. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and an Affiliate at the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Anaïde holds a degree with high honors in Sociology from Brandeis University and an MSc in Human Rights (Sociology) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Eva Medzorian*

Eva Medzorian has had a life-long interest in the arts. An independent documentary film-maker, she produced several CDs of her renditions of Armenian songs. An active
volunteer, she chaired the AGBU New England District Committee and is a past president and a current board member of the Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association. A founder and the first president of AIWA, she co-chaired the Buenos Aires Conference.

Olga Proudian*

Olga Proudian was born in Bucharest, Romania, and raised in central Europe and the Middle East, giving her cosmopolitan cultural perspectives. In the United States she
has been active in both Armenian and non-Armenian community organizations, including at present Club Richelieu. A founder and past-president of AIWA, she has spearheaded several special projects.


*Denotes Founder

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