Our Board of Directors and Founders

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.

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. She currently serves as president of AIWA’s New England Affiliate.

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

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. 

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 its
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.



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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