MiISSION HILLS, CA – As is customary every year following its annual membership meeting, the Ararat Home Board of Trustees recently elected its new executive committee. The committee members are Michael Surmeian as Chairman, Ron Nazeley as 1st Vice Chair, Nora Hampar as 2nd Vice Chair, Debbie Avedian as Secretary, Vahe Vartanian as Treasurer, Arthur Zabounian as Assistant Secretary, and Gary Kaloostian as Assistant Treasurer. Each of them has served on the Board for several years.

Upon his election as Chairman, Mr. Surmeian thanked trustees for their support and confidence and conveyed his commitment to the mission of the Home and his optimism for continued growth. He gave special thanks to outgoing Chairman Joseph Kanimian for his leadership in guiding the Home to new heights of excellence as other past chairmen have. He acknowledged the love the executive committee members share for the Home and its residents. He recognized the dedication of employees and volunteers and expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the support Ararat Home receives throughout the community. In his turn, Mr. Kanimian congratulated Mr. Surmeian on his new responsibilities and expressed his utmost trust and confidence in his abilities to continue leading Ararat Home to further achievements for the benefit and care of its precious residents.

The Home has continuously been recognized for the exemplary service and care it provides its over 350 residents. The chairman said, “These positive results don’t happen by accident; they happen because of the tireless training and the hard work done day-in-and-day-out as well as the love given to our residents by our employees who are capably led by our administrators and Chief Operating Officer. And, with continued support, we owe it to the Armenian community to bring the Ararat Home Experience to as many of our mothers and fathers as we can.”

The Home enjoys sustained support from its several guilds and Ladies Auxiliary, the Armenian Church and community-wide organizations, and from members of the community at large. Ararat Home relies heavily on donations in order to deliver this outstanding service to our community. It is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. More information about the Home can be found at www.ararathome.org.

Photo Ararat Home Board of Trustees:
Top row: Peter Darakjian, Roy Martinian, D.D.S., Shahe Boyadjian, Rafi Mardirosian, Arthur Zabounian
2nd row: Armen Hampar, Joseph Ouzounian, M.D., Richard Jebejian, Gary Kaloostian, Raffi Balian, M.D., Joseph Kanimian, Esq.
3rd row: Sinan Sinanian, Vahe Vartanian, Michael Surmeian, Nazar Ashjian, CPA, Vatche Bardakjian, M.D.
Bottom row: Nadya Verabian, Debbie Avedian, Nora Hampar, Kohar Mardirossian Pelter, MSN, Maggie Mangassarian-Goschin
(not pictured): Harout Mesrobian, M.D., Edvin Minassian, Esq., Ron Nazeley, Berj Shahbazian

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