Strong corporate governance is essential for a successful non-profit organization, and our board members ensure AARFA.org operates with integrity and accountability.

JOHNNY KANOUNJI

President

Johnny is the Secretary of AARFA, and an Architect and General Contractor for Design Build Strategies, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. With almost two decades of architecture experience and seven years of experience in the construction industry, he is proficient at projects having to do with residential, luxury estates, retail spaces, commercial office buildings, healthcare facilities, restaurants, and churches. He is a multidisciplinary team leader capable of project execution from conceptual design to project completion. Extracurricular activities include enjoyment in travelling, golf, outdoor scouting, and drawing. He lives in Pasadena with his wife Christine and their kids Rachelle and Maximus.

RENEH SIMONIAN

Vice President
Reneh Simonian, a food industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, has travelled both nationally and internationally working with executive chefs of some of the finest restaurants in the world. Whether it’s describing the many different types and flavor of olives, or sharing his knowledge of the varied regional favors of International cuisine, Reneh has benefitted from his exposure to all kinds of exotic foods. Reneh has taken that knowledge and passion for food and created Cravate Soiree a company that organizes and hosts theme parties. These parties feature the Epicurean food and wine that Reneh has become familiar with coupled with an event planning staff that brings any customer’s to life. Sharing his passion for good food and wine are a renowned group of successful chefs who help create and enchanting evening for guests.

NOUBAR DERBEDROSIAN

Controller

A native of Baghdad, Iraq and has lived in Southern California since 1990. Since his arrival to the states, Noubar has worked tirelessly to establish a career for himself as a local businessman. He runs tow businesses in Pasadena and Glendale respectively. His cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles. Noubar sits on Advisory board of the Armenian sisters Academy, and served as board member of the Armenian Youth Association of California. Noubar and his wife Dalita reside in Glendale with their four children, Talar, Aleek, Mourad and Levon.

MARY DER-PARSEGHIAN

Secretary

Mary Der-Parseghian born and raised in Los Angeles, California, has been a prominent member of the Pasadena Armenian Community all her life. An attorney since 2003 opened her own firm since November 2009 practicing in Pasadena, California. Over her career she has strived to give back to the community, in participating in community organizations to educate the Armenian Diaspora on the legal ins and outs in California including but not limited to many speaking engagements on Kids and the Law, The Importance of Estate Planning and a weekly Television broadcast for all areas of California Law to give back to the Armenian community in the United States.

STEPAN PARTAMIAN

Treasurer 
Stepan Partamian is a world-renowned music producer, talk-show host, and an Armenian cultural promoter. He is best known for his landmark recording of Komitas Vardapet’s Divine Liturgy, performed entirely on duduks by the Winds of Passion Quartet. With prominent exposure in Los Angeles and Armenia, Stepan has shaped public discourse related to politically incorrect commentaries and current affairs. As an Armenian cultural promoter, he successfully promoted the first-ever Armenian program for the KCRW World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the concert Armenia Unbound: A Musical Journey at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Spirit of Armenia at the 2007 KCRW World Festival commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

ARTHUR KOKOZIAN

Fundraising/Corporate Sponsor Committee Director


During the last two decades, Arthur Kokozian has played a significant role in the promotion and preservation of the Armenian culture and art. Since 1998, Kokozian has been participating in the production of the Armenian Music Awards for which he is the trademark owner. For over 40 years, Kokozian has been a resident of Pasadena, where his Armenian immigrant family used to own a grocery market. Not your regular grocery store, Carlo’s Produce was regarded by locals as a community center, where friends and relatives reunited to share their latest news and recipes, a home away from home, where the Armenian spirit was alive and thriving. While Kokozian’s studies in organization leadership at Azusa Pacific University gave him the theoretical background upon which he based his career, his experiences at the family’s store provided him with the understanding and passion needed to sustain the level of dedication that a rich and diverse career like his would require.

MGO PANOSSIAN

Golf Committee Director

An Armenian poet since the age of 11 named “Gailag”, was born in Lebanon who arrived to United States in 1989. A husband and a father of two, owner of several businesses in Los Angeles County is also on the board of directors of Hamazkayin Western Region (an Armenian Cultural and Educational organization), and serves at St. Sarkis Church of Pasadena as a choir leader. Mgo is also involved in few other non profit organizations…  His last book “Vosge Orenkuh” (The Golden Rule) was published in November of 2015, which was dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. You will find love in all his poetry and songs, love towards God, towards people and the country.

Mgo has been on AARFA board as the logistics/volunteer director since the beginning of the organization, and enjoys working side by side with approximately 800 volunteers each year decorating the float.

CARMEN AZINIAN LIBARIDIAN

Director

Carmen Azinian Libaridian was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to United States when she was only a few years old. She is very family-oriented and adores her four children and her father who just celebrated his 90th birthday. She has been vital in helping spark collaboration between different organizations in the Glendale and Los Angeles communities. Her spirit of volunteerism and the effective leadership skills she displays is truly admirable. She serves in numerous different boards including a few that she added last year…. Armenian Relief Society of the Western Region, the American Armenian Museum Board, The Ararat  charter school board, the YWCA of Glendale, the Community Liason at Arpa InternationalFilm Festival Committee and the American Armenian Rose Float Association.

JACOB PARSEGHIAN

Director

A local businessman that strives to give back to the American Armenian community, by assisting in the organization and fundraising of AARFA since its inception.

OGANES JAY CHIMAYAN

Director
Oganes Jay Chimayan is a Registered Tax Preparer governed by California Tax Education Council (CTEC) with over 14 years of small business tax and accounting experience. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

Prior to forming My Accounting Center Inc in 2006 as a bookkeeping and payroll company, Jay worked for a reputable Glendale based accounting firm for 6 years. While working for the firm, Jay implemented new services such as Accountable Reimbursement Plan (ARP), Entity Compliance, Monthly Meeting Write Up, and HR Services that grew the company list of services and impacted the bottom line.