Lilia Chakarian, CEO
Lilia joined Aid Beyond Borders in 2015. She was promoted to CEO in 2016 and remains as the chair of project management. Lilia carries out organizational and leadership aspects of ABB including identifying families in need in Armenia, organizing fundraising events for the organization, and carries out web management issues and updates. Lilia is a data engineer with a BS in Computer Science and enjoys camping, fishing, hiking and the company of great friends.
Seda Bourikian, President and Founder
Seda started Aid Beyond Borders in 2010 as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Now as a fourth year medical student, she continues to manage and grow the organization through new partnerships and fundraising. Seda's next goal for ABB is to create a subdivision involved in international surgical education and mentorship, including medical missions to Armenia. She also hopes to establish a global surgery elective for U.S. surgical residents. In her spare time Seda enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, playing with her dogs and woodworking.
Ruzanna Martirosyan, Vice-President
Ruzanna joined the ABB team in 2016 due to her passion and drive for giving back to her community. Ruzanna has over 20 years of experience in working for the financial industry so she is skilled with business relations and communication. Her ultimate wish is to help alleviate the need of orphanages in Armenia by helping each child find a loving home. In her spare time Ruzanna enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors.
Sona Manukyan, Project Coordinator
Sona Manukyan joined Aid Beyond Borders in 2015. She is an attorney as well as a mediator judge. Sona volunteers her time to identify families who meet our criteria of help, coordinates and organizes sponsored family visits, shopping, and delivery of goods to the families, disabled children, and elderly each. She is also responsible for finding and verifying the needs of the families we sponsor and donate to. Sona is an extremely valuable part of our charity because without her, our help on the ground would be nearly impossible. She is also an active advocate for animal rights.
Carole Andreasian-Telemi, Chair of Fundraising and Events
Carole joined the ABB team in 2016. She has a long history of holding fundraisers on her own and sending aid to Armenia. She was excited to join the ABB team in order to use her expertise in fundraising on a larger scale. When she is not holding fundraisers or teaching art to children, Carole loves spending time with her husband and kids. She is very involved with the parent-teacher organization at her childrens school as well as the Ararat cultural club scouts.