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Robert Mirak President, BA, Williams; BA, MA, Oxford.; PhD, Harvard University. President of Mirak Properties, is the author of Torn Between Two Lands: Armenians in America. 1890 to World War I (Harvard University Press, 1983), co-author of Collections of the Armenian Cultural Foundation I: Letters & Autographs, (Arlington, MA: Armenian Cultural Foundation, 2007), and several articles and book reviews, including “The Armenians,” Oscar Handlin, et al, Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (Harvard University Press, 1980).

Board Members

Nishan Goudsouzian, M.D., native of Cairo, Egypt. Graduate of the Mkhitarist School. Professor of anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Pediatric anesthetist, Mass General Hospital for Children. Active community member, Diocesan Delegate of St. James Armenian Apostolic Church, former Board member of National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), former president of the Armenian-American Medical Association (AAMA). Author of two medical books, and over 110 scientific articles.

Barbara Merguerian, BA, Brown University; MA, PhD, Harvard University. Director, Armenian Information Center, Armenian International Women’s Association. Past editor of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Taught at Yerevan State University, California State University. Merguerian has co-edited two books: Armenian Women in a Changing World (1997) and Voices of Armenian Women (2000), and has written numerous articles.

Danila Jebejian Terpanjian, graduated from the Institut des Etudes Sociales de L’Etat, Brussels, Belgium with a major in librarianship and documentation. She also attended the École des Lettres de Beyrouth.  She later received a Master's degree in library science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Her professional career was spent in academic libraries, including Université Saint-Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon, and 26 years in Harvard University’s Widener library system, where she started as a Cataloger and then held consecutive positions as Head of Technical Services of Littauer Library, Head of Technical Services of the Social Sciences Program of Harvard College Library, and Technical Services Librarian and Senior Cataloger for the Social Sciences Program unit.  She continues her professional interests by occasionally acting as a consultant for the collection management and care of small specialized libraries.

At present, she is part of a group of Boston-area AIWA (Armenian International Women’s Association) members who have undertaken the translation into English and publication of the writings of author Zabel Yessayan. She has co-edited  two publications, The Gardens of Silihdar and My Soul in Exile in the Treasury of Armenian Women’s Literature series. She currently is involved in equally worthwhile translations and works of Armenian women writers who were pioneering female authors.  Danila also volunteers at Harvard Neighbors by leading the French Conversation interest group.

Julia Mirak Kew, BA, Wellesley, MBA., Babson College. Member of Armenian International Women’s Association. At present she Vice President, Mirak Properties.


Ara Ghazarians, PhD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University;  Executive Secretary of the Armenian Relief Society, Inc. (1984-87), Editorial Assistant for the Armenian Review (1987-91), and Director of Resources and Archives at the Zoryan Institute (1989-90). He has translated and edited nine books, including Hakob Karapents  matenagitut’iwn [Hakob Karapents: Bibliography], (1999); Hayeren parberakanneri, teghekatuakan aghbiwrneri  matenagitut’iwn [Bibliography of Armenian Periodicals, Monographic Series and Resources Materials], (2000).What the German Imperial Government Concealed from Its Subjects. Armenia 1915: Slaughter of a Civilized People at the Hands of the Turks, (2006). Jakob Künzler, In the Land of Blood and Tears: Experiences in Mesopotamia during the World War (1914-1918) (2007). Hakob Karapents, The Widening Circle and Other Early Short Stories, (2008). Co-authored with Robert Mirak, Collections of the Armenian Cultural Foundation I: Letters & Autographs, (2007). Hakob Karapents, Mrieiymnve [Ruminations], (2009). Platon P. Zubov, The Astrologer of Karabagh (2013). Enayatollah Reza, Azerbaijan & Aran (2014).