Richard Chackerian, Ph.D., taught and researched at Florida State University for thirty four years before his retirement in 2003. His research and teachings reflected his lifelong interest in how the large tides of history affect our institutions. Based on those findings, Dr. Chackerian began to dive deeper into how then individuals define who they are and what they value. Richard is the son of two 1920 immigrants who migrated from Western Armenia (currently Turkey) to the United States.
Ara Chackerian is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and dedicated philanthropist. Ara has more than two decades of experience in building healthcare companies. Ara’s executive level operating experience includes Chief Executive Officer of BMC Diagnostics, Executive Chairman of PipelineRx and TMS Health Solutions, as well as Executive Vice President at PSS/World Medical, an international medical products distributor.
Amie Park Wilson
Amie started working with Nor Luyce in 2012 as a Community and Youth Development Peace Corps volunteer. While in the Peace Corps, Amie learned Armenian and worked with Nor Luyce to create a three-year strategic plan, update their website, enhance their programs, create a computer center, and host a summer art camp that focused on peace and conflict lessons. Amie currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland and works for the Social Security Administration.
Born in Turkey and raised in Los Angeles, Nora holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also has a M.A. in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She is the founder of SheFighter Armenia, which aims to empower women and girls through self-defense.
Shoghik has been the Executive Director of Nor Luyce since 2009. She is a Gyumri native, with an advanced degree in psychology. In addition to Armenian, she speaks English, Spanish, and Russian. Shoghik has received her second MA in Counseling and Human Services as a Fulbright student in LeHigh University. In her spare time, she likes to play classical piano.
Gyumri native, Shushan has been with Nor Luyce since 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and speaks Armenian, English, Russian, and German. At Asparez club, she is an active civic and regional journalist. Also, she works at I-Link NGO with sister cities of Gyumri where she is also an HR coordinator. She has a lot of goals and dreams for the future, but her main lifelong goal is to connect with her native city Gyumri because of its beauty.
At Shirak State University, Arpi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is fluent in the languages of Armenian and Russian, while learning English. Arpi started as a mentor in our organization and is using her passion to help our mission. Her hobbies include singing and professional photography, with the hopes to see more women socialists in her native city of Gyumri.
Tatev studied social work at Shirak State University, graduating in 2017. Since 2015, she had been volunteering for Nor Luyce in many different positions, as well as volunteering with many other organizations. Besides her current position as Group Coordinator at Nor Luyce, she regularly gives back to her Gyumri community with social contributions. At the “Byurakni Secondary School”, she is a social worker advocating for changes.
Rima is a 2011 graduate of Gyumri Medical College in the nursing department. Rima has been working full time at Nor Luyce as the Financial Manager. Additional to managing Nor Luyce’s finances, Rima also recruits and processes all new members into our programs. She believes in humility and equal rights for all people, as well as the freedom to act upon one’s own dream to success.