Board Members

Melineh Zohrabian, President

Melineh is currently serving as the “president” for the second year at the GCPEA Board, and prior to that she was the “event co-chair”.

 

She has an MA in education with over 15 years teaching experience and received her Human Resources Management certificate from UCLA. However, Melineh enjoys the academic environment and feels most confident and satisfied in educational. She started her company "Teaching Communication through Science” with the vision of teaching and involving kids into hands-on science activities and language development at the same time. She has multiple classes at private and public after schools as well as summer camps workshops, and different events. She values the parents involvement in their children education and host multiple “parent and me” project events.

Melineh, finds Glendale Community College Parent Education program mission in line with her personal and professional goal, she has continued participating in the program with her son, Arvin. She believes the best part of the program is how one grows with their child while having the benefits of professional teachers by their side.

Melineh lives in Glendale with her husband, Armen and their children- Emily and Arvin. She has been in the program for 6 years. They place great value on volunteering in the community.

president@gcpea.org

Sarah Kang, Vice President

Sarah is currently serving as the Vice President, and joined the Board in 2018 as the Events Co-Chair. She held the position until 2020.

Sarah joined the Glendale College Parent Education program in January of 2017. She is so grateful for and continually amazed by this resource in the community to help her learn about parenting from knowledgeable educators. She is also thankful for the new friends they have met in the community! 

Sarah enjoys being a stay at home mom, Licensed therapist, and online math instructor for children. She currently resides in Glendale with her family.

vicepresident@gcpea.org

Lineli Hairapetian, Treasurer

Lineli has joined the GCPEA Board as Purchaser in the 2019-20 academic year.

 

She joined the Parent Education program in 2017 as first-time mom and loved the program from day one. Lineli states, “the program is an amazing learning, playing and socializing opportunity for both kids and parents alike.”  She absolutely enjoys and benefits from the informative and helpful discussions with experienced teachers and parents. After learning more about the program and personally experiencing its impact, Lineli decided to join the GCPEA board.  She values and appreciate all the work and effort that goes into this program and plans to attended class currently with her son and in the future with her daughter.  Lineli would like to volunteer as much as her schedule allows, and to help other families benefit from this great opportunity.

 

Lineli attended Glendale Community College between 2010-13, and during that time tutored in math at Math Discovery Center.  She transferred to Cal State LA and earned a BS in Computer Science in 2016.  For the past five years, Lineli has worked as a contractor with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as web-based application developer.

treasurer@gcpea.org

Melody Khachikian, Events Co-Chair

Melody has joined the GCPEA Board as Events Co-Chair in the 2019-20 academic year.

She heard about the Glendale College Parent Education Program through a friend and joined in the Fall of 2018 with her then 3-year-old son, Liam.

From the start, Melody felt welcomed into a community of parents sharing many of the same questions she had while raising their children. The excellent knowledge of the teachers along with the friendly community of parents, made her feel supported and reassured that she had found an incredible educational resource for both herself and her son.

After volunteering as a Class Representative for three separate classes during the 2018-19 academic year; Melody eagerly joined the GCPEA as Events Co-Chair to give back to a program she loves and enjoys.

 

Melody’s employment history has been in the banking business for nearly 30 years. She currently is a full-time Mom to Liam- aka “the Joy of her life.”  She loves to cook and entertain friends and family. She has been married for 11 years, has 2 dogs and enjoys finding fun things for her son to do around the city.

 

Melody is a proud Glendale Community College alumnus. What a great surprise it was for her to return to GCC- this time for Parent Education classes.

events@gcpea.org

Savana Davdian, Events Co-Chair

events@gcpea.org

Lisa Hairapetian Aghajani, Purchaser

She joined the Parent Education program in 2017 with her then one-year old Son. After joining and trying various paid programs, a family member suggested Parent Ed. This no tuition-based program has been very fulfilling and an amazing journey of learning, socializing and fun for both Mommy and Son. When they say, “it takes a village”, it has truly felt like a family of Mom’s sharing their wisdom, strategies and experiences to learn from and help raise well rounded little humans. Volunteering and joining the board is the least she can do to express her gratitude for all the program has given.


Lisa has a BA in Economics from Cal State Northridge and has spent most of her career in Property and Facilities Management. After many years of trying, she finally had her Son Alexander in 2016. She then decided to take a leap of faith and left work to become a full time Mom and would not trade the title and tireless work for anything. Since having her Son, she has decided to pursue her passion for teaching and started work as a Substitute Teacher which still allows her the necessary flexibility to be a Mom.


Lisa lives with her Husband Ara, Son Alexander and two Dachshund’s Buddy and Daisy. She enjoys baking, crafting, sports, secretly playing with toys (especially Legos) and anything Disney.

purchasing@gcpea.org

Arineh Ebrahimi, PEPOR Editor

Arineh joined the GCPEA Board as PEPOR Editor in the 2018-19 academic year and currently holds the position.

 

She joined the Glendale College Parent Education Program in 2017 as a first-time mom with her then one-month-old daughter.   Prior to having their daughter, Arineh and her husband Arabo, did extensive research on various mental health resource websites about healthy parenting practices.  It was in this research effort that they found the GCPEA program. 

Arineh believes in today’s world, parenting is more than pulling from one’s parents life experiences.  She believes to raise a healthy and happy child; one must also learn from peers and teachers specialized in early childhood development and it is here at Glendale College Parent Education program that she has found that community.  Arineh hopes by taking part in this community dynamic, her child will be a physically, mentally, and socially strong member of our community as well as those communities in her future endeavors.  She is grateful for the GCPEA program and has seen the benefits this program has had on her daughter’s behavior, socialization capabilities and over-all academic skill.  Arineh never misses the opportunity to encourage all parents with children 0 to five years to attended this Parent Ed program.  Joining the GCPEA board as the PEPOR editor felt like the next step in promoting this program and its far-reaching benefits to the community.

 

Arineh holds a BA in Business Administration.  She worked for 10 years as the executive assistant to the owner of one of Iran’s largest companies, Hacoupian Clothing Industries.  While working, she volunteered as a teacher in a child development program offered through the Church of Iran studying Human Behavior with a focus on Mental Health. Arineh was also a dedicated singer in their church choir group.  Given her history with mental health, Arineh began working for the Department of Mental Health of LA County when she moved to the Glendale area. 

 

Professional photography has always been a passion for Arineh- a passion that started when she was a teenager. Amongst her editorial duties on the GCPEA board, she has volunteered to photograph the GCPEA events. 

newsletter@gcpea.org

Talin Singer, Communications; Historian

Talin joined the GCPEA board in the 2020-2021 academic year and is now serving as Historian (Communications).

Talin first learned about the Parent Education program at GCC from a friend and joined shortly after in the fall of 2017 with her then 1-year-old daughter. She is grateful for the opportunity this program has provided the last 3 years and continues to be amazed that this wealth of knowledge is available free of charge, hoping more parents will take advantage of this wonderful program. Talin is also thankful for the other parents she has met through the classes and the friendships that have formed for both her and her daughter. This class has not only helped her navigate parenting for her youngest, but also her teenager and preteen. Talin wishes she knew about this program when her older kids were younger. With regard to the program’s format change in light of COVID-19, Talin states, “I am beyond impressed with how the pandemic has been handled by this department and look forward to each of the Zoom classes.”

Talin was a preschool teacher for 3 years when she found her passion for law and became a paralegal and worked for various law firms for 13 years specializing in Personal Injury, Immigration, and Civil Defense Litigation cases. When she learned that she had been blessed with her 3rd child she transitioned to a stay-at-home mom, always dedicated to her family and treasuring the togetherness that has resulted from COVID-19. In her spare time, she likes to paint, read, and do puzzles.

welcome@gcpea.org

, Historian

historian@gcpea.org

Arsineh Vartanian, IT Manager

Arsineh joined the GCPEA Board as IT Manager in the 2018-19 academic year and currently holds the position. 

 

She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has been a software developer for the past 10 years.

 

Arsineh moved to United States in 2010 with her husband Edgar after living on the East Coast for nearly 5 years. Together they moved to California to be closer to friends and family and now they are living in Burbank with their two daughters, Emily and Nelly. 

 

Arsineh joined the Glendale College Parent Education Program during the Summer of 2018 as a first-time mom with her then 14-month-old daughter, Emily. 

She recognized the challenges of being a first-time mom and decided to join Glendale College Parent Education program on the recommendation of her cousin and friend. Since joining, Arsineh and Emily are regulars in the classroom and are both benefiting from the great instructors and other parents sharing about the challenges of parenthood.  Arsineh has enjoyed the tuition-free program very much and has chosen to give back by joining the GCPEA board as an IT manager.

it@gcpea.org

Vehik Nazaryan, Secretary

Vehik joined the GCPEA Board as an historian in fall of 2019 and currently holds the position.

She joined the program in summer of 2018 when her son, Bairt, was 14 months old and has been in the program since then. Knowing the value of the Glendale College Parent Education Program and how the program changed her life, Vehik decided to join the GCPEA board after her son Norvin was born.

Vehik and her husband Jirayer used to live in Maryland where she got her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional science/dietetics from the University of Maryland College Park and became a Dietitian. After eight years living in Maryland, Vehik and her husband decided to move to Los Angeles, California to be close to family and friends. Being a newcomer to Los Angeles and having a new baby was not easy to adjust for Vehik. It was then that she realized she needs all the help she can get. Finding GCPEA program has helped Vehik greatly in her parenthood journey and raising her two sons. She is always looking forward to bring her sons to classes, socializing and learning from experienced and knowledgeable teachers and amazing parents while her son is playing and learning in a safe environment.

Vehik loves recipe testing, cooking, and baking while listening to music. She also enjoys going on a stroller walk with her husband and sons.

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