Staff

 

ARMENIA OFFICE

Our Team


ARINA ZOHRABIAN
Director of Admissions

I have had quite the international life! Born in London, I spent my childhood years in Iran, then moved to the United States, and finally to Canada where I graduated from McGill University. I moved to Armenia in 2002 to serve as a volunteer with the Armenian Volunteer Corps and never returned to my home in the US. What was meant to be a one year volunteer service evolved into a life changing experience.

Today, I serve as the Director of Admissions at the American University of Armenia where I manage the strategy and operations for undergraduate and graduate admissions, national and global outreach, and international student services. What I love most about my job? Interacting with future applicants and their families and witnessing their passion for learning and education. When I’m not working, I love playing tennis, working out, and spending time with my amazing family.

E-mail: azohrabian@aua.am
Tel: (+374 60) 61 27 94


TATEVIK ORDINYAN
Senior Admissions Counselor

Although originally from Yerevan, Armenia, I spent my  high school years studying in Nicosia, Cyprus. I returned to complete my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Yerevan State University where I majored in English philology. I also obtained a Certificate in Translation from AUA in June 2016. During my studies, I started an internship with the U.S. Embassy in Armenia where I supported the Public Affairs Section with their cultural and educational events.

In August 2013, I joined AUA’s School of Public Health as an administrative assistant. In February 2015 I transitioned  to the Office of Admissions where I started as an Admissions Counselor and now serve as the Senior Admissions Counselor. I manage our front desk, oversee our undergraduate recruitment, and coordinate our numerous on-campus and off-campus events. What I love most about my position… interacting with prospective applicants and their families. Just a word of caution… stay away from me when I’m hungry :).

E-mail: tordinyan@aua.am
Tel: (+374 60) 61 27 54


LILIT HOVHANNISYAN
Admissions Counselor

I am proud to say I am the first undergraduate alumna working in the Office of Admissions. I was born in Vanadzor, Armenia’s third largest city. I moved to Yerevan to study English and Communications at AUA. Throughout my studies, I taught English at the American Corner in Yerevan and interned with the US Embassy in Armenia as their Social Media and Information Resource Center Assistant.

In 2016, I was one of few participants selected to represent Armenia in the Study of the US Institutes (SUSI) program where I spent over a month learning Public Policy Making at Southern Illinois University. After completing my studies at AUA, I realized I wanted to commit to my alma mater by becoming an Admissions Counselor. In my position, I work on our incoming study abroad and summer programs and support international recruitment efforts. I also am here to answer any questions related to our admissions process, application requirements, and more.

P.S. I also manage our Admissions Facebook page. If you’re not yet following us, you better do it now :)!

E-mail: lhovhannisyan@aua.am
Tel: (+374 60) 61 27 79


PATIL OUNJIAN
Admissions Counselor

When AUA first launched its undergraduate programs in 2013, I instantly knew this is where I wanted to study. After getting admitted to the English & Communications program, I moved from Beirut, Lebanon to join AUA’s first undergraduate class ever. Although the transition from large city Beirut to small city Yerevan was initially difficult, I slowly fell in love with this charming city, its people, and my university. During my studies, I interned at the United Nations Department of Public Information where I helped to organize the Model UN 2015 conference.  

I joined AUA as an Admissions Counselor just a few months after graduating. In my spare time, I enjoy training in MMA, drawing, and playing online games.

E-mail: patil.ounjian@aua.am
Tel: (+374 60) 61 27 48


KARINE SATAMYAN
Admissions and Recruitment Officer

I am the longest serving team member in the admissions team! With my study and work experience at AUA, I have connections and roots around the world, I feel as a bridge connecting Armenia with the former Soviet republics, Europe, USA, and more.

I graduated from Anania Shirakatsi University with a degree in International Relations and then moved on to pursue my Master of Laws right here at AUA. I am a clear example of the impact an AUA education provides. I graduated having developed my knowledge, analytical thinking, and creativity - all assets that help me in my position at AUA. I mostly focus on graduate admissions and recruitment in my position. What do I like most in my job? Working with applicants interested in furthering their education and supporting them in their endeavors to have a positive impact on their surroundings. When I am not working, I enjoy working out and practicing yoga.

My advice to our applicants? Never hesitate to come and speak to me and our admissions team if you have questions. Our doors are always open.

E-mail: ksatamia@aua.am
Tel: (+374 60) 61 27 91


VAHAGN SHAHNAZARYAN
Senior Admissions Data Specialist

I am the newest member of the Office of Admissions. I graduated from the Faculty of Management at the French University of Armenia where I specialized in Finance. During my studies, I traveled to France to intern with  System U, a leading commerce distribution company. Since graduating, I have worked in the banking and audit industries, specifically working at ProCredit Bank as an analyst and at Grant Thornton as an auditor.

Currently, I am the Senior Admissions Data Specialist where I work mainly in the development and monitoring of the university management system’s online application system. With our developers, I am proud to state that we continually improve and streamline our application system to ease the admissions process for our applicants. In the off chance that you face an issue with the online application, then I’m probably the person with whom you will communicate. 

In addition to Armenian and English, I am fluent in French and speak Russian as well as some German and Japanese.

E-mail: vshahnazaryan@aua.am
Tel: (+374 60) 61 27 46


ARMINE HOVHANNISYAN
Admissions Data Specialist

I grew up in Akhuryan, a village located in the Shirak region of Armenia. For my studies, I moved to Yerevan where I studied at the Armenian State University of Economics obtaining both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the field of mathematical modeling. During my studies, I started working with the Economic Development and Research Center where I was responsible for data analysis and reporting. I transitioned to the Office of the President where I continued my efforts in the field of data analysis and reporting.

Today, I am one of the newer members of the Admissions team where I am responsible for supporting applicants with our online application system, managing the Admissions web site, and continuing my work with data. It’s been an exciting first year and I must confess that during this period I already feel part of the AUA family.

E-mail: armine.hovhannisyan@aua.am
Tel: (+374 60) 61 27 47


Our Work-Studies


MERRY ARTINIAN
3rd year Undergraduate Student in English & Communications

I am a Syrian Armenian from Nigeria. I lived in Nigeria for 14 years, went to a Lebanese school there and moved to Armenia after I graduated to further my education in English  & Communications. I’ve been here for two years. I went from being a girl from Nigeria with no experience to being the Deputy-Editor at The Bridge Newspaper, a Co-director and Stage Manager at AUA’s Drama Club, and a Work-Study at the Admissions Office.

AUA certainly opened up a lot of doors for me. It’s been a busy two years, that’s for sure.

E-mail: merry_artinian@edu.aua.am 


ARAKSIA MILEK
2nd year Undergraduate Student in Business

While I was raised in Syria, my family decided to move to Armenia when I was 14 years old. Although it was initially a difficult transition, Armenia’s hospitable and amazing environment made it that much easier. After living and studying in Yerevan for 5 years, I fell in love with the city and the country. How and why? Well one of the main reasons was my joining the American University of Armenia in 2016 as a BA in Business student. Not only do I enjoy my studies, but I am actively involved in many clubs at AUA including the Volunteers League and Mafia Club. In addition, starting my freshman year, I volunteered with the Office of Admissions as a student ambassador.

Now more than 1.5 years later, I serve as a work-study where I use my native Arabic language skills to support recruitment and counseling efforts for Aurora eligible applicants. I am very thankful for this opportunity. I have learned a lot and am certain this experience will help kick start my professional career.

E-mail: araksia_milek@edu.aua.am 


SHARLOT AKBARIMASIHI
3rd year Undergraduate Student in Business

I grew up in Tehran, Iran. At a young age, I moved to Yerevan with my family to continue my studies. After completing high school at the Iranian Embassy school in Yerevan, I was accepted to AUA as a business student. That same year, I started volunteering as a Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions. I am active on campus, having joined the AUA Volunteer’s League and our very own campus “the Bridge” newspaper.

This past year, I was hired as a work-study in the Office of Admissions where I enjoy providing campus tours and speaking to potential applicants and their families in Farsi, Armenian, and English.

E-mail: sharlot_akbarimasihi@edu.aua.am


CHRISTINE HAKOBYAN
2rd year Undergraduate Student in Business

I’m Christine and I am from Yerevan. I consider myself to be a very active and communicative person. I have been like this since my childhood when I recall easily making friends in my grandma’s yard. Talking about my grandmother, she was my first teacher of Russian language. I attribute my near-native Russian language skills to her.

After graduating from high school named after Samvel Gevorgyan in 2016, I applied to the American University of Armenia and was accepted to the BA in Business Program. I am so excited to be studying here not only for the academics, but also for the atmosphere. On campus, I volunteer as much as possible. It’s a great way to connect with more people and gain experience and new skills. Of all of my activities, so far my most memorable experience has been becoming a student ambassador.  The opportunity allowed me to speak to future students (that may just include you), explaining life at AUA, available opportunities, and more. Now, I’m proud to say that I am the newest work-study in the Office of Admissions. I hope to meet you and answer any questions you may have about the admissions process or about student life.

E-mail: christine_hakobyan@edu.aua.am


LEBANON REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE


ARINE GHAZARIAN
Admissions Counselor

Born in Beirut, I spent my childhood and adolescence in this charming and special city in the heart of the Middle East.  After completing my undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the Lebanese American University, I graduated from the American University of Beirut  with an MS in Environmental Sciences. Currently, I serve as the Communications Director and Programs Coordinator of the Armenian General Benevolent Union where I oversee and monitor all project activities as well as develop and implement communications strategies. Since September 2017, I have also been serving as the face of AUA’s admissions team in Lebanon. In my role, I support students/families interested in pursuing their education at the American University of Armenia.

My passion? Community service. I cannot explain in words how fulfilled I am when giving back to the community. I am really grateful to have had the chance to share my knowledge and my proven talent for implementing and managing complex and ambitious plans not only in Beirut but rather in the regions of my homeland, Armenia, where I supported the Bridge for Civil Society Organizations and Together for Armenia in empowering the youth, women, and the disabled. When I’m not working or involved in community service, you’ll find me jogging on Beirut’s seaside promenade “Corniche”.  And let’s not forget the Pilates and Body Combat classes for my mental sanity!

E-mail: arine.ghazarian@aua.am