The ACEF Board of Directors
The Armenian Church Endowment Fund is an independent nonprofit organization governed by a board of your peers. Board members are volunteers who contribute both professional expertise and personal commitment to the Armenian community.
His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, President, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian was born in Arapkir, Turkey in 1951, and began his religious studies at Istanbul’s Holy Cross Armenian Seminary at the age of 13. His studies at the seminary of Jerusalem’s St. James Armenian Patriarchate (1967-1971) culminated in his ordination as a celibate priest in 1971. His later education led him throughout the U.S. and Europe: to New York’s General Theological Seminary, St. John’s University in Minneapolis, the Gregorian University in Rome, and Oxford’s Oriental Institute. He has received honorary doctorates from General Theological Seminary, Seton Hall University, and the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.
His Eminence was elected as Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) in the spring of 1990, and was subsequently elevated to the rank of bishop, and later archbishop (1992), by His Holiness Vasken I, the late Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, at the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. He is currently serving his sixth four-year term as chief bishop of the largest diocese of the Armenian diaspora. As the president of the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), he has led the effort to develop the free Republic of Armenia, and bring humanitarian assistance to its citizens. Archbishop Barsamian is a leader in a number of religious and ecumenical organizations, including the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, and the Appeal of Conscience Foundation.
Gregory Bedrosian, Greenwich, CT (Chair, Investment Committee, Board Member since 2011)
Mr. Bedrosian is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Drake Star Partners, an investment banking firm based in New York and London focused on the technology, communications, and media industries. In his over 20-year career, he has been co-founder and partner of two successful independent investment banks and a private equity firm, and began his Wall Street career with Salomon Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston. An active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chatham House, he serves on boards of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board of Directors, the Penn Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board, and the Greenwich Committee on Conservation and Development. Mr. Bedrosian has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Greenwich with his wife, Elena, and son.
Alyssa Keleshian Bonomo, Greenwich, CT (Secretary, Board Member since 2009)
Mrs. Keleshian-Bonomo is a member of St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains, New York, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Armenia Fund USA. She is the Executive Vice President of K Investments, a family-owned real estate investments company. Prior to this, she spent 18 years in luxury marketing, including 10 years at American Express. She currently serves on the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Hudson Valley Bank CT Advisory Board, and the Convent of the Sacred Heart Alumni Board. Mrs. Keleshian Bonomo has a BS in marketing and entrepreneurial studies from Babson College. She resides in Greenwich with her husband, Tom Bonomo, and two sons.
Robert E. Cannuscio, Robert E. Cannuscio, West Chester, PA (Board Member since 2013)
Robert E. Cannuscio is a partner in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP where he specializes in Intellectual Property Law and Technology Counseling and Licensing. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, he was a shareholder at the intellectual property boutique firm of Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna & Monaco, P.C. He is active in many legal and professional associations and is currently president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association. He is on the Board of the Armenian Sisters Academy in Radnor, PA and on the Parish Council and Men’s Club of Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Church in Wynnewood, PA, where he is the treasurer of the Permanent Endowment Fund, the Youth Committee and the ACYOA Juniors. A graduate of the Pace University School of Law and the Polytechnic Institute of New York, Mr. Cannuscio lives in West Chester, PA with his wife, Karen Aznavourian Cannuscio and their three sons.
Melanie Dadourian, Melanie Dadourian, New York, NY (Member since 2016)
Melanie Dadourian is a News Specials and Documentaries Producer for the Fox News Channel in New York. She has worked for the past 17 years at the 24-hour cable network delving into news topics and historical issues that impact Americans. Some of her television productions include “Hurricane Katrina: The Storm of a Lifetime,” “Terror Strikes Boston, Boston Strikes Back,” “The Nativity: Facts, Fictions & Faith,” and “50 Years of Questions: The JFK Assassination.” Melanie is a Director for the Dadourian Foundation and United Armenian Charities. The Foundation supports various efforts from helping homeless children in Armenia and supplying medical aid, to supporting programs of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Aside from volunteering for various community groups, she most recently helped develop a media campaign for the Armenian Genocide Central Committee of America. Her focus today is promoting Genocide awareness as a board member of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Next Generation Council. Melanie holds a B.S. degree from Boston University. She currently lives in Manhattan and is a parishioner at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral.
Charles A. Demirjian, Chicago, IL (Chairman, Board Member since 2011)
Charles A. Demirjian is the President of Tillotson Limited, a manufacturer of carburetors for lawn and garden, karting, drone aircraft and other small engine applications. Mr. Demirjian also serves as a Managing Director of Forbearance Capital, L.L.C., a privately held investment company, and as an officer of its portfolio companies, including T/CCI Manufacturing, L.L.C., which is engaged in the manufacture of compressors for the heavy duty trucking, bus and military industries. Previously, Mr. Demirjian served as an executive officer for Navigant Consulting, Inc., a publicly traded management consulting firm. Prior to that, Mr. Demirjian was a member of the law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd. and an associate with the law firm of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg. Mr. Demirjian is a graduate of the University of Michigan (A.B., 1987; J.D. 1990). Mr. Demirjian and his wife, Suzanne, live in Chicago with their three children.
Michael Dukmejian, New York, NY (Treasurer, Board Member since 2011)
Mr. Dukmejian is the Publisher of Bloomberg Markets magazine, responsible for advertising, circulation, marketing, production, and finance. Previously, he was an Executive Vice President at SourceMedia, Inc., responsible for the publication of the journals Financial Planning, On Wall Street, and Accounting Today, among others. He spent his first 25 years in publishing at Time Inc., where he was group publisher of Fortune, Money Group, and CNNMoney.com, and before that, he held top management positions at Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Time. Mr. Dukmejian is also a director of Tri-Artisan Partners LLC. He has an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA from Stony Brook University. He resides in New York with his wife and two children.
Tom Garabedian, Hopkinton, MA (Board Member since 2011)
Mr. Garabedian is a founding member of the Armenian Church of the Holy Translators in Framingham, Massachusetts, is chair of the Diocesan Clergy Benefits Committee, and is a Diocesan Delegate. Mr. Garabedian is a Principal and Consulting Actuary with AonHewitt, an international human resources and risk management company. He serves as Vice Chair of the Hopkinton Zoning Board and is a Commissioner of Hopkinton Trust Funds. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Mr. Garabedian is a graduate of Bowdoin College. He resides in Hopkinton with his wife, Dora.
Jim Kalustian, Arlington, MA (Board Memer since 2013)
Rebecca Shaghalian Larkin, New York, NY (Board Member since 2011)
Mrs. Shaghalian Larkin is co-head of the North American Equity Derivative Sales business for the Securities Division. She began her career at Goldman Sachs as an associate in Equity Derivative Sales in 1998. After eight years in sales, she led the North American Securities management team for both sales and trading and then co-managed the Global Institutional Sales force. She was name managing director in 2005 and partner in 2008. Mrs. Shaghalian Larkin serves on the Advisory Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and also serves on the President’s Council of Cornell Women. She earned a BS in Business from Babson College in 1991 and an MBA from the Cornell University Johnson School of Management in 1998. She and her husband, John, have three children and live in New York City.
Charles Simonian, New York, NY (Vice Chairman, Board Member since 2009)
Mr. Simonian is a portfolio manager at Sigma Capital Management, a division of SAC Capital, a hedge fund with over $13 billion under management. At Sigma since 2008, he oversees a portfolio of U.S. and European industrial and consumer discretionary stocks. Mr. Simonian has over 15 years of investment experience, including running his own hedge fund. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Simonian resides in Manhattan with his wife, Dina Kazanjian, and their three children.
Gregory Zorthian, Gregory Zorthian, Greenwich, CT (Chair, Audit Committee, Board member since 2016)
Greg Zorthian, a Managing Director with Mishkin Associates, is a media consultant and a seasoned media executive with extensive experience in magazines, newspapers, digital media and international publishing. He has led divisions of large media companies as well as start ups. Currently, he is consulting to media companies in the newspaper, magazine, digital and association areas. Greg was president of the Americas for the Financial Times from 2009 through 2012. Concurrently, he served as the FT’s Global Circulation Director, from 2007 through 2012 and was a member of the FT Board. With over three decades of experience in the media industry, Greg has held senior roles in general management, consumer marketing, business development and digital operations at Time Inc., Forbes Inc, Business Week and Magellan Media Consulting Partners. Greg holds a B.A. in History from Yale and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has served Yale as Chairman of the Yale Alumni Magazine Board and as executive committee member of the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors. He has previously served on the Board of ACEF as Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Greg lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife Robin and their two children and they are members of St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains, NY.