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.
Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, President, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
A native of Fort Worth, TX, Fr. Daniel is a graduate of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in Armonk, NY. While studying at the Seminary, Fr. Daniel earned a master’s degree in musicology at the City University of New York. After a year sojourn in Armenia, he studied for five years in Italy. In 1997, he received a doctorate degree in liturgy from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, a renowned institute dedicated to the study of the history, theology, liturgy and spirituality of the Greek, Russian, Armenian, Syriac, Coptic and other ancient Eastern churches. Fr. Daniel was ordained a celibate priest in 1997 and served as dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary until 2012. He has also served as a visiting pastor of the St. Sarkis Church of Charlotte, NC. Fr. Daniel has also served as a visiting professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. In November 2012, Fr. Daniel was appointed the director of the Eastern Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center. In May 2018, Fr. Daniel was elected as the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern).
Gregory J. Amerkanian, Cresskill, NJ (Board member since 2019)
Greg is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He joined Merrill in 1993. His professional knowledge is in the development of complete financial strategies for high net worth families and individuals, including retirement forecasting, asset allocation modeling, asset preservation & estate tax minimization strategies. He holds an Economics degree from the College of the Holy Cross, as well as the designations of CFP, CIMA, and CRPC. He also counsels small-to-medium sized companies, not-for-profit organizations and charitable endowments in cash management, investment and retirement plans. Greg is also involved in several other charitable and non-profit organizations within his community, such as the Children of Armenia Fund, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, St. Thomas Armenian Church of Tenafly, NJ and the Elisabeth Morrow School. Greg resides in Cresskill, New Jersey with his wife, Natalie, and sons Shant, Garo and Saro.
Eric Baroyan, New York, NY, (Board Member since 2018)
Eric is a Partner with American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm with over $4.0 billion of raised capital focused on the industrial and manufacturing services industries with best-in-class investment results, Prior to that, he served as an associate at Capital Z Partners, a private equity firm with approximately $1.8 billion in committed capital and in the Investment Banking Division of Salomon Smith Barney. Eric is a graduate of the University of Southern California, graduating in 2001 magna cum laude. He is fluent in Armenian and active in the Armenian General Benevolent Union. Eric, his wife Talene and their three children live in NYC and are parishioners of St. Vartan Cathedral.
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.
Robert E. Cannuscio, West Chester, PA (Secretary, 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, New York, NY (Board 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.
Aline Khatchadourian, Manhasset, NY, (Board member since 2019)
Aline Khatchadourian is a Certified Professional Accountant with more than 30 years professional experience in both public and private accounting, and has a strong track record of implementing long-term financial planning and budgeting for diverse companies and organizations. Her most recent role was as Deputy Supervisor for the Town of North Hempstead. Prior to joining the Town, Aline held various positions in Nassau County government, focusing on the complex financial issues confronting the County, which has a budget of approximately $2.7 billion. She also had extensive experience in the private sector, having been a manager at KPMG Peat Marwick, one of the world’s leading accounting firms and the CFO of a successful manufacturing company. Aline and her husband, Manuel, reside in Manhasset, New York and are members of Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Bayside, NY. They have two adult children who both live and work in NYC.
Tom Garabedian, Hopkinton, MA (Vice Chair, 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.
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.