Greg Melconian is on the senior leadership team of the Investment Banking Division for HSBC. He is a Managing Director and also Head of the Industrials Group Americas for the firm. With more than 25 years of investment banking experience, Greg is focused on providing high-touch strategic advice and capital financings for a range of multi-national corporations and global private equity firms. Prior to HSBC, Greg held senior positions at DC Advisory, a leading strategic advisory firm based in New York and London, as well as BMO Capital Markets and Barclays Capital/Lehman Brothers.
Greg holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Tufts University. He serves on several other non-profit boards, including Vice President for Rumson Country Day School, Vice President for St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, and Vice President of the Alumni Board for the Lawrenceville School.
Greg resides in Rumson, NJ with his wife Nyire and their children Henry and Chloe. They are parishioners of St. Stepanos Armenian Church in NJ.
Lisa A. Kazanjian
With nearly 25 years in healthcare marketing, Lisa has deep experience creating and implementing marketing strategies that effectively target patients and providers, impacting overall branding, referrals and revenue. She has worked on both the agency and client side, demonstrating keen attention to detail, the ability to manage diverse projects within tight deadlines and strong skills in strategic planning, budgeting, media planning, business development, brand compliance, relationship building, writing, data analysis, and more. Lisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a dual major in finance and marketing.
Lisa is a lifelong member of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Apostolic Church in Wynnewood, Pa. There she served in a variety of capacities, including as a three-term member of the Parish Council (Recording and Corresponding Secretary), co-chair of Christmas Bazaar, co-chair of Annual Picnic, committee member of the April 24th Symposium and Exhibition and president of ACYOA. An active member of the Philadelphia Armenian community, Lisa has represented the church on the Philadelphia Intracommunal Committee and the Philadelphia Armenian Genocide Committee. She also created and spearheaded the first community walkathons aimed at raising Armenian Genocide awareness and funds.
Nancy A. Berberian
Nancy A. Berberian worked in the Audit Division of Arthur Anderson & Co. as well as Controller, Finance Committee, of American Health Information Management Association
Nancy is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Accounting and obtained a CPA at that time.
Nancy has extensive service to her community. She was the Campaign Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Children Research Fund. She is a dedicated member of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, serving as Treasurer on the Parish Council, Audit Committee, Reserve Fund Committee and Sunday School teacher. She is also the Treasurer of the Womenâ€™s Guild of St. Gregory.
Nancy resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Nick. They have a married son and one granddaughter.
Gregory J. Amerkanian
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.
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.
Gregory Zorthian, a Managing Director with Mishkin Associates, is a media consultant and a long time media executive with extensive experience in magazines, newspapers, and digital media. Greg was president of the Americas for the Financial Times from 2009 through 2012 as well as well as Global Circulation Director and a member of the FT Board. With over three decades of experience in the media industry, he held senior positions at Time Inc., Forbes Inc, Business Week and Magellan Media Consulting Partners. Greg holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He joined the ACEF Board in 1992 and has previously served as Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Greg lives in Greenwich, CT and is a member of St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains, NY.
Robert E. Cannuscio
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.
Kirk Kazazian is the founder of Kazazian Asset Management, LLC. Kirk has over 20 years of experience investing in global equity markets, having started his finance career as a proprietary trader with Heartland Securities in 1996 and then subsequently as portfolio manager of Kazazian Capital Fund, LP and Kazazian Capital Offshore Fund, Ltd. Kirk specializes in combining fundamental research with tactical trading to identify situations where there are disconnects between investor perception and value. Kirk graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received an MBA in Finance with honors from Columbia Business School in 2005. Kirk is a CFA charterholder.
Elizabeth Shaghalian Vranka
Elizabeth Shaghalian Vranka is a lawyer by training and spent most of her professional career working as a corporate lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore (1991-1998) and at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York (2013-2014). In 2016, Elizabeth began a second career as Executive Director of OSilas Gallery & Art Studio at Concordia College New York (Bronxville). In this position she is in charge of all gallery operations, including securing exhibitions, marketing and fundraising. She has been active in several not-for-profit organizations in her community since moving to Bronxville in 2006. Elizabeth is a parishioner of St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains, New York, where she is a member of the Parish Council and previously taught Sunday school for several years. Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She lives with her husband, Larry, and their three children in Bronxville, NY.
Rev. Fr. Krikor Sabounjian