Friends of Warm Hearth Board Members
Jessica Barrett Simpson
Chair (Washington, DC)
- Masters in Public Administration, New York University
Jessica Barrett Simpson is continually inspired by Warm Hearth and its residents. She has assisted with strategic planning, financial reporting, and a cost-effectiveness analysis of long-term community-based care in Armenia. She has brought to the board her experience working on international collaborations involving U.S. and overseas institutions and government agencies. Jessica lives in Washington, DC and is a Senior Program Officer in the International and Foreign Language Education office at the U.S. Department of Education. She has also worked for several nonprofits and United Nations agencies that focused on international development, health care, and microfinance. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from NYU and a BA in Intercultural Studies.
Davit (resident) with Bridget
Secretary (Enterprise, Oregon)
- MS Special Education
- Former Peace Corps Volunteer, Armenia (2001-2003)
Bridget met many of the Warm Hearth residents in 2001 when she started her two year Peace Corps service in Kapan. She marvels at the progress and growth she has witnessed over the past ten years and considers it an honor to continue to stay connected and support her former students as a Friends of Warm Hearth Board Member. Bridget has over fifteen years of in-depth experience advocating for individuals with special needs, with comprehensive expertise with program planning, monitoring and evaluation. As an educator, Bridget has taught students ages three to adults. Bridget currently lives in Eastern Oregon and serves as director of a program serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
L. Marshal Bryant
Agappy (resident) with Marshal
Treasurer (Prescott, Arizona)
- MBA in Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- Currently treasurer of a corporation that provides financial investment and trust management services for individuals, families, trusts and charitable foundations.
Marshal has served in executive positions and on the Board of Directors of three corporations and four non-profit organizations, as well as several national advisory boards. He attended Vanderbilt University, graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He has traveled to Armenia and has had the privilege of meeting most of the original residents of Warm Hearth. Marshal lives in Prescott, Arizona and is Treasurer of a financial and trust management company.
Member (Glendale, California)
- Specialized Academia Instructor
- Daily Allan High School
Satenik was born in Krovakan, Armenia. Satenik is hard of hearing and as a result encountered many barriers growing up, hurdles that often hindered her from progressing smoothly and with confidence. As a child in Armenia, there were no resources or tools available to assist her. In 1988, her parents immigrated to California in the hopes of a better life, especially for Satenik. Satenik knows firsthand the struggles of trying to adapt to an environment that is inflexible and sculpted for the benefit of the "majority" and has benefited immensely from support services and is passionate about others receiving support and tools to thrive.
Member (Enterprise, Oregon)
- Executive Director for Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness
- Masters degree in Psychology (Emphasis in Child, Couple and Family)
Chantay has worked for thirteen years in the mental health field and has worked with children in an inpatient psychiatric unit at Children's Hospital, private practice, Administrator of Wallowa River House, a Residential Treatment facility for people with severe and persistent mental illness, Outpatient Mental Health Clinician and WVCW's Operations Officer. Her varied background also includes a ten-year partnership in a commercial marine electronics company for cargo vessels managing thirteen staff and a $4.2 million budget, and three years as a buyer for The Bon Marche.
Juliet (Dilanchyan) Setian
Juliet (middle) with two Warm Hearth residents
Member (Irvine, California)
- Philosophy Instructor
Juliet was born in Armenia, where she lived until the age of fourteen, when her family moved to Glendale, California. After graduating from USC with a bachelors of arts in philosophy, she went on to get her masters degree at Biola. Juliet has been supporting and volunteering for Warm Hearth since 2008 translating documents and organizing fundraisers in the L.A. area with her sister. She has been to Armenia twice, visiting her friends at Warm Hearth. She lives in Irvine with her husband and two children. She homeschools her son and teaches philosophy part-time.
Lee Ann (Odabashian) Williams
Member (Moraga, California)
- Occupational Therapist in private practice (Max-Ability)
- Of Armenian descent
Lee Ann Williams, OTR/L, has been working in the field of Occupational Therapy for the past 30 years. She has taught classes on self regulation to high school students on the Autistic Spectrum at Orion Academy in Moraga, California. She has also presented workshops on Understanding and Teaching Children with Learning Differences and Special Needs for the Pleasanton Unified School District and in the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. Lee Ann maintains a private practice, Max-Ability, in Orinda, California, where she works with children and adolescents.