Jermik Ankyun (“Warm Hearth”) Foundation Board Members

Davo, one of our residents
Davo, one of our residents
Copyright: Chris Kitahara


The work of Jermik Ankyun Foundation and Friends of Warm Hearth is one and the same.  Jermik Ankyun Foundation is our Armenian nonprofit and Friends of Warm Hearth is our US nonprofit.


Friends of Warm Hearth was founded in 2005 and Jermik Ankyun Foundation was founded in 2008 to provide more direct oversight and management to our group home.  As Warm Hearth began to reach out and extend itself to include a wider community of orphaned or abandoned individuals with disabilities, we realized that we needed a local nonprofit, which could be dedicated exclusively to this vulnerable population we serve.

The board members of Jermik Ankyun Foundation have been with us since our inception in 2008. 


Alya Kirakosyan

President (Yerevan, Armenia)

  • Founder & Executive Director, Jermik Ankyun Foundation
  • Former Warm Hearth Program Manager
  • Sociologist



Nicholas Bruno


Member (Yerevan, Armenia)

  • International Development Specialist


Alvard Dabaghyan 


Member (Yerevan, Armenia)

  • Lawyer

Vahag Melkonian

Member (Yerevan, Armenia)

  • Lawyer, Arlex Law Firm

Anna Mirzoyan

Member (Yerevan, Armenia)

  • Psychiatrist

Anahit Mkhoyan

Member (Gyumri, Armenia)

  • Founder of Armenian “Faith and Light” Community
  • Executive Director of Homeland Development Initiatives Foundation

Copyright: Chris Kitahara
Copyright: Chris Kitahara