Our Team

 

 

 

 

“To perseverant and steady rivers that carve canyons into rock not by brute strength, but by their unending force and determination. And to those who have river souls in the fight against despair, against corruption, against all that seeks to leave the world weak and forlorn. You are the true victors. The world is more as it was supposed to be because of you.”

 

 

Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri                                                  
Founder and Executive Director - Friends of Warm Hearth (U.S.)            

Natalie
Natalie

                                                                                                                                                                       Natalie, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Kapan, Armenia from 2003-2005, worked closely with the initial residents of Warm Hearth at the orphanage in Kapan. The idea for Warm Hearth originated out of her deepening friendship with the orphans with special needs and her recognition of their post-orphanage destiny: to live their lives in government-run psychiatric institutions.  Natalie directs the organization, fundraising in the United States and making frequent trips to Armenia. Natalie has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in Intercultural Studies. She is also a published poet. Currently, Natalie lives in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and three young sons.  Email Natalie at natalie (at) friendsofwarmhearth.org.

 

 





 

 


Yelena (Alya) Kirakosyan
Executive Director - Jermik Ankyun Foundation (Armenia)

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Yelena

 

Alya is the Armenian Executive Director of Warm Hearth (Jermik Ankyun) Foundation, our Armenian nonprofit and the implementing arm of Friends of Warm Hearth. Since the very beginning, Alya has been an invaluable part of Warm Hearth. She is fiercely dedicated to seeing this work expand, deepen and become sustainable. She is also committed to Warm Hearth as a model that has the potential to multiply in Armenia to meet the need of other orphans with disabilities or mental illness in a similar plight. Equally significant, she is dedicated to our residents on an individual level. Alya has a background in Sociology. She has worked for Warm Hearth since 2005. She is married and has two daughters. Email Alya at alya (at) friendsofwarmhearth.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janna Hayrapetyan

Program Manager

Janna
Janna

 

Janna was born and educated in Yerevan at the Abovyan Pedagogical State Univeristy. She studied psychology and social work as an undergraduate and and is currently completing her masters degree in the same field. In her education she has focused primarily on behavioral issues and brings a wealth of knowledge to our home. She is committed to her work and to our residents and staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haykanush Dalagyan

Night-time Assistant

Haykanush
Haykanush

 

Haykanush was born in Stepanavan. She has worked in various fields and occupations in her life but especially enjoys working with children. Though it is her first time working with residents like ours, she takes great pleasure in her work. She is married with two daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adelaida Gevorgyan
Psychiatrist 

 

Adelaida studied medicine at Yerevan State Medical University and then was a clinical resident in "Avan" Psychiatric Clinic.  She has since worked for Avan Psychiatric Clinic both in the General Psychopatology Department and in the outpatient department.  Her areas of specialty include cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and body-oriented psychotherapy.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manan Der-Krikoryan
Accountant


 

Manan is from Gyumri.  She studied at the M. Nalbandian Pedagogical University and learned accounting at the International Training Center for Accounting.  Since 2000, she has been activitly participating in social projects.  She is married with two children.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sirush Gahramanyan

Community Life Coordinator

Sirush
Sirush

 

Sirush was born in Goris. She studied at Yerevan Trade Technical School in the department of book merchandizing. Her profession is “Goods Manager”. Until 1993 she worked as an assistant in the technical school from which she graduated and then moved to Bulgaria until 2000. She now has a background in nursing and worked in a medical center before coming to Warm Hearth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tatev Gharakhanyan 
Community Life Coordinator

 

Tatev is from Koghb Village in Tavush Marz.  She studied at the Yerevan State Pedagogical in the Departent of Social Work.  She has volunteered at Pyunic NGO and World Vision's NGOs.  She enjoys reading, making handicrafts, music and art.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gayane Khachantryan 

Community Life Coordinator 

 


Gayane is from Gyumri and is a graduate of Yerevan State University's department of Sociology.  She has a volunteer history with Kritas Organization's "Aregak" Center, "Pogrik Ishghan" Day Center, "Hope and Light" organization, APRA Marketing Center and HDIF Foundation.  She also has a history of working with children with disabilities.  She enjoys reading books and spending time with children.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margarit Mnoyan

Community Life Coordinator

Margarit
Margarit

 

Margarita was born in Echmiadzin, Armenia. She studied at a Cooperative Technical School in the department of management. Since 2006 she has been working as a direct-care provider at Warm Hearth. She is married with two children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seryogha Mnoyan

Night-time Assistant

Sergey
Sergey


Seryogha Mnoyan came on staff in 2012 when Sassoon was coming home from the clinic.  Seryogha was born in 1948 in Horom village.  After high school, he served in the Armenian army.  After his service he studied in a cooperative university.  He is married with four daughters and five grandchildren.  He enjoys spending time with children.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Srbuhi Movsisyan

General Caregiver 

 

Srbuhi
Srbuhi

 

Srbuhi was born in 1967 in Yerevan.  She graduated from Yerevan State College.  She is married with two daughters. She is gifted creatively and enjoys making handiwords very much.  She organizes handiwork classes and activities for the residents and enjoys spending time with our residents.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karine Ter-Hakobyan
Night-time Assistant

Karine
Karine

 

Karine was born in Yerevan. Prior to working at Warm Hearth, she worked in social services through Mission Armenia NGO. As a result, her work experience has been with charity and nonprofit organizations. She is married and has a son and a daughter.