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ETCHMIADZIN, ArmeniaInternationally acclaimed and best-selling author Chris Bohjalian and global energy expert and author Vahan Zanoyan have joined Mer Doons new Advisory Board. Their role will be to impart strategic advice and non-financial support to the organization.

Bohjalian (L) and Zanoyan (R)

Bohjalian has penned 18 novels, most of which have been New York Times best-sellers. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and turned into movies 3 times. His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.

His awards include the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide, the ANCA Arts and Letters Award forThe Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal. His novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times best-seller, a selection of Oprahs Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Chris lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City. Among the audiobooks she has narrated are Close Your Eyes,Hold HandsandThe Guest Room.

Bohjalian shared, I was so impressed by the young women I met at Mer Doon last year and so moved by their stories. These are smart, courageous, remarkable young people. And I was so honored to glimpse the incredible work of Mer Doon. It is a home, with all that word connotes, and it is changing lives in meaningful and important ways.

Zanoyan is an author, traveler, and global energy expert. With more than 35 years of experience, he served as the CEO of First Energy Bank, and president of PFC Energy International, a part of PFC Energy, Inc. Zanoyan serves as a consultant to numerous international and national oil companies, banks, and other private and public organizations throughout the United States, the Middle East, the Far East, and Latin America. He has traveled extensively throughout the world in both his professional and personal life. Zanoyan has published two volumes of poetry.

Most notably, he published a debut novel in 2013, calledA Place Far Away,and its sequel, The Doves of Ohanavank,in 2014, both of which tackle the horrifying activities of trans-national criminal organizations engaged in human and sex trafficking in Armenia and the Middle East. Zanoyan is widely regarded as one of few writers with extensive knowledge and understanding of trafficking. He currently divides his time between Southern California, Armenia, and the Middle East.

Zanoyan stated, Mer Doon is a formidable organization which performs a critical function in Armenia, by providing a nurturing home to young girls as they get dismissed from orphanages upon turning 18. My wife and I have visited Mer Doon in Etchmiadzin on several occasions, and love seeing the wonderful and talented residents there as often as we can.

Stephen Ashekian, chairperson of Mer Doon, stated, We are truly honored that Chris and Vahan have agreed to become Advisory Board members. I believe when great people support a great cause, its a win-win for everyone.

Many corporate, organizational, and individual supporters help advance Mer Doons mission. Mer Doons corporate and organizational partners include U.S. Embassy Womens Mentoring Program, Embassy of Lithuania, Microsoft Armenia, Megerian Carpet, Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), the Etchmiadzin municipality, Gavar Orphanage, Vanadzor Orphanage, Armenia Tree Project, Armenian Eyecare Project (AECP), SOS Childrens Village, and St. John Armenian Church Detroit Womens Guild.

Mer Doon provides orphaned and disadvantaged young women (ages 18-24) a loving and nurturing place to call home. Its mission is to educate and empower them with skills to live independently in mainstream society. The organizations co-founder and executive director, Tigranuhi Karapetyan, manages the daily operations of the program.

Mer Doon is located in Etchmiadzin, Armenia. It is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the state of Connecticut and a non-governmental organization registered in the Republic of Armenia. It has no political or religious affiliations. Tax-deductible donations can be made by visiting www.mer-doon.com and clicking on Donate.


ETCHMIADZIN, ArmeniaInternationally acclaimed and best-selling author Chris Bohjalian and global energy expert and author Vahan Zanoyan have joined Mer Doons new Advisory Board. Their role will be to impart strategic advice and non-financial support to the organization. Bohjalian (L) and Zanoyan (R) Bohjalian has penned 18 novels, most of which have been New York Times best-sellers. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and turned into movies 3 times. His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon. His awards include the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide, the ANCA Arts and Letters Award forThe Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal. His novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times best-seller, a selection of Oprahs Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chris lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor [...]
ETCHMIADZIN, ArmeniaInternationally acclaimed and best-selling author Chris Bohjalian and global energy expert and author Vahan Zanoyan have joined Mer Doons new Advisory Board. Their role will be to impart strategic advice and non-financial support to the organization. Bohjalian (L) and Zanoyan (R) Bohjalian has penned 18 novels, most of which have been New York Times best-sellers. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and turned into movies 3 times. His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon. His awards include the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide, the ANCA Arts and Letters Award forThe Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal. His novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times best-seller, a selection of Oprahs Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chris lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor [...]
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