Nazar Altun – Exec/Chair
Lena DerOhannessian – Exec/Vice-Chair
Siranoush Dervogormiyaciyan – Exec/Secretary
Chris Isakhanian – Exec/Treasurer
Karen Nargizian – Exec
Avak Uzatmaciyan – Exec
Stephanie Torossian – Head of School
Hera Mahkoulian – Faculty Rep
Sonya Bejarian – Grants Committee Rep
Lori Semerciyan – Alumni Rep
Taline Chalian – PTO Chair
Meline Toufayan – PTO Chair
Gregory T. Simonian
Nazar Altun is the Chairman of the Board of the Hovnanian School and has served as a trustee since 2010. Mr. Altun, an attorney, is General Counsel of Princeton Holdings LLC, a real estate investment company based in Manhattan where he works on structuring and overseeing the legal aspects of all of Princeton’s transactions. Prior to joining Princeton, Mr. Altun was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Mr. Altun’s practice focused on litigation arising from highly complex commercial real estate transactions. He has advised clients in over $6 billion worth of real estate transactions. Mr. Altun also has experience in defending securities, fraud investigations, and civil action by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. He and his wife Doreen are proud parents to Aren and Daron, who are both students at Hovnanian School.
Lena DerOhannessian has spent a 20-year career in marketing and advertising of consumer packaged goods and beverages. She has worked at full-service advertising agencies such as Chiat Day and Saatchi & Saatchi; has led communications strategy teams at media conglomerates like Universal McCann and MediaVest; and has worked on brand marketing and creative development on the corporate side, her final role being the VP Global Marketing Director for the Southern Comfort Family of Brands. She has built a reputation of positive influence within multi-functional and highly matrixed organizations, improving the caliber of teams and agencies across marketing communities and disciplines. She has stepped away from the work-force for the past 5 years to focus on raising her three children who attend Hovnanian School, developing within them a sense of Armenian identity and community. Currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Hovnanian School Parent Teacher Organization, and sits on the Board of Trustees Executive Committee.
Chris Isakhanian, Treasurer of the Hovnanian School, has served as a trustee since 2020. He is a proud alumnus (Class of ‘07) and aspires to be a parent of Hovnanian students one day. Chris is a Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Bank of America, where he drives strategic thinking and transformation initiatives for Merrill Lynch and the Private Bank. Prior to joining Bank of America, Chris was a Vice President of Corporate Finance at BlackRock, where he led global finance projects and supported the office of the CFO. Over his 7 years at BlackRock, his work has spanned financial reporting, business planning, project management, finance transformation, investor relations, and leadership advisory.
His career began with an internship at Alex. Brown via the AGBU Global Leadership Program (NYSIP) in 2013. He earned his B.Sc. in Business, Magna Cum Laude & Beta Gamma Sigma, with concentrations in Finance & Management from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2015. Outside of work, Chris is a member of the Hovnanian Alumni Association and a regular mentor for the AGBU Global Leadership Program. He has previously served as Chair of the BlackRock Graduate Philanthropy Committee, president of the NYU Armenian Club, and regular volunteer for the Children of Armenia Fund.
PepsiCo veteran Siranoush Dervogormiyaciyan is Senior Director of Sales in the Northeast Region of Frito Lay North America. In this role Siranoush manages a $3 BN customer team across large and small format accounts. Most recently, Siranoush led Commercial Planning based in White Plains, NY. In this role, Siranoush has direct accountability for leading strategy and execution, space leadership and innovation for the North Division. Siranoush joined PepsiCo in 2009 in revenue management, where she worked closely with sales, finance and supply chain to deliver price/pack strategy and innovation, including the successful launch of the Mountain Dew 24 oz can. In 2012, she transitioned to NAB Strategy and played a critical role in delivering our 2013 and 2014 retail SBP to Indra Nooyi. She was also Director of LF Strategy & Execution, where she developed and delivered the 2015 and 2016 Grocery Channel AOPs to the field. Siranoush has held selling roles when she led the largest retail customer in legacy NER. She was responsible for DSD sales at Wakefern which owns both ShopRite and PriceRite stores totaling $160MM annual retail sales. Lastly, Siranoush negotiated 3 year exclusive contract extension for PriceRite from 2016-2019 – the only exclusive retail customer at PBNA. Prior to PepsiCo, Siranoush had 9 years of experience in consulting with Booz & Co. (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) and investment banking with Lehman Brothers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance & International Business from Stern, the business school of NYU, and an M.B.A. from the London Business School in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Outside of PepsiCo Siranoush enjoys spending time with her husband Robert and two young children Mary (9 years) and Garen (6 years). She also sits on the Board of Directors at Hovnanian Armenian School as a Vice Chairman.