Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors and Staff

Roxanne Makasdjian, President, board member, and Executive Director, has a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked as a national television news producer for more than 20 years, and is currently the Director of Broadcast Communications at UC Berkeley. As a founder of The Genocide Education Project, Ms. Makasdjian oversees the creation of lesson plans, external communications, planning of teacher training workshops, including the GenEd Teacher Fellowship Program in Armenia. She has also been instrumental in developing working partnerships with national, state and local educational institutions.

Dr. Dikran Kaligian, GenEd Board Member, teaches history at Worcester State and previously taught at Clark University and Regis, Westfield State, and Wheaton Colleges. He is the past chairperson of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Eastern Region and Managing Editor of the Armenian Review. He received his Ph.D. in history from Boston College. His book, “Armenian Organization and Ideology under Ottoman Rule, 1908-1914,” was published in 2009 by Transaction Publishing.

Dr. Gohar Momjian, GenEd Board Member, is Vice President of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. She holds a B.A. in Psychology specializing in Business Administration from UCLA, an M.A. in International Education, Administration, and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC. She has volunteered for several Armenian nonprofit organizations and educational institutions over the last 25 years, including the Armenian Relief Society, Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of the Bay Area, and GenEd.

Kerri Flynn, GenEd Education Director, has been a high school social studies educator for 25 years. She teaches Modern U.S. History and has also created a Human Rights and Genocide course at her school, Washington High School, near St. Louis, Missouri. Flynn received the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator award in 2022 and serves as Executive Secretary for the Missouri Council for the Social Studies. She also teaches Sociology and Psychology at East Central College. She is one of GenEd’s first GenEd Teacher Fellowship Program participants. She has participated in numerous other in-depth professional development programs for teachers related to human rights, the Holocaust and other genocides, and WWII.

Seda Aghamianz serves as GenEd Administrator. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Russian from U/Mass-Amherst. Ms. Aghamianz has held several positions within the Armenian community, including Executive Director of the Armenian Relief Society, Eastern United States, and Project Manager at the Ani and Narod Memorial Fund. She has served on several non-profit boards as a volunteer member and currently serves on the Boards of the Marshall Home Fund and Watertown for All Ages.

Advisory Board

Dr. Joyce Apsel
New York University
Master Teacher, General Studies Program

Yair Auron
Open University of Israel and Hakibbutzim
College of Education (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Peter Balakian
Colgate University
Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar
Chair in Humanities

Dr. Paul Bartrop
Deakin University (Victoria, Australia)
School of Social and International
Studies Research Fellow

Morgan Blum
Holocaust Center of Northern California
Education Director

Dr. Israel Charny
Institute on the Holocaust and
Genocide (Jerusalem, Israel)
Executive Director

Dr. Richard Hovannisian
University of California, Los Angeles
Professor, Armenian and Near Eastern History

Paul Krekorian
City of Los Angeles
Council member

Greg Krikorian
Glendale Unified School District
Member, Board of Education

Dr. Levon Marashlian
Glendale Community College
Professor of History

Dr. Simon Payaslian
Boston University
Chair, Modern Armenian History and Literature

Harut Sassounian
California Courier

Adam Strom
Re-Imagining Migration

Dr. Henry Theriault
Worcester State College
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Nicole Vartanian
Columbia University
Executive Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Jack Weinstein
Facing History and Ourselves
Director (Ret), San Francisco Bay Area