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Sona Hedeshian - President
Sona Hedeshian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and moved to USA in 1986.  Sona has a B.A. in Sociology / Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Denver. Sona worked as a social worker and community organizer for the Armenian Relief Society in Beirut and as a child protective caseworker for Social Services in Denver. She is also a Graduate of Real Estate Institute and a realtor since 2005. When Sona and her family moved to Colorado in 1991, she became an active member of the Armenians of Colorado, Inc. and over a period of 25 years served on the AOC board for several terms.  In her spare time, Sona loves to enjoy the Colorado outdoors.
Byuzand Yeremyan - Vice President
Byuzand Yeremyan was born in 1983 in Yerevan Armenia. He graduated from Samvel Gevorgyan high school and attended The Armenian Institute of Civil Engineering before moving to United State . Byuzand is happily married to his high school sweetheart Anahit. They have two kids together, daughter Ani who shares a love of history just like her father and son Alex who loves cars. Currently Byuzand is employed by US bank as a Vice President of the Bank. Byuzand's passion always have been ArmenIan history, ArmenIan culture and of course food.
Narek Poghosyan - Treasurer
Narek Poghosyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1982. He graduated and received his GED from P.I. Tchaykovski music school in 1999. Narek graduated Yerevan State Conservatory at Komitas in 2004 majoring in bassoon teaching and performance. Narek's passion for music led him to start his career as an artist, playing bassoon in Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet from 2005 to 2010. Narek had the honor of serving in Armenian military from 2004 to 2006. Narek is happily   married to ---- and has 2 lovely daughters, names go here . Narek and his family moved to Colorado in 2010, and have been actively involved in the Armenian community ever since. Narek is currently a banking officer at US Bank.
Shoghig Vayedjian - Director
Shoghig Vayedjian was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to the States in 1998. She has graduated from MEU with an associates degree in Computer Science. She has been an assistant manager for the Apple dealership and an accountant consultant for a chain athletic store in Beirut. Currently she is a housewife, married to her high school sweetheart, Koko Vayedjian and has two wonderful teenage boys, Anton and Leon. Her hobbies are reading, movies, music and cooking. She has always enjoyed volunteering at her kids' school and at Armenian functions. Through her involvement with AOC, she hopes to instill Armenian cultural values in her kids.
Vicken Kokozian - Director
Vicken Kokozian was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1967 and emigrated to the USA with his family. He lived in Torrance, CA until he moved his wife and daughter to Denver in December 2014 as his job brought them all here. Vicken has a BS in Business Operations and has been working in ever increasing roles in Information Technology for over 20 years.  In his spare time, Vicken volunteers for a Search and Rescue organization, Emergency Communications (ARES) and a couple of other organizations. Moving to Denver was a challenge, but very fruitful for Vicken and his family. He has made new friends in the Armenian community in Denver and looks forward to the regrowth and strengthening of ties with all Colorado Armenians.
Laura Garabedian - Secertary 
Laura comes to AOC from the suburbs of Washington, DC. After graduating from college at George Washington University, she worked as a Lab Manager for the University in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department. In 2014, she relocated to Boulder, where she sought out an organization that would help her connect to other Armenians across Colorado. After moving to Denver in late 2015, Laura found a meaningful community in AOC, and has since been elected secretary of our organization. In her free time she enjoys many of the things Colorado has to offer. She loves to spend her weekends hiking in the mountains, camping, kayaking, running in our city’s beautiful parks and honing her metalsmithing skills. If she’s not roaming around Denver on her bike in search of the next great neighborhood event, you’ll probably find her in the park with a book. 
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You can also purchase your membership by downloading and completing the membership form. Please mail the form to address: P.O. BOX 13854 Denver CO 80201. Please include check if you do not wish to pay by Card.
Please email the membership form to ArmeniansofColorado1@gmail.com or mail it to P.O. Box 13854, Denver CO 80201
GENOCIDE AWARENESS
Since its founding in 1980, Armenias of Colorado (AOC) has devoted much of its efforts to raising awareness about the Armenian Genocide – the 1915-1923 crime that killed more than half of all Armenians and resulted in the loss of the greater part of the Armenian homeland. AOC genocide awareness efforts have resulted in creating a memorial gaden on state capitol grounds, where an annual commemoration takes place every April, and organizing dozens of educational events throughout Colorado.
Here are THREE WAYS TO LEARN about the Armenian Genocide:
RESEARCH
For an introduction, visit History. Detailed information is available on the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute website.
REMEMBER
Pay a visit to the Colorado State Capitol Armenian Genocide Memorial Garden in downtown Denver (see it on Google Maps) or plan a trip to modern Armenia – the small but beautiful part of the Armenian homeland that survived the genocide due to Russian occupation.
RELATE
Did you know that Colorado played a key humanitarian role in the Armenian Genocide? To learn more, watch Colorado We Thank You or visit the Denver Public Library and ask yourself if you would have been an updstander or a bystander during the Genocide.
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Armenians of Colorado (AOC) was established in June 1980 as a 501(c)3 non-profit cultural organization. Its purpose is to create a cohesive Armenian community and to further the understanding of Armenian history, culture, language, customs, and heritage. AOC actively supports issues and concerns of the Armenian-American community in Colorado as well as those identified within the Armenian Diaspora throughout the world. For more information, visit www.ArmeniansOfColorado.org.

The video below, produced in 2015, tells the history of Armenians in Colorado.