Board Members

Governing Board

Siobhan Nash-Marshall

SIOBHAN NASH-MARSHALL is Professor of Philosophy and the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College. She holds Ph.D.s from Fordham University and the Università Cattolica di Milano respectively, as well as a L.M. from the Università di Padova and a B.A. from NYU.  The author of many books, her most recent publications include “Negazionismi: il negazionismo continua il processo genocidario” (2017), “Style and Imagery In Plato” (2016), “Aristotle’s Logic” (2016). Her new book The Sins of the Fathers: Turkish Denialism and the Armenian Genocide will soon be released by Herder&Herder, New York.

Rita Mahdessian

RITA MAHDESSIAN has a background in legal practice and business. She has vast experience with educational projects. She was a member of the Governing Board of Ararat Charter School, a Board Member of Friends of UCLA Narekatsi Chair, a Board Member of the Center for Armenian Remembrance, and a Board member of the Armenian National Committee in Glendale, California. She holds an LLB (Hons) from University of Reading Berkshire, UK and an M.A. in Business Law from the City of London University. She attended the Council of Legal Education (Gray’s Inn).

Amal Marogy

photo AMAL MAROGY is Affiliated Researcher in Neo-Aramaic Studies at the University of Cambridge and Founder and Executive Director of Aradin Charitable Trust ( She is a bilingual Aramaic-Arabic speaker from Iraq.She taught Arabic at the University of Cambridge and was Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College. She has launched and organised the first Foundations of Arabic Linguistic Conference (FAL1) in 2010, followed by FAL2 in 2012. She has also launched a series of conferences to raise awareness about the rich and diverse language and heritage of minority communities in the Middle East under the title New Horizons in Intercultural Dialogue (NHID).Amal holds a PhD in Oriental Languages and Cultures from the University of Ghent. and her publications include Kitāb Sībawayhi. Syntax and Pragmatics (2010) and The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics: Sībawayhi and Early Arabic Grammatical Theory (2012).

Anita Martikyan

Graduated from USC’s Marshall School of Business with BS in Business Administration, Emphasis in Information Systems in 2001. She worked as a project manager at Nestle USA for 4 years after which she attended Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business where she received a Master’s Degree in Business Management. She worked as a Senior Consultant for Kaiser Permanente from 2006 until 2008, implemented First Trimester Screening project (prenatal screening for birth defects) for all Southern Califronia Kaiser locations.

Vivian Haber

Viviane Haber D.D.S. attended Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and obtained a Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1985. Since then she practices dentistry at Haber Dental Center in Glendora, California. Simultaneously she is Course Director and clinical faculty at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. She also lectures at Western University of Health Sciences on cosmetic dentistry including smile design, veneer preparation and temporization, color and shade selection, direct resin bonding and diastema closure.

Stephanie Havens

Stephanie Stephanie Havens is a recent graduate from Manhattanville College with a BA in Philosophy. From June to August 2017 she initiated the CINF project in Artsakh, teaching English at TUMO and the Russian-American School in Stepanakert. While in Artsakh, she worked closely with Artak Gregorian of the Tourism Department and Lucine Vanyan and Anna Hakobyan, department chairs of English and Philosophy at Artsakh University. Articles about her experiences in Artsakh were published in the Italian journal Tempi. She continues to work closely with Siobhan Nash-Marshall, Rita Mahdessian, and Artsakh contacts to improve the project for years to come.

Abbi Parenteau

AbbiParenteauPicture Abbi Parenteau recently graduated from Manhattanville College with a BA in Philosophy and a BA in English. She is a member of the international honors society of philosophy, Phi Sigma Tau. Most of Abbi’s research focuses on philosophically defining Boredom and the negative effects it has on her generation. She will spend this summer teaching english to young students in Arstakh and serving as an international liaison between the philosophy departments of Manhattanville College and Artsakh University. This fall, she will begin a MA of philosophy program at Fordham University.

Advisory Board

Antonia Arslan

ANTONIA ARSLAN was a Professor of Italian Modern and Contemporary Literature at the Università di Padova. In 2004 Antonia Arslan published her first novel, La Masseria delle Allodole (Skylark Farm). The novel was an instant success. In 10 months it sold over 15 editions and won over 20 awards, and was a finalist for such awards as the Los Angeles Book Prize and the International IMPAC Literary Book Award of Dublin, Ireland. The novel has since been translated into 20 languages, sold over 30 editions, and made into a movie by Italy’s most famous directors, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. With the publication of her first novel, Antonia Arslan became a columnist for the monthly journals Il Messaggero di Sant’Antonio, Famiglia Cristiana, and Luoghi dell’infinito, for all three of which she publishes monthly articles and short stories. She became a columnist for the Italian newspaper Avvenire, where she regularly publishes featured articles (as well as editorials), and regularly holds daily (or weekly columns). Since 2004 Antonia Arslan has published two more novels (La Strada di Smirne and Il libro di Mush), a memoir (Ishtar 2: cronache dal mio risveglio), and a collection of short stories (Il cortile dei girasoli parlanti). Il libro di Mush won Italy’s Premio Giuria Viareggio. In recognition of her cultural achievements, Antonia Arslan has received such awards as the Gold Medal of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia (2010), the Krikor Narekatsi Medal (2010) from UCLA, the Movses Khorenatsi Medal (2012) from the President of the Republic of Armenia. Antonia Arslan’s cultural importance has led the government of Italy to ask her to represent the nation at such events as the the Waltic (Stockholm, 2005) and the Moscow Book Fair (2011). Under the auspices of the Foreign Minister of Italy, Antonia Arslan has lectured at Italian Institutes of Culture throughout the world.

The Baroness Cox of Queensbury

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 for her contributions to education and has served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. Lady Cox now sits in the Lords as a crossbencher and is a frequent contributor to Lords debates on Sudan, India, Nigeria, Uganda, and Burma.Baroness Cox’s humanitarian aid work has taken her on many missions to conflict zones, allowing her to obtain first hand evidence of the human rights violations and humanitarian needs. Areas travelled include the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh; Sudan; Nigeria; Uganda; the Karen; Karenni; Shan and Chin peoples in the jungles of Burma; and communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia. She has also visited North Korea helping to promote Parliamentary initiatives and medical programmes. Additionally Caroline has been instrumental in helping to change the former Soviet Union policies for orphaned and abandoned children from institutional to foster family care.In recognition of her work in the international humanitarian and human rights arenas over the past twenty years, she had been awarded the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the prestigious Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland, at the 25th anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement. Lady Cox has also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Armenia.,_Baroness_Cox

Extending a hand to suffering Christians across the globe.