YEREVAN—Armenia Tree Project (ATP) recently announced that Lucineh Kassarjian has been appointed director of ATP operations in Armenia.
Kassarjian has a degree in linguistics and pedagogy from Yerevan State Linguistics University and studied in the New Media department of the San Francisco Academy of Art. She has served in many educational and developmental non-profit organizations, including the Bay Area Friends of Armenia, the KZV Armenian School in San Francisco, the Armenian Virtual College Board, the National Ballet of Armenia Foundation, the Paros Foundation, and the Yerevan chapter of the Awesome Foundation.
Kassarjian is the founder of MolorakArts, a company specializing in digital and traditional media products for children of all ages. In 2009, she co-founded ReAnimania, an acclaimed international animation film festival in Yerevan. She marked her debut as an author with Someone Else’s Cloud, a children’s book about a fun, engaging way to address childhood anxiety.
“On behalf of ATP staff and the executive committee, we are excited to have a professional like Lucineh join our leadership team,” said Managing Director Tom Garabedian. “We are assembling a dynamic group that can work with the strong program foundation we’ve established over the last 20 years. We are confident that Lucineh will move ATP forward with new ideas and approaches that will engage an entirely new constituency in Armenia and in the diaspora.”
Kassarjian is married has two children, Haig and Satineh. She and her family moved to Yerevan from San Francisco in 2008. “I am thrilled to join the ATP team to make a global impact locally in Armenia,” she said.
Since its inception in 1994, ATP has planted nearly 4.5 million trees, established 3 nurseries and 2 environmental education centers, and has greened villages, churches, parks, and open spaces throughout Armenia. In the process, the organization has provided employment for hundreds of people and provided vital resources to thousands of villagers throughout the country.