Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the Berberian Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program and Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at Fresno State. He received his M.A. and C. Philosophy degrees from UCLA, where he majored in Armenian Language and Literature. For more than thirty-six years he has taught Armenian language, history, literature, culture, church and a variety of courses on Armenia and the Armenians at Fresno State. Dn. Der Mugrdechian, has served as the Chairman of the Western Diocese Diocesan Council, and has been an active leader of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, serving in leadership roles both on the Parish and Diocesan level. He served as a board member of Our Home – Mer Doon, Inc., and is a founder of Mer Hooys.
Varouj Altebarmakian, M.D., received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in 1974. He is a Board Certified Urologist. Dr. Altebarmakian was the Physician in Chief of The Permanente Medical Group in Fresno until his retirement. He is also an active servant of the Armenian Church, serving on the Supreme Spiritual Council of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, several terms as Chairman of the Diocesan Council of the Western Diocese, and as a leader on the Parish level. Dr. Altebarmakian was actively involved in the future program planning and fund raising efforts of the U.S. Board of Mer Doon and is a founder of Mer Hooys.
Alice Kalustian has been an active leader in the Armenian community and the Armenian Church
since her teenage years. She recently completed a two year term as the Chairwoman of the
National Council of the Daughters of Vartan. Ms. Kalustian worked for many years as a
bookkeeper, office manager of the family appliance business and administrative assistant for the
Social Service Department of Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. She has
three adult daughters, and two granddaughters, and enjoys spending her spare time with her
family and volunteering her talents to charitable organizations. Ms. Kalustian serves on the
advisory board of Mer Hooys and serves as Assistant Treasurer.