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Born in 1940, Roger Ohanesian was the second child of George and Flora Roopenian Ohanesian, both first-generation Armenians living in Boston, Massachusetts. His grandparents had fled Armenia following a massacre in their village at the turn of the century. Flora and George Ohanesian were part of a large extended family, many of whom worked in […]


John Hovanesian is an ophthalmologist in Laguna Hills and a member of the teaching faculty at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. Recognized internationally for his research in optimizing the quality of vision after laser vision correction, he specializes in corneal and refractive surgery. Prior to developing an interest in laser vision correction, Dr. Hovanesian […]


Thomas C. Lee, MD, directs the Retina Institute in The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) while also contributing greatly to the Armenian EyeCare Project. Educated at the prestigious Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Lee completed his medical degree in 1992 and graduated with honors in research as a Howard Hughes Scholar. He […]


David Keligian, chief financial officer, has dedicated many hours of invaluable legal and financial assistance to the EyeCare Project for 13 years. He was instrumental during the incorporation process and with other legal and financial requirements for a new nonprofit. A partner and tax attorney with Brown and Streza, Irvine, Keligian brings to the board […]


Appreciating the beauty and diversity of the world, Barry Kuppermann is an American by birth with Brazilian parents and a Thai wife. An M.D. and Ph.D., Kuppermann serves as an AECP physician and board member and says he joined AECP out of respect for its mission and the commitment of the organization’s founder, Dr. Roger […]


OPHTHALMOLOGIST CHANGES THE LIVES OF MANY WITH COUNTLESS TRIPS TO ARMENIA Dr. Rick Hill had no idea how much his life would change on that fateful Friday night when he received a page from Dr. Roger Ohanesian. Roger asked Rick if he would see Christine, a young girl who needed help and had already had […]


Meredith Khachigian was elected chairperson of the Board of Regents of the University of California for three terms, serving as leader of the Number One public research university in the nation and overseeing a $15 million budget. A consultant in community and public affairs, she has served as president of Human Options, a shelter for […]


Mike Aghajanian has over 35 years of consulting and industry experience. He retired as the president and CEO of PRTM Management Consultants in 2009 when it was acquired by PwC. PRTM had more than 800 consultants in 19 offices worldwide and was globally recognized as the leading consulting firm to technology-based companies. Since retiring, Mike […]


Archie Cholakian has been involved with the EyeCare Project as an active board member since 2010 and is proud of its many accomplishments and dedication to eliminating blindness in Armenia. Moving to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1946, the first-generation Armenian-American spent his working career designing and building industrial equipment for the metal processing industries. […]


Jack McHale became interested in the EyeCare Project when he was President and CEO of Orbis International, a global vision NGO based in New York. McHale subsequently joined the AECP’s Board of Directors and his experience with Orbis has been especially helpful to the Project. McHale continues to work with Orbis, primarily through its Flying […]


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