Board Of Directors
Barry Garapedian is the senior partner of Garapedian & Haye Group at Smith Barney and Director – Wealth Management. His career with Smith Barney began in 1982. Since then, he has been awarded the Barron’s 100 Trip in 2006, 2007 and 2008, a “best of the best” venue which brings together the top 1% of all wealth managers, among all financial firms. For the past 17 consecutive years Barry has received Smith Barney’s highest national honor, a membership to the Director’s Council, created for the top 5% of wealth managers at Smith Barney to appropriately recognize some of the country’s most elite wealth managers.
He has served as a career coach at Pepperdine University, mentoring more than 100 students in recent years. His other philanthropic involvements include serving as a board member of the Olive View UCLA Medical Center, Armenian Film Foundation and as President of the Pepperdine Crest Associates Executive Board.
Barry graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in public policy. Shortly thereafter he met his wife of 24 years, Sharon. They have two children, Melissa and Scotland.
Antoinette Hagopian is an advocate for Senior Concerns, a multi-service agency for seniors and their families in Thousand Oaks. She has a long career of public service in the Ventura County community. She has served on the California Library Services Board from 1989 to 1997 and the Library Restoration Committee. She is a past president and current member of the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation, which is working towards building a home for thousands of scripts, recordings and other memorabilia from the Golden Age of Radio–now stored in a cement basement in Hollywood, creating one of the most expansive collections in the world. The library’s current collection, amassed over 18 years, includes more than 23,000 radio and TV scripts and 5,000 hours of recordings. Featured personalities include Norman Corwin, Carlton E. Morse and Rudy Vallee, whose archives were acquired in 1987 when the foundation outbid the Smithsonian Institute. Antoinette is also Vice President of Atlantis Productions, which produced the first educational and public television films on the Armenian genocide in the United States, including “The Forgotten Genocide,” “Where are my People?” and “Ararat Beckons.”
Rocky Lang has been involved in the motion picture and television business for most of his life. Growing up as the son of veteran producer and Universal Studios executive, Jennings Lang (Earthquake, Play Misty For Me, among others), Rocky knew early on that he wanted to write/produce and direct. Lang has produced and directed five documentary films including the award-winning The Making of Tootsie. He directed episodes of the long-running hit show Remington Steele, then went on to direct three features, Nervous Ticks (Columbia Tri-Star), Race For Glory (New Century Vista), and All’s Fair (Moviestore). He produced White Squall for Disney/Hollywood Pictures starring Jeff Bridges, directed by Ridley Scott. He produced the Emmy-Award winning Titanic, a 4-hour mini-series for CBS. He recently Executive Produced, Racing For Time, for Lifetime Television starring Charles Dutton. A screenwriter as well, Rocky has written The Low Post, Crossing Memphis (optioned by Quincy Jones and Columbia Pictures) and The Babe That Struck out Ruth. He is the co-author of Confessions of Emergency Room Doctors and Lara Takes Charge, an empowering book aimed at children with diabetes — which is in the hands of over 15,000 children, hospitals, and libraries. On May 29th, 2008, the American Diabetes Association honored Rocky as ‘Father of The Year’ at The Beverly Hills Hotel for his advocacy for children living with diabetes. His novel, The Big Nasty, was published in 2010.
Donald E. Miller
Donald E. Miller is a Firestone Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC as well as a professor of religion and sociology.
Professor Miller is the author, editor or co-author of nine bookers including: Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation (Rutgers University Press, 2008), Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement (University of California Press, 2007), Armenia: Portraits of Survival and Hope (University of California Press, 2003), GenX Religion (Routledge, 2000), Reinventing American Protestantism (University of California Press, 1997), Survivors: An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide (University of California Press, 1993), Homeless Families: The Struggle for Dignity (University of Illinois Press, 1993), Writing and Research in Religious Studies (Prentice Hall, 1992) and The Case for Liberal Christianity (Harper & Row, 1981). Currently he is writing a book with John Miller on the role of religion for new immigrants in Los Angeles. He is also very involved in several oral history projects in Rwanda with survivors of the genocide. In addition, he has studied religious NGOs in Armenia, Tanzania and Rwanda – which is the focus of his current research.
He is married to Lorna Miller, Director of the Office for Creative Connections at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. They have two children, Arpi, a doctoral student in sociology at UCLA, and Shont, an attorney practicing in Seattle.
Jerry Papazian is the Managing Director of Fountainhead Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational, financial, internal development and strategic growth advisory services.
He served as President of the USC Alumni Associate from 1995 to 1996 and as a member of the USC Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1999. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He also serves as a member of the board of various non-profit foundations, including the Armenian Film Foundation.
Jerry received his B.A. in Economics from USC, and his JD and MBA from UCLA, where he was a member of the law review.