John Mardirossian


John Mardirossian grew up working in the automotive industry, rising from a technician to a manager to a business owner in the South Bay area. He earned a BSBA in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in his class. He has a stubborn commitment to solving problems, an endless drive to move forward, and a devotion to understanding the people around him. Outside of the automotive industry, he has assisted in psychology research at Yale University, written fiction works, and explored the music scene in every destination he’s managed to travel to in his 26 rather short years.

Melissa Lake

Melissa Lake was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  She is a student at Seton Hall University, studying to be a Physician’s Assistant. Her passions include reading, spontaneous excursions into New York City, and cats.  

Missak Artinian

Missak Artinian is a professional Technical Writer originating from the Washington, D.C. metro area, where he majored in English Literature, with a concentration in Creative Writing.  Recently, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue more creative opportunities. In his free time, Missak enjoys writing, watching films, and traveling.

Taleen Mardirossian

Taleen Mardirossian will earn a Juris Doctor degree in May 2014, with a concentration in criminal law.  While in law school, she worked as a law clerk at the Orange County and Los Angeles District Attorney Offices, served as a legal advocate to children with disabilities, and, most recently, taught Street Law to junior and senior high school students.  Taleen has an addiction to coffee shops, books, and movies she’s already seen a dozen times over. She loves calmness and թաշխալա, consistency and spontaneity. Whether in the busy streets of Los Angeles or in a run down village in Armenia, she is home.

Nairi W.

Nairi W. is a graduate student in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Oxford.  Prior to her studies in the UK, she lived in Armenia for several years as a Birthright Armenia volunteer, a Fulbright Scholar, and, most recently, a third through eighth grade English teacher at The Tsakhkunk Open School.  Originally from New Jersey, she learned Eastern Armenian by haggling at Vernisage, reading Vahan Derian, and watching a mafia soap opera called Life’s Price.  Today, her Eastern Armenian is good enough to purchase a Soviet stamp collection, recite «Հրաժեշտ,» and answer the phone like a gangster.  She runs, but is not a runner, and writes poems, but is not a poet. Nairi is a pretty awful cook, but a “homemaker” nonetheless, as she travels often and writes mostly about Armenia in America and America in Armenia.