Board Members



Gerard V. Kassabian is a founding board member of the Artsakh Development Group, Inc., a non-profit organization.  Gerard formed the ADG’s corporate entity and prepared the Federal and State tax-exempt applications with the help of other founding board members.

In his professional life, Gerard is an attorney assisting clients with their estate planning, real estate and business objectives.  Gerard’s experiences in commercial real property management, construction, surgical center and medical clinic operations allow him to provide effective solutions for work as well as for the non-profit organizations.  Gerard’s legal practice areas include trusts and estates, probate, real estate, business law and related litigation matters. After years of service in a well-known law firm in Los Angeles, Gerard established his own law firm in Beverly Hills, California in 2010.

Prior to receiving his master of laws degree in estate planning from the University of Miami, Gerard attended Southwestern Law School where was an associate editor of the Law Review and authored two case summaries as well as an article as a summer associate at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard, and Smith, LLP.  He was a judicial extern in Federal District court for the Hon. Dickran Tevrizian and Bankruptcy Court for the Hon. Kathleen T. Lax.

Prior to law school, Gerard attended the University of Southern California double majoring in Business Finance with Real Estate emphasis and Political Science.



Taleen Tertzakian is a lawyer serving as a Deputy City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Since joining that office in 2007, she has worked in both its civil and criminal branches. She currently prosecutes criminal misdemeanors, primarily involving vehicles (DUIs, Hit-and-Runs, licensing crimes). Taleen earned a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in Russian Studies, while minoring in Political Science, a Masters degree from Stanford University in Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies, and a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University. While an undergraduate, Taleen interned for Eurasia Group, a political consulting firm in New York City. After graduating from college, she traveled to England where she worked for Cambridge University’s Eurasia Programme, organizing its annual conference on oil. After Cambridge, she interned for Armenia’s Ministry of Justice in Yerevan, and worked on the privatization of electricity distribution companies in Armenia.



Pattyl Aposhian Kasparian serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Development for the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union. She oversees three departments Marketing, Training and Business Development in conjunction with relationship management with the extended California Institute of Technology community, which includes the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Huntington Botanical Gardens.

In addition to her position at Caltech, Aposhian serves as an active member of the Friends of the Consulate, appointed member of the Armenian Mexican Task Force and Board Member of the Armenian National Committee Western Region and Artsakh Development Group. Her passion resides in nearly every field of business communications—creative writing, image and brand enhancement and specialized marketing.

She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism (BSJ), followed by an Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA), with an emphasis in Marketing and Corporate Communications, from Pepperdine University School of Business.



Tamar Sinanian is the Assistant Director at Samuel Freeman, a Contemporary Art gallery showcasing established and emerging national and international artists. The gallery regularly participates in art fairs throughout the nation including New York and Miami. Samuel Freeman’s artists have been featured in various publications including the Los Angeles Times and Art Forum. Tamar earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications Studies from California State University, Northridge, and a Masters degree in Contemporary Art from The Sotheby’s Institute in London.  During research for her thesis on Armenian Contemporary Abstract Post-Soviet era painting, she traveled to Armenia and interviewed several Armenian artists and viewed their extensive work. Since completing her Masters, Tamar has obtained certification in art appraisal studies. She has worked at several galleries, with private dealers and art appraisers.


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