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Steering Committee PDF Print E-mail

As the AGBU Young Professional Community continues to grow in Chicago, we look forward to continuing to serve the community and creating an exciting environment for future professionals. 

If you would like to join the committee in the future, please review the position description and application process.

Your current steering committee members include:

Susan Cholakian
Susan Cholakian


Susan Cholakian graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 with a degree in American Culture. While at U of M, she served as Social Chair of the Armenian Students' Association and choreographed the Armenian dance program for the university's Encompass Multicultural Dance Show. Susan also served on the committee for the ASCA' s annual charity ball, The Hye Hop, which raised money for children in Armenia. She continued her work for the children in Armenia when she traveled to Armenia for the Armenian Service Project and worked at Camp Siranoosh. Susan is Meeting Planner for Discovery Chicago, a medical education company, part of Publicis Groupe.

Lori Karakashian


Lori was born in Farmington Hills, MI, and enjoyed growing up in the Metro Detroit area surrounded by the Armenian community. She attended Sunday School from preschool through 12th grade, and returned to teach 3rd grade after graduating from Albion College. Lori has great memories from attending Hye Camp, Sports Weekends, and Senior Olympics for many years. She was also a counselor at Camp Haiastan during the summer of 2005. Lori recently moved to Chicago, and is glad to be close to friends and many Armenian young professionals in the city! She is a School Psychologist in an intermediate and a middle school in a western suburb.

Linda Sultanian
Linda Sultanian


Linda Sultanian was born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to the Chicagoland area with her family when she was 2 months old. Linda spent many summers as a teenager going to Hye Camp and ACYOA Sportsweekends where she met some of her best friends. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2003 with a degree in Community Health and is currently working as an Administrative Assistant at a Continuing Care Retirement Community in the North Chicago suburbs. Linda enjoys meeting new people and hopes to make a difference in the Armenian community in Chicago.

Maryann Mugerian


Maryann was born in Traverse City, Michigan and enjoyed growing up in the Metro Detriot area surrounded by the Armenian community. She attended Hye camp for several years and later became a counselor there. She attended AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School in elementary school as well. She attened Sunday school at the Armeian Congregational Church. Maryann graduated from Central Michigan University in 2012 with a degree in Special Education. She is currently working as a Nanny. She is looking forward to helping grow AGBU YP Chicago!


Georganna Yessaian

Social Chair

Georganna was born in Southfield, Michigan and attended AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School and St. John's Sunday School. Her community involvement has taken her to as far places as a volunteer at Camp Siranoush, an orphanage in Armenia. She was the founder of The Armenian Students Association at Michigan State University where she also served as its President. Georganna has interned with the Armenian Assembly's Summer Internship program in 2001 in Washington D.C. and worked under the foreign relations department on Armenian related issues. She currently resides in Chicago and helps run an Apartment Leasing and Real Estate Company, Chicago Apartment Seekers. Georganna has always loved being a part of the Armenian community, and looks forward to helping grow YP Chicago!

Mission Statement PDF Print E-mail

To promote the breadth and scope of the Armenian culture through the shared experiences of young Armenian professionals. To take leadership roles in our respective communities and be ready to make a positive impact on the Armenian community in Chicago and abroad through social and economic influence.
AGBU Young Professionals of Chicago Raise $5,000 in Scholarships for Hye Camp PDF Print E-mail
Press Release - Press Release

Chicago, IL - (August 9, 2012) – On Saturday, July 28, 2012, members of the AGBU Young Professionals (YP) of Chicago’s steering committee presented a check for $5,000 to the Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, Director of Hye Camp, to assist youth in the Midwest to attend Hye Camp.

Hye Camp is a unique, week long, Christian-based youth camp for Armenian children 8 to 15 years of age who want to learn more about their heritage and the teachings of the Armenian Church. The program includes a variety of educational and fun activities. Every year dozens of families apply for scholarships, and there are always a few parishes that struggle to raise enough money for the kids.

Throughout the year, the YP held a series of events with proceeds benefiting the fund.  The culminating event was the annual YP participation in a local 5K where a dozen members of the Armenian community took part, including a young camper, Peter Boyajian, who not only helped to raise funds for his fellow campers, but also was awarded a medal in the 5K for his blistering time.  In addition, donations were received from the community at large and from places as far as Texas and California.

“We are thrilled that Hye Camp continues to thrive and brings together Armenian youth from all over the Midwest, and to contribute to the development of the future leaders of our community,” said Harry Madanyan, AGBU YP of Chicago’s Senior Advisor. Presenting the check were current YP steering committee members who are also Alumni of Hye Camp.

About YP Chicago

YP Chicago is part of a growing network of YP groups and supporters around the world who are committed to preserving and promoting the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural, and humanitarian programs for young Armenians between the ages of 22 to 40. For additional information or to join YP Chicago’s e-mail list, visit their website http://yp.agbuchicago.org/.

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Welcome to the AGBU Young Professionals of Chicago PDF Print E-mail

We are a group of young professionals living and working in the greater Chicagoland area who share a common interest of promoting the Armenian identity and heritage specifically for Armenians between the ages of 22 to 40.

Our Goals are to:

  • Improve community life through worthwhile educational, cultural, and humanitarian programs;
  • Make a difference in Armenia and Karabakh by fundraising for key AGBU programs; and
  • Network and partner with YPs and like organizations to perpetuate the Armenian identity.

We also participate in worldwide events as well as hosting our own local events here in the greater Chicagoland area.

Please take a moment to join our mailing list by filling out the form to the left to receive periodic email updates of future events.

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