Tsoleen Sarian Joins Project SAVE Archives


SarianSaveBy Tom Vartabedian

WATERTOWN — Tsoleen Sarian brings her enthusiasm and vision to Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives in her new role as associate director.

“We’re enthusiastic about Tsoleen Sarian joining Project SAVE Archives,” said Ruth Thomasian, founder and CEO of the photo archives organization. “Tsoleen brings a wealth of knowledge and community experience that can only make us stronger.”

In her capacity as associate director, Sarian is working closely with Thomasian on administration, public relations and development as well as archival processes and procedures. She plays a key role in Project SAVE’s 40th anniversary celebration to be held November 21, at the Scottish Rite Museum and Library (formerly known as the National Heritage Museum in Lexington) serving with a committee formed to make this a marquee celebration event.

“Our 40th anniversary is a moment we can all embrace,” added Thomasian. “And Tsoleen is a vital part of this milestone.”

Sarian joined Peter Koutoujian’s campaign staff during his initial run for state representative in 2002, and through his years as Middlesex County sheriff worked behind the scenes promoting Koutoujian’s place inside the Armenian community.

Her previous work in the non-profit sector has included the Armenia Tree Project and the Global Partnership for Afghanistan, as well as a period with the Conflict Management Group.

She serves in a leadership role at the Armenian Memorial Church, and on the Board of Directors of the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region, (ANCA ER).

From 2002 to 2013, Sarian participated on the Massachusetts State House Armenian Genocide Commemoration Steering Committee, serving as its chair during her last three years.

A graduate of Merrimack College with a major in French and history, Sarian has participated in the Armenian Assembly of America’s summer internship program.

“I’m very excited about my new role with Project SAVE Archives,” she says. “It’s been a vital component of our community for the past four decades. Project SAVE is a unique way for all Armenians to contribute to the fabric of our heritage from anywhere in the world, and to preserve and share our family photographs and stories.  With my enthusiasm for photography and history, blended with a desire to keep the light of our Armenian heritage, makes this the ideal opportunity for me. I feel fortunate to work where my values and experiences complement each other. I’m invigorated as I look forward to working with Project SAVE during its 40 Years and Beyond. Be sure to save the date for our celebration on Saturday, November 21st.”