The Centre for Armenian Information and Advice employs a small dedicated team led by Misak Ohanian who work together to support the community along with dedicated volunteers.
Misak Ohanian – CEO
Misak founded CAIA in 1986 and was appointed Chief Executive in 1988. Misak has served the Armenian community for over 30 years and leads the implementation of the overall strategy agreed by the board of trustees. In 2015 Misak received an Honorary Award for outstanding service in recognition of the UK’s Armenian community from His Excellency Armen Liloyan.
Scarlet Sarksan – Health and Support Worker
Scarlet provides Health & Care Support to the community, as well as taking responsibility for the Elders Lunch Club. Scarlet is a qualified counseling psychologist, who is currently studying for her Doctoral programme in psychotherapy. Scarlet is originally from Iran and loves travelling, music and fashion of the 60s and 70s.
Arthur Manuk Cahill – Advice Worker
Arthur joined CAIA as an Advice Worker in November 2013, having previously held a Legal Advisor role within the Insurance Industry. He is a qualified Solicitor and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Since joining CAIA, Manuk has obtained the OISC Qualification Level 1 and is currently undergoing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education as well as a Masters Degree in Law.
Armine Sargsyan – Preschool
Armine runs our Preschool for children up to 4 years of age. She graduated from the Armenian State University of Economics in Yerevan and has worked with children for over 15 years.
Marina joined CAIA on 1st June to assist in addressing the digital exclusion experienced by many in the Armenian community. Marina has a solid professional background, a PhD in Education, an MA in Translation Studies, a BA in TEFL and a CELTA. She has also more than 20 years’ experience of teaching EFL at a range of levels, examination preparation courses, working with learners from language schools and universities in Russia, in France and in the UK. Marina eagerly embraces innovative methods of teaching, especially in teaching IT skills. She has an inclusive approach to teaching socially isolated and digitally excluded learners. Marina loves music, arts and travelling, welcoming all her learners to the world of adventure.
We are extremely grateful to all of the volunteers who throughout the years have supplied us with many hours of support. As a small organisation this has enabled us to continue to provide much needed valuable services to the community. If you are interested in supporting us please visit our volunteering page.