Board of Management

Hratch Boghossian

Harry Boghossian joined the Galstaun College Board in 2016. Harry has three children attending Galstaun College in primary. He has been active member of the community for over 30 years through Homenetmen soccer, basketball, scouts, Armenian dance  and committee work.He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Applied Finance (Actuarial). He has been working in the finance industry for over 15 years and is currently working at a global investment bank in Sydney.

Harmick Hacobian, OA

Harmick Hacobian joined the Galstaun College Board in 2011 and has been the Vice Chairman since. In 2010, he was appointed to head the College’s Community Relations Committee and he was also involved in the establishment of College as the Hamazkaine Shant Chapter’s Representative to the Board. He was the partner and director, heading the marketing, of one of Australia’s largest privately owned lighting wholesalers, Indirect Lighting Pty Ltd. Harmick’s role in the Australian-Armenian community spans over 40 years. His most significant achievements were the establishment of the Armenian Chamber of Commerce in Australia (ACCA) in 1997 and, in 2000, he formed the Hamazkaine Armenian Sydney Dance Company (ASDC), that has been the longest continuously running dance group in the Sydney community. He chaired the ACCA for 10 years and continues to chair the ASDC Board to this day.

In 2013, he was awarded the Medal for the Order of Australia for his hard work and dedication to the community.

Ara Vartoukian

Ara Vartoukian joined the Galstaun College Board as secretary in 2002. Both his children graduated from Galstaun College and are now furthering their education at university. Ara’s mother was on the original Board of Management when the College commenced. Ara has been running his company, Theme and Variations Piano Services, a small yet reputable and well-respected company, for over 30 years. Prior to starting his company, he had been the youngest full-time teacher at the Conservatorium of Music. His Australian-Armenian community work involved conducting the Hamazkaine Komidas choir for over 25 years, giving regular concerts.

Melanie Khashadorian

Melanie Khashadorian joined the Galstaun College Board in 2013. She completed her primary and secondary education at Galstaun College and had returned to work as the Galstaun College Counsellor for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology), a Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology), Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology, Masters of Science (Coaching Psychology), and a Masters of Science in Medicine. She currently has her own psychology practice working with individuals, couples and families and is an educator at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

Roupen Sevagian

Roupen Sevagian joined the Galstaun College Board in 2013. He completed his primary education at Galstaun College. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.  He has worked at one of the Big 4 accounting firms for a number of years, both in Australia and the United States of America.  He is currently working in finance for an ASX50 company in the oil and gas industry. Roupen has been involved in Australian-Armenian community from a very young age, participating in cultural, community and sporting activities

Vache Kahramanian

Vache Kahramanian joined the Board of Management of Galstaun College in 2016. He has held the position of Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of Australia from 2012-2015 and has served on its national board for 10 years. Prior to that, he has held high level corporate position in the finance industry. Vache holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales. He also is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant.

Shahe Simonian

Shahe Simonian joined the Board in 2016. He was fortunate to commence his professional education in an interdisciplinary design course at UTS, later graduating in architecture with First Class Honours.  He is an active member of the Australian Institute of Architects and presently sits on the Heritage Committee. Like his children, Shahe is an active member of the Australian-Armenian Community through his involvement in Homenetmen scouting and soccer. His three children are students of the College.

Raffi Pailagian

Raffi Pailagian joined the Board in 2017. Raffi has three children attending Galstaun College in primary, and has been active member of the community for over 30 years through Homenetmen basketball, scouts, and committee work. Raffi has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor of Science (Genetics & Biochemistry), and a Diploma of Financial Planning. Raffi works in the Financial Planning and Investment Management industry as a partner of a firm that he established in 2000 in the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

College Documents

Galstaun College 2016 Annual report

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