Meet the Board

Armenian American Mental Health Association (AAMHA) Board of Directors and Advisors FY 2021-2022




Sona Hovsepian, LCSW, is a Senior Clinical Project Director with the Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. Currently, her research efforts focus on promoting the health and social welfare of Veterans and the nation before, during, and after national emergencies and disasters through research and evaluation. She serves on the safety committee at the GLA Community Engagement and Reintegration Services (CERS) department. Ms. Hovsepian has worked with the VA HSR&D CSHIIP and the VA Desert Pacific MIRECC Health Services Unit for 8 years conducting research with Veterans with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and a history of homelessness. During this period, Ms. Hovsepian has developed research and clinical skills with vulnerable populations such as homeless individuals and those with SMI. In addition, she has implemented weight management interventions, conducted provider and patient focus groups, as well as coordinated and recruited for multiple health services research studies. Her clinical work and research aim to improve care for vulnerable populations with psychiatric disorders and addiction. Ms. Hovsepian’s role as a family therapist at the Glendale Adventist Alcohol and Drug Services includes working with individuals and families faced with the challenges of addiction in residential, day, and intensive outpatient program. She has held leadership roles in several non-profit community organizations. Ms. Hovsepian received her undergraduate degree at UCLA and her MSW, with dean’s honorable mention and departmental honors, with a concentration in Families and Children from the USC School of Social.


Arpine Gulgulyan received her Master’s level Clinical Psychology degree from the Yerevan State University and is currently a doctorate student at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. Arpine is an intern at the APA-accredited internship program at the Institute of Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services (IMCES). She is a strong advocate of mental health service delivery for underserved and disadvantaged populations while continuously working on strengthening the ties between local mental health professionals and her colleagues in Armenia. Arpine’s clinical interests revolve around individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan and children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has been a member of the AAMHA since 2017 and this year decided to become more actively involved in the materialization of the association’s mission.


Mrs. Kevork is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. Alice has been providing therapy to families, children, adolescents, couples and individuals for the last 7 years. She obtained her MA in MFT and BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. She chose this field because of her love for children and their families. In her spare time, Ms. Kevork visits her elderly friends who need company. She sees them as rare jewels, values their wisdom and enjoys her time with them. She works from a systemic perspective and specializes in working with the family unit. She also specializes in offering premarital counseling and working with couples who are facing difficulties with intimacy, vulnerability and other relational issues. She is a Certified Prepare & Enrich facilitator as well as a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Class facilitator and a Certified Anger Management Facilitator.