Rouzanna (left) with fellow Armenian journalist and Sidha, Gayene Torosyan, who produced radio spots on MUM for NPR
With her daughters and grandchild in Yerevan
With the Orme-Johnsons, for whom Rouzanna interpreted in Armenia 25 years ago
Rouzanna Vardanyan – Coming Home to MUM
Rouzanna Vardanyan is an MBA student from Armenia working towards her fifth master’s degree. Rouzanna grew up in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and attended an American primary school, learning English at an early age.
After high school, she obtained a master’s degree in computer science and one in technical translation in Armenian, Russian, and English. In her first job, she worked as a software developer in the cardiology department of a large hospital.
Her language skills proved essential when she started helping the international Transcendental Meditation® organization’s efforts to bring stress relief to victims of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. In 1990, Rouzanna quit her job at the hospital and started working full-time for the TM® organization in Armenia. A year later, she became a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique and was assigned to Siberia, where she instructed 2,500 people in the TM technique. Then, while raising two small children, she continued to work with the TM organization part time.
During the next 20 years, Rouzanna obtained a master’s degree in journalism and worked for Public Television of Armenia as a news anchor, editor, and journalist. She also earned a master of laws degree from the American University of Armenia and worked for the International Committee for the Red Cross as a communication officer.
Rouzanna dreamt about coming to MUM for 20 years. In 2011 and 2012 she had the chance to spend a few months on the Invincible America Assembly in Fairfield and in 2013 she became a student. “Coming to MUM was like coming home,” she said. “My dream has come true; I can attend regular programs at the Golden Dome and serve the community.” As her graduate assistant position, Rouzanna works as MUM’s library director.