GLENDALE–Armeian Relief Society Western US Regional Executive vice-chairperson Seta Khojayan was among three women honored Thursday during the annual “Jewels of Glendale” luncheon organized by Glendale Commission on the Status of Women at the Oakmont Country Club.
Khojayan was honored for her more than 30 years of service and was praised for her role in enhancing life in the city.
“Thank you for trusting, respecting and, most of all, believing in me,” said Khojayan while accepting the award. “This honor humbles me and obliges me to serve Glendale — which is a city I love — more and more.”
Receiving awards along with Khojayan were city executive secretary Linda Patrick, a breast cancer survivor who helped organize Glendale’s first Relay for Life; and former Rabbi Carole Meyers, who died last year of bone cancer.
Khojayan is vice chair of the Armenian Relied Society of Western U.S.A, Inc., and on the Regional Executive Committee Board of 2006 through 2008. She has served on several occasions on her chapter executive board as well as the Regional Executive.
Khojayan is an exemplary ARS member, who uses her professional experience as a Programmer/Data Security Analyst for a major car manufacturer, and education in Economics and Public Administration (B.A.) to help plan and effectively implement fundraising efforts, including grant writing, to help the ARS secure funding for various philanthropic projects, including providing social services and psychological counseling to the needy.
Seda’s life has allowed her to appreciate aiding those in need in our community. . She immigrated to the United States from Iraq in 1976.
As a new immigrant, Seda struggled to raise her two sons, adapt to a new language and culture. She upgraded her employment skills by attending CETA training program (office skills) which was organized by the YMCA, Leading to her first job at Security Pacific Bank as a payroll clerk. She took advantage of learning opportunities and learned new programming languages by taking Computer Science classes. For three years she was the sole provider of her family. Her drive for continuous improvement and learning led her from an entry-level position to the current Data Security Analyst Position.
Seda’s unwavering will and continuous positive attitude made her accomplish the American dream.
Seda is always trying to do her best and looking to improve the organization and community that she wholeheartedly supports. She is constantly analyzing situations to see if she can partner and establish bridges to bring forth organizations and individuals to benefit our diverse community. For Seda, that is a labor of love. So, it is not a surprise when different community members flock to meetings to see her in her leadership role at chapter and regional events, such as youth center fundraisers, scouting activities, YWCA, City Of Glendale various activities and programs. With her efforts former and new sponsors provide the needed funds to help the organizations reach the people in need. As a first for the ARS, she recruited not only community members as sponsors, but also major and national firms as well as banks.
As a mother and recently a grandmother, Seda is dedicated, passionate and the driving force in her family. She had passed her passion for volunteering to the members of her family and together along with her siblings and extended family, they make a direct difference in raising the well being of the city of Glendale. .
Khojayan is married to Shirak Khojayan a retired editor and cinema photographer. They have two sons: Shaun, federal criminal defense attorney, and Dikran, an industrial engineer with Nestle in Glendale.