Central Council


Melissa Fanizza

Ministries and Outreach

Sts. Joachim & Anne Armenian Church

Palos Heights, IL

Melissa Fanizza (Mardoian) has been a member of Sts. Joachim & Anne Armenian Church in Palos Heights, IL since she was born. Her mother and father are very involved in the church on a parish and diocesan level and they have been great models to her. She has been involved in Sunday School, serving on the altar, singing in the choir, establishing an ACYOA seniors chapter, and being the youth representative for the church. Melissa has represented her parish at Lenten Retreats, Leadership Conferences, Chapter Workshop, General Assembly & Sports Weekend, and as the chair of the 2017 Poon Paregentan Dinner Dance committee. She also had the pleasure to take part in the 2012 Armenian Service Program and the honor of being chosen to walk Jesus' steps on the 2014 Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Melissa attended Hye Camp as a camper, CIT, counselor, art teacher, and night security. She is also very involved with the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, participating in high school sessions for 4 years and post-high for 1 year and staffing high school sessions for 3 years and post high sessions for 2 years. Melissa finds great joy in helping others grow spiritually, as it also helps her continue to grow. She wants to share her passion for the church with those around her.


Melissa graduated with her Bachelors in Chemistry and Secondary Education from University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign and Masters in English Language Teaching and Learning from Loyola University. She is currently a high school regular chemistry, along with teaching the English Language Learners chemistry classes, as well as the girls track and field jumps coach.

Other Members


Sona Dagley



Alina Grigorian 
Vice Chair


Christine Beylerian