Julie's work with orphans began shortly after the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. She served as National Coordinator of Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) from 1992-2003, when numerous construction and renovation projects were accomplished under her guidance. During her tenure with CASP, the needs of more than 9000 orphans were addressed. Mrs. Ashekian founded Mer Doon along with Armenia based co-founder Tigranoohi Karapetian and served as a U.S. Board liaison for the program. In addition to considering the thousands of orphans in Armenia as her own family, Mrs. Ashekian passed away in May 2014 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Clement, and a son and daughter, and three grandchildren.