SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Michael Matthews

 310-450-8338, ext. 220

For Immediate Release

October 8, 2004


DISTRICT FILLS TWO KEY POSITIONS


At its meeting of October 7, 2004, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Winston A. Braham as Assistant Superintendent, Fiscal and Business Services, Chief Financial Officer and Dr. Gabriel Soumakian, Director, Human Resources. The District is fortunate to have two outstanding individuals filling these key positions in the district.


Winston Braham comes to us from the Los Angeles Unified School District where he held the position of Business Manager. He currently holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is a Doctoral Candidate at Pepperdine University. Mr. Braham has a broad professional background in School Business Management and is highly qualified for the Chief Financial Officer position. Included in his responsibilities at LAUSD were budget formulation and joint administration of approximately eighty school sites with 80,000 students, 7,000 employees and a combined annual operating budget of approximately $487 million. He analyzed and evaluated the effectiveness of plans, policies and programs, is knowledgeable in the impact of certificated, classified and collective bargaining unit agreement rules and practices, developed local policies and procedures and supervised all core local business services key staff. Mr. Braham was instrumental in negotiating the agreement which led to the grant award for $5 million by the Annenberg Foundation. In the private sector Mr. Braham was a consultant in the health care industry and was responsible for contracts, risk management, budget analysis and strategic planning. He was a university Associate Professor teaching Marketing, Management and Leadership, Business Operations Strategy, Business Plan and Project Development among other subjects. An excellent communicator with a solution-oriented disposition, Winston Braham will be a tremendous asset to the District.


Dr. Gabe Soumakian comes to the Director of Human Resources position from the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District where he was an assistant principal and principal. He has a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Education Leadership. Dr. Soumakian has extensive professional experience and training at the District, Regional and State levels participating in associations such as California Department of Education, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) where he is a leader in technological change, California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) and California School Leadership Academy. As a strong leader and facilitator with excellent problem solving, communication and team building skills he will bring tremendous assets to the District’s Human Resources Department.


One of the Superintendent’s goals is to create an outstanding leadership team to carry out the District’s mission. Mr. Braham and Dr. Soumakian are exceptional additions to the team.

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