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Ventura Official Tapped as School District CFO

By Lookout Staff

September 25 -- The School District has tapped a veteran financial officer from Ventura County as Assistant Superintendent in charge of Business and Fiscal Services, district officials announced last week.

Pending the approval of the School Board Janece L. Maez will assume the post vacated by the departure in December of former CFO Winston Braham, who resigned in December after a public dispute with top district officials over a tentative teachers’ contract.

The post had been temporarily filled by interim CFO Dr. Steve Hodgson, the Glendale School District’s former chief financial officer, a highly sought management expert hired in February.

“Ms. Maez’s leadership skills and ability to solve problems creatively and analytically will be a valuable asset to SMMUSD,” said Superintendent Dianne Talarico.

“Her focus on cooperative decision-making and honest, open, and reliable communication will be a complement to the district’s focus on teamwork and accountability,” Talarico said.

For 17 years, Maez was the Pleasant Valley School District’s Assistant Superintendent in charge of Fiscal and Administrative Services. Before that, she worked in the Ventura Unified School District’s fiscal department.

Maez comes highly recommended from several school districts within California, district officials said.

The search for a new CFO was conducted by School Services of California, Inc., a leading provider of management, governance, and fiscal consulting services to school districts, county offices, and community colleges, officials said.

Maez is a member of the California Association of School Business Officials, and has served on Soroptimist International, the American Association of University Women, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Camarillo Arts Council, according to district officials.

She attended the University of Washington and the California Lutheran University, officials said.

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“Ms. Maez’s leadership skills and ability to solve problems creatively and analytically will be a valuable asset to SMMUSD.” Dianne Talarico




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