What is the Advisory Committee?


One of the primary functions of Santa Monica College is to provide state-of-the- art Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. These programs and associated curricula must be carefully planned to insure appropriate training design that meets the reasonable expectations of employers in the geographical service areas.

The main purpose of the advisory committees is to establish partnerships among the college’s CTE staff, and members of the local community representing business, industry, labor, and government. One of the many objectives for advisory committees is to provide input and recommendations to the faculty and administration.

This input drives the changes needed in the operation of CTE programs to improve, expand, and innovate. Input from advisory committees is essential to the success and continuance of effective CTE programs that produce graduates qualified for jobs. It is through the efforts of such committee members that the students of Santa Monica College will benefit.​

Pamela Anderson
Business Consultant
PD Anderson Consulting Inc.

Alissa Bell
Audit Campus Recruiter
Deloitte & Touche

Marygail Brauner, Ph.D.
Senior Operation Research Analyst
The RAND Corporation
Don’t burn your bridges.  When you leave a job, leave on good terms. If you really want to fire off that email: wait.  You never know. Don’t fill in the “to” until you have taken a while to think about whether you should send the communication.

Dr. Beverly Biggs, Ed.D. 
Legal Support Administrator 
Department of Justice
1) We are in a new world and everything is in flux. There are budget reductions. You need multiple skills and you need to be adaptable.  2) Be organized. Organize your information. Develop a career portfolio. 3) Be able to sell yourself in a presentation.  4) Learn cultural etiquette.  5) Have fun.  

Baldwin T. Chin, CIMA®
Senior Vice President-Wealth Management​
Merrill Lynch

Mark Fuglevand
Tax Department
Fox Entertainment Group

Christina Hsu
New Media Consultant
Never underestimate the power of networking. You can network anywhere. Extra-curriculars are important, organizations are important, church and other community connections are important. Sometimes you can’t “pay back” the help or advice that you received from a contact…if that is the case, just “pay it forward” and let your contact know you have done so. 

Moises Gomez 
Manager, Corporate Audit Services
Amgen Inc.

John Halliday 
Senior Operations Researcher 
The Rand Corporation
I want to get down to specific skills: Microsoft Office—spreadsheets, written communication, and presentation software. Students need to be able to use these tools with confidence and mastery.  Written communication is important. How to prepare and tell a story with a Powerpoint is important.  Secondly, with respect to the “soft skills” area: Thinking about the consequences of a decision is critical to effectiveness—what will the reaction of other people be to that decision? What might the unintended consequences be?

Syed Haneef
Director of Human Resources
Gibson Overseas Inc.

Norman Harris
Customs Manager
Panalpina, Inc.

George Hynes 
Logistic Edge

Monique Jackson
HR Recruiting Specialist

Ken Kessler 
Sander A. Kessler & Associates Inc.
Follow up from the original contact made with a potential employer. Make a personal connection. Deliver on any commitments.

Lisa Kludjian 
Human Resource Director
The Walt Disney Studio​

Ken Miller 
Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers

David Nelson 
Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers

Brandon Parker

Carmen Palafox
VP of Investment Operation
Dimensional Fund Advisors

Winny Poon
Executive Director, Finance & Accounting
Warner Brothers Entertainment

Mary Ann Powell 
Pacific Park

Phil Ramsdal
Transport Solutions, LLC

Laurel Rosen
President & CEO
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce

Susan Twomey
Tessler, Rubin & Company

Ben Van Roo
The Rand Corporation

Al Shepetuk 
Calif. Transportation & Logistics Institute

Paul Shapiro, CPA 
Paul G. Shapiro CPA
Underpromise & over deliver. Be humble. Always be curious. Before asking someone for help, ask how you can help them. Network, network, network.​

Roberta Suied 
Employee Relations 
The Aerospace Corporarion

Todd Thomas
Branch Manager
Expeditors International

Tish Tisherman 

Carolyn D. Trader 
Sr. Managing Partner 
TMI Consulting Group

Andrew J. Valdivia, CPCU, ARM
White & Company Insurance Inc.

Chelley Wilkes 
Corporate Recruiter 
CaseStack Inc.​​​​​