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Meet the Administration

 

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, Head of School, joined YULA in September of 2008 as Head of School. He came to YULA having served in every position within Jewish Education from Torah Teacher (Halachah, Chumash, Navi), to teaching Jewish Philosophy and AP Jewish History, to Curriculum Development, to Israel and Religious Guidance, to Director of Judaic Studies, to Principal and Head of School. Rabbi Lieberman has published a breadth of articles and is the author of a book of Talmudic Commentaries from the Cairo Genizah to Mesechet Shabbat. He lectures on selected topics of Jewish History and his love and passion for Jewish Education resonates daily at YULA Girls High School.

Mrs. Bluma Drebin, Principal of General Studies, joined the YULA Girls' School faculty in 1997. She has worked at YULA in various capacities, including Judaic Studies Department Chair, teaching in both the Mathematics and Chumash departments and Mechanechet. Mrs. Drebin is currently the Principal of General Studies for the Girls' School. Mrs. Drebin has a wealth of experience garnered from over 20 years of teaching both General and Judaic Studies. This experience affords her a unique perspective of both the school and its students. She was awarded the 2006 Milliken Family Foundation Distinguished Jewish Educator Award. Mrs. Drebin holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies with a minor in Education and a Master of Education: School Administration degree.

Mrs. Natalie Williams, Associate Principal, earned her M.A. in Teaching and is currently completing a Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership. She was Director of Student Life and a member of the Judaic Studies faculty at Maimonides Academy of Los Angeles for five years before joining YULA Girls High School this summer. Mrs. Williams is passionate about education and mentoring, with aims to help every student reach their fullest potential. She believes strongly that by creating a personal rapport with every student, an educator can nurture each student's academic and spiritual growth. 

 

Mrs. Brigitte Wintner, Dean of Students, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended YULA Girls High School, and returned in 1998 to join the YULA staff as a Judaic studies teacher and Mechanechet. After earning her History degree at Loyola Marymount University, Brigitte joined the History department and taught European History and Holocaust Studies. In 2010 Brigitte joined the administrative team as Dean of Students. Her love for history and the Jewish people drove her to become one of the founders of YULA's new Holocaust initiative- Witnesses of Witnesses. Brigitte has been part of the YULA family as a student, teacher, administrator, and parent. She feels privileged to be part of the YULA community. She is grateful for the opportunity to be able to work and learn with the amazing staff and students every day.

Mrs. Samira Miller, Director of Admissions and Marketing, Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mrs. Miller has always enjoyed being part of the vibrant and warm LA Jewish community. She earned her B.A. in Communications from University of California, San Diego as well as her M.A.Ed in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. Mrs. Miller spent seven years as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Touro College Los Angeles and most recently, worked as Director of Community Support at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. “Working with students and parents through the admissions process puts a smile on my face. I love being part of a school that I am truly proud of. Each student brings something unique to the YULA community, and I am glad to be present on campus everyday to witness and enjoy the growth that I see.”
 
 
Mrs. Nancy Schiff, Administrator, Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Schiff moved to Los Angeles in 1989. For 10 years, she worked at Maimonides Academy as the School's Operations Manager. Her goal was to manage an organization that was efficient and customer oriented. She took care of the staff and made sure they had the resources necessary to teach their students. Mrs. Schiff joined YULA in February 2011 and plans on continuing these goals at YULA Girls High School. Mrs. Schiff and her husband Mark have three boys, all who have attended YULA at one time. Many of you might know her husband, Mark, who is a stand-up comedian. Mark tours with Jerry Seinfeld and entertains "kosher" crowds across the US. I love the staff and students at YULA Girls. “Not having girls myself, I look at all 190 girls as my daughters. I am here for all of them.”

 

Mr. Nick Parsons, Director of Technology, started working at YULA in the Summer of 2010 after working for Apple for three years. While at Apple, Nick worked as a training instructor, delivering thousands of one to one sessions on a variety of topics. Towards the end of his time at Apple, Nick worked at the Genius Bar providing technical support. Nick also spent five years at WOUB a PBS affiliate at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Nick has been recognized with numerous awards for his documentary work from the Associated Press and the Telly Awards. While at Ohio University, Nick earned a Bachelors of Science in Communication with an emphasis on video production and Master of Education in Computer Education.

Mrs. Mindy Sroka, Academic Registrar, originally from Brooklyn, NY, has been the Academic Registrar at YULA Girls High School since 2013. She comes to us from Maimonides Academy, where she was the Academic Registrar and part of the administrative team for 13 years. Mindy has a BA in Education from Arizona State University and worked as a middle school teacher for many years before joining office administration. Mindy and her husband, Brian, have 3 boys, who are all now grown. “What I appreciate most about YULA is the warmth and sense of community that you feel.”

Ms. Michelle Rhodes, Financial Registrar, attended Cal State Northridge, where she received her B.S degree in Business Management. She frequently assisted the student activity director with events and did part time work as a bookkeeper, while attending college. This dabbling early on led her to a love and career in both accounting and event planning. She sees the fun part of it as the personal relationships she builds with people. She is also a Harry Potter fan.