Steve Koski is an underwater archaeologist specializing in underwater prehistoric sites. He received his BA in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and completed graduate studies in an MA program at Arizona State University. His research interests include the early prehistory of Florida, coastal adaptations, and Paleoindian and Archaic period settlement and subsistence systems. Mr. Koski worked as an assistant underwater archeologist at WMS (1986 – 1989) and is the former Research Associate at Little Salt Spring for the University of Miami (2004 – 2012), where he has worked with the director of research Associate Professor Dr. John Gifford intermittently since 1992. He continues to serve as Site Manager at Little Salt Spring as the 112-acre property is conveyed to Sarasota County under their Environmentally Sensitive Lands Program. Steve is also President of Warm Mineral Springs Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society.
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It has been a Business and Professional Women of Englewood/Venice tradition to honor one of our members the third week in October, which is National Business Women's Week, for her accomplishments in our organization, achievement in her work field, and for her service in the community in which she lives.
Our nominees for this year's Woman of the Year are:
To be able to vote, you must be a member in good standing with BPWEV and BPW Florida. You may only vote for one person. We will present our Woman of the Year at our October meeting. All votes must be received no later than October 14, 2015.
Judy Braham grew up in Oak Park, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. She married Mike, a retired police officer, in 2006. Mike adopted Judy’s daughters, Meghan and Kayla. In 2007, they moved as a family to Venice, Florida. Meghan, 29, is married to Thomas, and they have one daughter, Kennedy, 19 months old. Meghan is an ESE Math teacher at Woodland Middle School, Thomas is a Golf Pro at Plantation and they live in North Port. Her youngest daughter, Kayla, 21, is an LPN for Gulf Coast Medical Group in Venice and lives at home. Kayla and Judy attended the practical nursing program together at SCTI and were the first mother/daughter team to graduate from this program in August, 2014.
Since May, Judy has worked for A Banyan Residence Assisted Living Resort in Venice as their Public Relations Liaison. She attends various chamber, community and association events, where she “networks” to let others know about their facility. She is also available to speak to community groups and organizations on topics relevant to the aging population. Previously she has worked as an administrative secretary, office manager, retail store manager and a certified massage therapist.
Her biggest day-to-day challenge is trying to maintain a gluten-free diet while networking!
Judy enjoys spending quality time with her family; especially her granddaughter, shopping, decorating her home, and watching “police procedural” TV shows with Mike.
A member of BPW during the 1990’s, she rejoined in July because she believes in the power of women mentoring women.