CSR hires two new staff members
Sacramento, Calif. - As California State Retirees (CSR) continues to grow its membership of 35,000, two new staff members have joined the CSR family.
The extensive recruitment effort involved more than 60 applicants and an exhaustive team evaluation, resulting in the hiring of Dani Schenone and Jamee Villa to fill the positions of senior communications specialist and communications specialist, respectively.
“We are fortunate to add Dani and Jamee to our team,” said CSR Executive Director Bob Hendricks. “Their skills and experience will serve our state retirees well.”
Dani Schenone, a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, will oversee the CSR Membership Committee; perform website maintenance and support; assist with the monthly California State Retiree newspaper, social media and email marketing efforts; and provide graphic design and video production.
Schenone previously worked as an annual giving associate at Loyola Marymount University, where she was responsible finding and reaching out to alumni and convincing them they should be contributing to the alumni association. She was instrumental in setting a new record in the number of contributions gained in the university’s annual 24-hour recruitment effort this year.
“She will now be locating and reaching out to state retirees who may not know about CSR and
our many benefits, such as representing their interests before the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the Legislature,” Hendricks said.
Schenone said she is thankful for the opportunity to do good work for CSR.
“I am looking forward to growing our membership base and serving as a voice for our retirees,” she said.
Jamee Villa brings more than 16 years of communication and marketing experience to CSR. She will oversee the CSR Health Benefits Committee, provide social media marketing expertise, assist with website maintenance and exercise her graphic design and video production skills.
She previously worked as a digital marketing specialist for Basalite Concrete Products, an international company specializing in home building products.
“She also served as the company’s marketing spokesperson, appearing in several marketing videos that can still be seen on YouTube,” said Hendricks.
Before Basalite, Villa honed her expertise at various organizations, including Groupon and Bank of America. She is also one of the professional writers (bloggers) for GirlsOnTheGrid.com, a lifestyle blog focused on the daily lives of professional
women in Sacramento.
“I look forward to making an impact within the digital realm of CSR,” Villa said. “I am excited to work with this wonderful group of people.”