A New Home and New Staff
In addition to a new headquarters in Washington, DC (see February 2008 Footnotes; p.1), the ASA has recently welcomed three new staff members. Be sure to make them feel welcome at their first ASA Annual Meeting in Boston.
Jackie Cooper joined ASA on March 3. As Media Relations Officer, Jackie will help build momentum for ASA’s public information program by generating media coverage for ASA’s members, initiatives, publications, and research. Prior to joining ASA, Jackie developed and executed public relations campaigns for nearly 20 associations and non-profits during her tenure at two public relations agencies in the Washington, DC, area. She has worked with clients such as The Advertising Council, the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Chronic Disease Directors, U.S. Pharmacopeia, the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, and Safe Kids Worldwide. Jackie currently serves on the Communications Section Council of American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership. She attended the University of Maryland, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in sociology.
Janine Chiappa McKenna joined ASA as the Publications and Journals Manager in March. She was previously the Editorial Production Director for Humanities and Social Science Journals at Heldref Publications. Janine graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in English and a certificate in women’s studies.
In her new role at ASA, Janine brings over a decade of publishing experience and a strong editorial eye. In her free time, Janine enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family, especially her husband and nearly one-year-old daughter.
Janene Scelza joined ASA in December 2007 as a Research Associate, assisting with survey research and data analysis of the discipline. Before her ASA position, she worked at the National Research Institute on data management for research and studies in state and national mental health practices, including syntax coding and analysis using SPSS. She has a BA in political science from the University of Central Florida and a cumbersomely titled MA from Georgetown University in which she focused on the social and economic impacts of information decentralization. With an unhealthy appetite for obscure pop culture, she writes online zines and blogs on film and music in her spare time.