Each month Santa Rosa Junior College recognizes excellence on campus with an Employee of the Month Award. Visit the Employee of the Month Nominations page to find out how to nominate someone you feel deserves this distinction. List of past EOM recipients.
August 2018 - Simona Stefanescu
Congratulations to Simona Stefanescu, Coordinator of Marketing & Social Media in Public Relations, for being named Employee of the Month for August 2018.
Some of Simona’s key responsibilities at SRJC include creating and adapting the social media strategy for the District, creating and executing social media campaigns and managing all the daily updates and messaging on the District's social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat). Simona also produces the SRJC website homepage, creates videos for the homepage and social media use, and trains and advises other social media admins for department accounts. She analyzes our social media metrics and keeps up to date with online marketing changes and trends.
Simona brings over 25 years of relevant experience to her current position at SRJC, which she joined in 2013. Prior to coming to SRJC Simona worked as a journalist, a public relations consultant, a foreign news contributor, and a social media marketing strategist.
Her previous supervisor, Ellen Maremont Silver, stated, “Simona is an exceptionally dedicated person. She holds herself to the highest professional standards in all areas of her work. Social media never stops, and Simona takes her commitment to communicating via social media very seriously. During the October 2017 fires, Simona was ceaseless in her efforts to communicate quickly and supportively the information students, faculty and staff needed to know. She was an essential part of the success of our communications efforts and support for the SRJC community and beyond.”
Simona attributes her success at SRJC to her passion for education. She values using her skills for the greater good. She considers the production of the May 2018 homepage video as her greatest accomplishment at SRJC to date. She is also proud to have grown SRJC’s Facebook fan base from 2,000 fans in 2013 to 15,000 fans in June 2018. In total, in June 2018, SRJC’s social media community counts 57,600 fans on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat – and this is entirely to Simona’s credit.
Simona was born in Romania, and grew up in the mountainous area known as Transylvania, an historic province of Romania. Her grandparents lived near what is known as "Dracula's Castle,” which she visited often as a child. Simona graduated from high school in Romania and attended three years of college for Public Relations at the National School of Political Sciences, before transferring to Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, where she received her AA in Liberal Arts in 2005. After five years in New York, she moved to California to attend California State University, East Bay, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2009. Simona also received an associate’s degree in Wine Business and Marketing from Santa Rosa Junior College in 2015.
She enjoys photography, traveling abroad, museums, history, art, and music. She lives with her husband, Mathew, her three dogs (Izzy, Bjorn and Astra) and two cats (Mini and Azzurro). Upon being named Employee of the Month, Simona admits feeling very grateful and honored. Plus, it’s one more thing off her bucket list!