The East Central District Platinum Award recognizes outstanding professional service among district PRSA members. Every year, the ECD presents one Platinum Award in honor of former national PRSA board member and ECD PRSA board chair Donald P. Durocher, APR, Fellow PRSA. In Durocher’s memory, the district board recognizes a practitioner who has achieved a distinguished service record and is clearly identified as a role model for other professionals through chapter, district, and national service.

To review a list of previous winners:

Award Criteria
Criteria for the award include past and current evidence of outstanding ECD service in the following capacities:

  • PRSA district service
  • PRSA chapter service
  • PRSA national service
  • Impact on the profession
  • Authored books, articles, presentations, etc.
  • PRSSA chapter and national service
  • Other professional organization work that contributed to or enhanced the understanding of the public relations field

East Central District Platinum Award – Nomination Process
Nomination materials should be submitted to the ECD Board of Directors by the current PRSA chapter president who, by the submission, verifies that the nomination has the support of that Chapter’s Board of Directors. The ECD Board will review the nominations and be responsible for making the final selection at the September board meeting and annual retreat.

Nominations should be submitted via this form:  The nomination should define the service positions held as well as the impact and the contributions made by the nominee. Articles or books authored by a candidate that has enhanced the knowledge of others in the profession should also be identified along with the awards, citations and honors the candidate has received for his or her professional service.

Up to 10 documents of support are allowed in support of the nomination and verifying the contributions should be included with the nomination form when possible. Paid employees of the ECD and current sitting members of the ECD Board are excluded from nomination.

Please complete the nomination and supporting materials by August 31, 2021 by 11:59 EST. 

If you have any questions or issues, please contact: Adrienne Wallace, ECD Immediate Past Chair at

2021 Platinum Award Recipient: Jaron Terry, MS, APR, PRSA Fellow

East Central District Board of Directors selected Jaron Terry, MS, APR, PRSA Fellow (Central Ohio Chapter) as the honoree of this year’s Platinum Award.

Jaron is an innovative collaborator, practicing public relations at the highest strategic, creative and ethical levels for four decades. An entrepreneur and veteran, she is an authentic, dedicated practitioner, teacher, mentor and friend. An independent practitioner since 1995, Jaron is president of Jaron Terry Communications where she utilizes the full gamut of public relations and marketing communications tools to favorably position organizations within their target markets. Specializing in health care, she is well-versed in strategic planning, media relations and marketing communications, and is an accomplished speaker and writer with numerous awards, including Central Ohio PRSA Tom Poling Practitioner of the Year.

Congratulations to Jaron for this highly deserved award! Learn more here.