2017 ECD Board

Please join us in welcoming the 2017 East Central District Board of Directors!

2017 PRSA ECD Board of Directors

Immediate Past Chair
Sarah Bednarski, APR
Communications Director, Mercy Health – Toledo Region
Northwest Ohio Chapter

Gretchen Fri, APR
Director of Safety Communications, Tradesmen International
Akron Area Chapter

Andrea Clark, APR
Manager – Public Relations & Social Media, Amway North America
West Michigan Chapter

Vanessa Stiles, APR
President, Victory Sun, Inc.
Hoosier Chapter

Kelly McGlumphy, APR
Public Relations Manager, GOJO Industries
Greater Cleveland Chapter

Directors – Terms Ending 2017
Chris Kemper, APR
Director of External Communications, FirstGroup America
Cincinnati Chapter

Meredith Amoroso
Account Director, PR/SI, Mullen
Pittsburgh Chapter

Sara Payne Scarbro
Deputy State Director, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
West Virginia Chapter

Directors – Terms Ending 2018
Jennifer Flowers, APR
Director, Communications, FordDirect
Detroit Chapter

Sue Patrick, APR
Director of Communications & Marketing, Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education
Thoroughbred Chapter


Our New Fellows

Please join us in welcoming our six new members of PRSA’s College of Fellows (not in order below):

Mary J. Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA, Senior Leadership Consultant, Integrated Leadership Systems, Central Ohio Chapter

Dr. Deborah A. Davis, APR, ABC, Fellow PRSA, Assistant Professor, Ball State University, Hoosier Chapter

Mary T. Henige, APR, Fellow PRSA, Founder and Chief Consultant, Magnetica Communications LLC, Detroit Chapter

Jeri Matheney, APR, Fellow PRSA, Communications Director, Appalachian Power, West Virginia Chapter

Robert F. Schultz, APR, Fellow PRSA, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Events, Downtown Indy, Inc., Hoosier Chapter

Jaron M. Terry, MS, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, Jaron Terry Communications Ltd., Central Ohio Chapter


Diamond Awards Due NOW

We’re excited to announce that it’s time for the 2016 East Central District Diamond Awards!


The East Central District of the Public Relations Society of America is once again calling for shining examples of public relations campaigns and tactics for its 39th annual Diamond Awards competition.

The Diamond Awards are presented to public relations practitioners who have successfully addressed a communication challenge with exemplary skill, creativity and resourcefulness.

The Diamond Awards are open to any public relations professional who is a member of the 17 chapters of PRSA East Central District, or any nonmember whose place of business is within the district’s boundaries. The East Central District covers the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

We’re also pleased to announce that the Central Michigan PRSA chapter is leading the Diamond Awards process this year and next and has some great plans in store. Last year was a learning year as we’ve transitioned planning of the awards to CMPRSA. 

Once again, please visit the host chapter’s Diamond Awards page, with payment information and further details HERE.

Speaking of which, take a moment to Save the Dates below to ensure you’re planning accordingly:

Entry Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2016
Late Entries Accepted Until: November 3, 2016 (with late entry fee payment)

Now is an excellent time to begin reviewing your campaigns and tactics for submission. Remember that strategic, multifaceted public relations campaigns that exemplify the four-step process and meet specific goals are ideal for campaigns. And a single project designed to accomplish a specific purpose that may be part of a larger campaign are perfect entries for tactics.

Start your planning now! We’re so looking forward to seeing all of the entries and winners this year. For more information, contact the 2016 Diamond Awards chair, Greg Rokisky, at ecdprsadiamondawards@gmail.com




The PRSA International Conference is coming to the East Central District this year. It will be in Indianapolis, Indiana from October 23 – October 25, 2016. To register and learn more about the program of the event, go here: 2016 PRSA International Conference


Destination map from Indy re 2016 PRSA International Conference


Borrowing Brilliance

Borrowing Brilliance: ECD QuickStart Leadership Conference
September 24, 2016

Join your fellow chapter leaders for this annual one-day conference. Take advantage of this opportunity to “Borrow Brilliance”. Sign-up now!



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