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2016 Clarion Judges Judge Selection Criteria


Emmeline Aguirre

Emmeline Aguirre teaches Advertising Campaigns, Portfolio, and Copywriting at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She is also Faculty Co-advisor for the University’s American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition team and Faculty Advisor for Ad Club, Texas State’s student advertising organization. Before joining the faculty at Texas State, Emmeline worked in the industry as a copywriter, graphic designer, and art director for 15 years. She continues to freelance and work on pro bono projects as a Communications Specialist, offering a variety of writing, editing, and design services.

Jenny Engle

Jenny Engle, an award winning marketing and communications professional, also is a popular speaker, trainer, and author. A Certified Communications Professional (CCP) and Guest Blogging Graduate, she is the owner and principal of jke marketing & communications (, a Green-Plus Certified boutique firm working with small to medium-sized for- profit and non-profit organizations.

The Pennsylvania native is a contributing author to “The Unstoppable Woman’s Guide to Emotional Wellbeing” and “The Guide for the Unstoppable Entrepreneur,” as well as the “PRNEWS Employee Communications Handbook,” the “PRNEWS Guidebook on CSR and Green Messaging” and the Women’s Advantage Calendar. She regularly blogs and writes on a variety of communications and business topics and is a contributor to HuffPost Live. A judge for various international communications competitions, she also is a reviewer/evaluator of professional work portfolios for communications certification and vice president of the AWC Matrix Foundation board.

Roberta Kelly

Roberta Kelly holds degrees in journalism and veterinary science and since 1985 has taught writing in communication, reporting, and science writing courses at Washington State University and the University of Idaho.   She also freelance edits and is a member of several research teams.
Kelly served twice as president of the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators and currently serves on its board and was twice journalism program head at WSU.  She also served six years as assistant dean of undergraduate studies for The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU and since 1999 has advised the WSU chapter of AWC.  She is a member of the WSU President’s Teaching Academy and the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.

JoAnn Langston

Jo Langston is an assistant professor of practice in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  Her main teaching areas are public relations writing, practice and professionalism, nonprofit public relations and special event management.  She is the faculty advisor for Tech PR, a student led pr group, and serves as a member of the graduate faculty.

 Langston completed 30 years in hospital marketing and public relations prior to her academic career.  During that time, Langston developed and executed strategic communication initiatives for a variety of health care issues, such as the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s, to the establishment of managed care to the development of the Children's Miracle Network at her hospital.

She is a member of the Lubbock, Texas AWC Chapter and the West Texas Chapter of the PRSA. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Texas Tech University and her graduate degree in communications management from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas.

Jayne E. Marsh

Jayne E. Marsh is an accredited public relations and fund development professional with more than 35 years of marketing communications, public relations, media and fundraising experience in the higher education, non-profit, governmental, technology, and cultural arts sectors. She was instrumental in the re-birth of the Lansing Michigan chapter of Women in Communications, Inc. (WICI) chapter in the 1980s, served as professional advisor to the Michigan State University (MSU) student WICI chapter, chaired the Great Lakes Regional WICI Meeting in 1983, and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MSU.

Kari McMullen

Kari McMullen has over fifteen years of experience in the communications field, where she has worked in industries ranging from telecommunications, information technology, financial services, education and most recently insurance, as a Communication Strategist for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, IL. She is also an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Illinois State University, where she teaches Consumer Behavior and Marketing Management.


Kari is a member of the AWC Bloomington-Normal Chapter.  She has served on their annual Crystal Awards Committee, presented the importance Crisis Communications to the AWC Student Chapter, and spoke about the importance of Personal Branding at the 2015 Fall Workshop. She is currently the VP of Membership Development and also assists the National AWC organization as a National Conference Committee member, Clarion Award Judge, and is the Chair of the Professional Development Committee.


Kari has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications and a Master of Business Administration, both from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. During her MBA experiences, she studied in Brazil, where she learned the proper way to analyze a company's business structure. She also learned how important cultural influences can be on successful communication strategies.


Additionally, Kari holds a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill at Northwestern University. She has had the honor of working collaboratively with leaders from top-tier global companies, such as Google, Leo Burnett, 3M, ESPN, and Frito Lay, in order to gain strategic and quantitative skills that focus intently on consumer insights.


When Kari is not focusing on her career or continuous education, she enjoys learning about the influence social media has on traditional business values. She also enjoys traveling with her husband and two daughters. 

Pat Meads

Pat Meads has been a member of AWC since 1976 – in the Twin Cities chapter in Minnesota, then Kansas City, and now as an Independent member. She spent 39 years in Sales Promotion, Advertising, Marketing and Event Planning in Minneapolis and Kansas City.  Pat is now retired, but stays active in Communications as a volunteer editor for a large non-profit organization in Kansas City, and as a member of the AWC National Board of Directors. Pat is currently serving as your Treasurer of the national board. This is Pat’s 12th year as a Clarion judge.

Connie Mennie

As Sound Transit’s Customer Communications Supervisor, Connie Mennie is a coach, lead writer/editor and project manager for a wide variety of public communications across multiple platforms. A former news editor of the Marysville Globe, a community weekly north of Seattle, she also has extensive local government experience. A FEMA-certified Public Information Officer, she was an early responder to the devastating mudslide in Oso, Washington, in 2014.


Connie is a past president and current secretary of AWC’s Seattle professional chapter, where she also is the liaison with the student chapter at Washington State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Western Washington University and her master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.


Lisa Nalewak

Lisa Nalewak has over 20 years of experience as a Marketing Communications professional. She has held senior positions with start-ups and established companies in the publishing, consumer electronics and Internet services industries. Her expertise in creative, copywriting, branding, integrated marketing strategies and consumer behavior has enabled her to successfully deploy profitable MarComm initiatives for established companies and to position her start-up companies for successful acquisition. Currently, Lisa is the Creative Director for SavvyDog Design, LLC, an award-winning boutique graphic and web design agency she co-founded in 2002, and is a Marketing Consultant for SavvyPhone, LLC, an award winning mobile web application development company she co-founded in 2010.

You can read more about Lisa and her accomplishments as well as follow her on social media by visiting her SavvyCard:


Lynn O’Connell

Lynn O'Connell has nearly 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has served in diverse roles including those of nonprofit staff, grantmaker, consultant, trainer and board member. She currently serves as Executive Director of Computer C.O.R.E., a workforce development nonprofit based in Alexandria, VA.  Prior to joining CORE, Lynn served as Executive Director for the Physician Assistant Foundation where she directed grant programs, established a new grant system, and launched a national health adherence project. Other nonprofit experience includes work as a Development Director for healthcare organizations and educational institutions.  She left the sector for 11 years to serve as a Foreign Service Officer.


Lynn has a Masters in Philanthropy from Indiana University, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University, and is a Fulbright Scholar.  Lynn is also on the adjunct faculty teaching nonprofit courses at Catholic University, The Graduate School, and George Washington University. 


Lynn has served on many boards of directors over the years including Little Theatre of Alexandria, Adventure Theatre, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, and Empowered Women International.  She is a past board chair of Volunteer Alexandria, Washington Literacy Council and the Association of Women in Communications-DC Chapter. 


Nadine Odo

Nadine Odo is a medical writer/research associate at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. She is involved in research from grant proposal development to data collection and manuscript preparation and also has a hand in producing webpages and newsletters. Before moving to Georgia over 15 years ago, she was public relations professional at the Blood Bank of Hawaii.



Linda Strelluf

For Linda Strelluf, studying communication is a way of life. In college she received a BA in Speech from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and earned a Master’s degree in Film and in Literature from Baker University. Whether working as a company agent for Starlight Theatre, developing promotions for a movie chain, or teaching communication and film strategies, Strelluf is passionate about communication. A professor of Communication at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo, Strelluf served for three years on the Board of Directors for the Association for Women in Communication (AWC), where she was Student Liaison to 36 college chapters across the country. After judging for five years and winning a Clarion Award in 2010, she was appointed as the Chairman of the Clarion Award’s Committee, and was instrumental in taking the Clarion Awards online. She has also been selected to judge the Stevie Awards, which honor women in business. Additionally, she served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Executive Committee and a member of the Advisory Board for St Joseph Institute for the Deaf–Kansas City. A member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), she is the faculty advisor for AU/ IABC. During her twelve years at Avila, Strelluf’s students have won a variety of local, regional, national, and international awards for their work in her classes.

Judge Selection Criteria

Please review the following Judge Selection Criteria to make sure you are eligible for judging the Clarion Awards competition. Judges must:

  1. Download and submit an application by Monday, April 3, 2017.
  2. Have at least 10 years of professional experience or hold a master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  3. Have routine access to e-mail.
  4. Have routine access to high-speed internet.
    Be able to access the following file formats: Images (jpeg, png, psd), Documents (pdf, doc, docx), Audio/Video (mpg, avi, mov, wav, mp3, wmv, mp4).
  5. Feel comfortable learning new technology.
  6. Be an AWC member in good standing.
  7. Agree to have her/his bio and photo posted on the AWC website acknowledging her/his role as a judge.
  8. Agree to provide written feedback via email (through AWC HQ) for any entrant who requests. 
  9. Judges will receive registration information for the Clarion Awards Judges Site at the time their applications are accepted. This online registration must be completed by Monday, April 24, 2017. Assistance will be provided for any questions that may arise during the registration process. Once all judges are registered, they will be assigned specific categories. Entries in these categories will be made available to the judges online via the Clarion Awards Judges Site.
  10. Judges will be required to complete and submit their judging scores online by June 16, 2017.
  11. Judges may select one winning entry per category. If a judge determines that no award is merited for a category an explanation must be submitted to AWC headquarters by emailing clarion[at]
Apply Now!

If you meet all of the above criteria, please complete the Clarion Awards Judge Application to be considered for a judging position in the 2017 Clarion Awards Competition.  Please complete the application and either email to the AWC National office or print and mail to The Association for Women in Communications,1717 E Republic Rd., Ste. A. Springfield, MO 65804.