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Clarion Award Judges & Requirements

Clarion Judges have more than 10 years experience in the communications field. Click here to learn more about the criteria required to become a judge.

2019 Clarion Award Judges

Emmeline Aguirre Olson

Emmeline Aguirre Olson is a freelance Communication Specialist, offering a variety of writing, editing, and graphic design services to her clients. Before focusing on her freelance career full time in 2019, she taught advertising at Texas State University for almost a decade and acted as the marketing coordinator for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2016. Prior to her time in academia, Emmeline worked client-side in the advertising industry as a copywriter, graphic designer, and art director for more than 15 years.

Linda Cruse

Linda Cruse is a content coordinator for Best Version Media, a privately-held North American media company. Before joining Best Version Media’s staff, Linda worked for more than 30 years as a reporter, editor and freelance writer for The Kansas City Star newspaper, The Sun Newspapers and Kansas City Small Business Monthly. A graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science degree in journalism, Linda has also worked in corporate communications, overseeing the publication of internal and external newsletters, brochures and marketing materials for several Kansas City businesses.


Danette Baker

Danette Baker is director of advancement communications at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She also has taught a public relations course as an adjunct instructor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. Danette is a member of the Lubbock Area United Way marketing committee, and she is a regular contributor to a local mom’s blog. Danette also continues to freelance as a communications specialist, offering writing, editorial, and proofreading 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 undergraduate degrees in animal science, biology and journalism and a master’s degree in veterinary science. Since 1985, she has taught writing in communication, reporting and science writing courses at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. She directs the core beginning writing course, freelance edits, and is a member of several research teams. Kelly twice served as president of the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators and 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 Pullman chapter of AWC. She is a member of the WSU President’s Teaching Academy and a 2015 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.

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 14th year as a Clarion judge.


Wendy Morlan

Wendy Morlan has been Director of Linn County Library District #5 in Pleasanton, Kansas, for over ten years. In this capacity, she uses many of the skills she learned during her long career as a graphic designer and print production supervisor in the electric utility industry. She is a former AWC National Board Secretary, and former president of the AWC Springfield, Missouri Chapter. Wendy earned a BFA from Ringling College of Art & Design. She is currently secretary of Friends of Kansas Libraries, Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site Foundation Board and the Linn County Democrats.


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. Lisa is the Vice President of Marketing for SavvyCard, a consumer engagement and digital marketing platform she co-founded in 2010. You can read more about Lisa and her accomplishements as well as follow her on social media by visiting her SavvyCard at 

Nadine Odo

Nadine Odo has been a professional medical writer and author’s editor at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University for 20 years. Her areas of expertise include manuscript preparation and social media and she has authored or co-authored a dozen scientific papers. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Hawaii and will begin her MPH at Augusta University in the fall.

Julie Popper

Julie Popper manages media relations for Kaiser Permanente’s Washington state region. Before this, Julie worked for 15 years in communications for advocacy organizations with roles managing internal and external communications, social media, advertising, executive communications, and communications campaign strategy. In her spare time she volunteers writing articles for publications about the outdoors.

Perri Richman
Perri Richman is the vice president of external communications and reputation management at Ingersoll Rand, a diversified industrial company that advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. She is also the innovator of “Brand You,” a branding methodology for individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses – to define a unique value proposition and align time, actions, media and image for great impact. Perri is a certified executive coach, reputation manager and image consultant, speaker and writer. 

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 - Application Deadline - April 4, 2019
  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. Agree to have her/his bio and photo posted on the AWC website acknowledging her/his role as a judge.
  7. Agree to provide written feedback via email (through AWC HQ) for any entrant who requests. 
  8. 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 22, 2019. 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.
  9. Judges will be required to complete and submit their judging scores online by June 14, 2019.
  10. 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]

If you meet all of the above criteria, please complete the Clarion Awards Judge Application to be considered for a judging position in the 2019 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.