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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.

Anna Everett

Dr. Anna Everett is a Professor of Film, Television and New Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). During her 21 years at UCSB she has served as the Director of the UCSB Center for Black Studies, Chair of Dept. of Film and Media Studies, and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy. She is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award teaching in Tunisia. She was the Belle Van Zuylen Visiting Professor of New Media and Women’s Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and others. Currently, she serves as Chair and Commissioner on the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women, Co-chair of the Media Committee of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee. Her many publications including the books Returning the Gaze: A Genealogy of Black Film Criticism, 1909-1949; Learning Race and Ethnicity: Youth and Digital Media, for the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media, Youth, and Learning program; her 2009 award-winning book Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace, and the edited volume Pretty People, among additional publications. She is completing a book on Social Media Influencers, Millennials, and Former President Obama.

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

Linda Strelluf has been engaged in the study and practice of oral, written, and visual media for more than thirty-two years. Following this passion, she received a BA in Speech from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and earned a master's degree in both Film and Literature from Baker University.

In 2018 Strelluf was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita at Avila University, where she taught a variety of media, communication, popular culture, and public relation’s classes. During her 18 years at Avila, her students won more than 150 local, regional, national, and international awards.

Before coming to Avila, Strelluf was a high school English, communication and theatre teacher, a company agent for Starlight Theatre, worked on promotions for a national theatre chain, lectured on how to overcome audience anxiety, and conducted seminars on how to access creativity. In 1986, Strelluf founded a small company and in 1998, affiliated with Country Sampler Group.

Strelluf was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Women in Communication. She served for three years, as the board liaison to 36 colleges, and the Chair of the Clarion Committee. Strelluf has been a Clarion judge for the past fifteen years. She has also served on the advisory board for St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, as a judge for the Stevie Awards, and as an advisor to student members of the International Association of Business Communicators.

In all aspects of her life Strelluf continues to explore her fascination with all forms of creative expression and media with her latest project in 2019, White Dog Studio.

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 1, 2020
  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 April 28, 2020. 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 12, 2020.
  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

If you meet all of the above criteria, please complete the Clarion Awards Judge Application to be considered for a judging position in the 2020 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.