Tribus Awards 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our virtual Tribus Awards Ceremony on May 19, 2020!

And congratulations to each winner!

Below is the master list of 2019 winners, as well as our winners from our inaugural awards year in 2018. See photos from the 2019 Tribus Awards ceremony here.
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Young Professional of the Year

“Being new to the public relations field, I was surprised to receive the Young Professional of the Year award, but I was pleased to have my hard work recognized by an organization outside of my company. Although I am not involved with public relations in the traditional sense, PR is a part of every business, which is why I decided to return to graduate school to learn more about it. I look forward to continuing to learn from the experienced professionals at the PRSA River Cities Chapter and using this knowledge to better equip myself for a career that involves both organizational communication and public interaction.” – Diane Starkweather, Plant Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at SunCoke Energy Partners LP in Franklin Furnace, Ohio

PR Practitioner of The Year

“I’m honored to receive this award and want to thank everyone associated with the River Cities Chapter of PRSA. I view this as a team recognition more than an individual one. I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to be surrounded by insanely creative professionals who love what they do.

“The world of PR has changed drastically over the past 31 years, as technology has changed and the way we live and receive information has changed. That’s no more evident than in higher education. At Shawnee State, our goal is to provide personalized information to each prospective student so we’re able to answer the unique questions they have about the value of a college degree, programs designed to help make college possible, and how they can connect their specific interests and strengths to potential careers. While the tools we use are vastly different, the main goal of PR remains the same. At the end of the day, we exist to build connections and relationships with the people we serve.” – Elizabeth Blevins, APR, Director of Communications at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio

Chapter Service Award

“In many ways, this was the bow on top of my tenure as President for two years. I am incredibly passionate about PRSA and public relations as a whole, so this was a wonderful honor! I have been involved with PRSA since I was an undergraduate student at Marshall University and joined MU-PRSSA. It has been a surreal experience to help found a new Chapter of PRSA for our PR and other communications professionals in the Tri-State. I am exceedingly appreciative of my colleagues’ support and general faith in my leadership since the inception of our Chapter. I hope to continue to contribute in innovative ways as Past President and a member of committees. As a PRSA-East Central District board member, I also serve as PRSA-River Cities Chapter’s representative throughout a six-state radius. My hope is that our Chapter continues to grow and serve its membership well for years to come.” – Kaylin R. Staten, APR, Chapter Past President and CEO of Hourglass Media in Huntington, W.Va.

Best of Campaigns and Other Campaign/Tactic Tribus + Honorable Mention Awards

“While I am awfully proud of all of my students who earned awards in this year’s PRSA-River Cities Tribus Awards, the PRSSA-Marshall University agency group—including then-students (now alumni) Abbi Pritchard, Gretchen Kalar, Zachary Stevens, Chelsey Stanley and Kyle Camacho—are commended for exhibiting such a high level of excellence that earned them top honors for the evening.

“Having practitioners and scholars from the Houston, Texas, chapter of PRSA recognize the value of my students’ strategic communications work is the icing on the cake for what I consider already rewarding campaigns for three very worthy nonprofit organizations in our community.” – Terry L. Hapney, Jr., Ph.D., professor of public relations at Marshall University and 2020 Chapter President.

Tribus Award Winner

“Holzer Health System is honored to be chosen as a 2019 Tribus Award recipient. ‘Grow with Holzer’ was a comprehensive pediatric campaign, featuring multiple channels of communication over a broad service area. We were fortunate to feature employee’s children, reinforcing the Holzer Family in our internal and external messaging. Our department and system are grateful for the recognition.” – Karrie Davison, Public Information Officer and Marketing Manager at Holzer Health System in Gallipolis, Ohio

Honorable Mention Winner

“We are very pleased to be recognized for the communications and outreach work we’ve been doing in eastern Kentucky, especially by such a credible and highly respected organization as the Public Relations Society of America. We are grateful  for our local PRSA chapter for helping us further our mission and for providing so many educational and networking opportunities for our PR team.” – Cindy Wiseman, Kentucky Power in Ashland, Ky.

Honorable Mention Winner

“The Huntington Museum of Art appreciates the honorable mention award from the River Cities Chapter of PRSA for HMA’s Members’ Magazine. The magazine is an important marketing tool for the Huntington Museum of Art and it is nice when the hard work of HMA’s staff is recognized.” – John Gillispie, Huntington Museum of Art’s Public Relations Director in Huntington, W.Va.


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See photos from the 2018 Tribus Awards ceremony here.

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