Special Award Winners

(Updated as of December 2013)

Otto Bos Lifetime Achievement Award
The Otto Bos Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an
experienced practitioner for lifetime achievement in the
public relations arena. The award is named after the late
Otto Bos, a press secretary and strategic confidant of
former California Governor Pete Wilson. Bos was a San
Diegan whose career achievements in public relations were
significant. A person nominated for this award is someone
who continually sets high standard and leads the way
for other public relations professionals. This award was
originated by PR Club of San Diego.

Otto Bos Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
  • 1992 Otto Bos
  • 1993 David Nuffer
  • 1994 Bill Seaton
  • 1995 Neil Regan, Fellow, APR
  • 1996 Joe Lipper, APR
  • 1997 Kenn Ulrich, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 1998 Kerry Tucker
  • 1999 Alan Ziegaus
  • 2000 Tom Gable, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 2001 Allen Center, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 2002 Laura Walcher
  • 2003 Donna Alm, APR
  • 2004 Mike Bardin, APR
  • 2005 Bernie Rhinerson
  • 2006 Bill Trumpfheller
  • 2007 Georgeanne Irvine
  • 2008 Glen Broom
  • 2009 Tom Sprague
  • 2010 Larry Thomas
  • 2011 David Dozier, Ph.D., APR
  • 2012 Beth Walsh
  • 2013 Sara Katz
Deb Baker Public Relations Professional of the Year

This award was initiated by PR Club of San Diego as the
PR Professional of the Year Award and came into the Mark
of Excellence Awards structure after the merger of the two
organizations. In 2003 it was renamed the Deborah Baker
PR Professional of the Year Award in honor of Deborah
Baker, APR, who passed away just months after being
selected to receive the honor in 2002. Baker was the
director of communications for the Girls Scout, San Diego-
Imperial Counties Council and was honored, among other
things, for her work initiating “Operation Thin Mint” to send
Girl Scout cookies to troops deployed overseas.

PR Professional of the Year Award Winners
  • 1963 Jacquies Cosse
  • 1964 Dan Hale
  • 1965 Fred Childress
  • 1966 Charles T. Bryne
  • 1967 Richard Harmon
  • 1968 Cy Greaves
  • 1969 Alan McGrew
  • 1970 Gordon F. Lee
  • 1971 No selection
  • 1972 H. Bailey Gallison
  • 1973 Co-winners: CDR William D. Collins, Bill Seaton
  • 1974 Co-winners: Ardys Heise, Pat Palakowski
  • 1975 Cam Miller
  • 1976 Eva Irving, APR
  • 1977 Roger Conlee, APR
  • 1978 No selection
  • 1979 Michael Bardin, APR
  • 1980 Larry Anderson, APR
  • 1981 Gail Stoorza Gill
  • 1982 Andy Mace
  • 1983 Melissa Keleher Johnson
  • 1984 Jerry Ringer
  • 1985 Sue Raney Ryan
  • 1986 Jack Berkman, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 1987 Jan Percival
  • 1988 Co-winners: Dave Nuffer, Kerry Tucker
  • 1989 Tamara Smith-McLeod, APR
  • 1990 Tim Larrick
  • 1991 Kathy Kalland
  • 1992 Michelle Mueller
  • 1993 Laura Walcher
  • 1994 Co-winners: Georgeanne Irvine, Jeff Jouett
  • 1995 Glen Broom
  • 1996 Elizabeth Pecsi, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 1997 Stephanie Casenza, APR
  • 1998 Christine Trimble
  • 1999 Dick Daniels, APR
  • 2000 Megan Conley
  • 2001 Bill Trumpfheller
  • 2002 Deborah Baker, APR
  • 2003 Sara Fraunces
  • 2004 Scott McGaugh, APR
  • 2005 Jeff Overton
  • 2006 Derek Danziger, APR
  • 2007 Dr. Bey-Ling Sha, APR
  • 2008 Mike Rose
  • 2009 Joice Truban Curry
  • 2010 Mary Schmidt Krebs, APR
  • 2011 Diana Lucero
  • 2012 Bill Gay, APR
  • 2013 Valerie Chereskin, APR
The Diogenes Award

The Diogenes Award is named after the ancient Greek
philosopher who carried a lantern through the streets
of Athens searching for an honest man. This award
recognizes a San Diego newsmaker who has demonstrated
a remarkable and commendable understanding of the
need for candor when dealing with the public and the
news media, regardless of any potential negative outcome.
This is an annual award recognizing a PR professional who
has done outstanding public relations work over the course
of the previous year. Any public relations professional in
San Diego County is eligible. Nominees need not be PRSA
members; however, the nomination must be made by a
PRSA member.

Diogenes Award Winners
  • 1977 Peter Q. Davis, President and CEO, Bank of Commerce
  • 1978 LTGEN Louis Metzger, USMC (Ret.)
  • 1979 Danah Fayman, arts advocate
  • 1980 Dr. Tom Payzant, Superintendent, San Diego City Schools
  • 1981 Thomas Page, Chairman, President and CEO, SDGE
  • 1082 Forest Shumway, Chairman and CEO, Signal Companies
  • 1983 Dr. David Chadwick, Director of Child Protection, Children’s Hospital
  • 1984 Gordon Luce, Chairman and CEO, Great American Federal Savings & Loan
  • 1985 Bill Kolender, Chief of Police, City of San Diego
  • 1986 Gerald Hirshberg, Chairman, San Diego Unified Port District Art Advisory Board
  • 1987 Judge J. Morgan Lester, Judge, Superior Court of San Diego County
  • 1988 Dr. J. William Cox, San Diego County Department of Health Services
  • 1989 Brad Truax, AIDS activist
  • 1990 Casey Gwinn, Assistant City Attorney, City of San Diego
  • 1991 Dan Henning, Head Coach, San Diego Chargers
  • 1992 Bob Burgreen, Chief of Police, City of San Diego
  • 1993 Cecil Steppe, Director, San Diego County Department of Social Services
  • 1994 Kim Caldwell, rape victim, Pacific Beach
  • 1995 Alan Bersin, United States Attorney, San Diego
  • 1996 Richard H. Chandler, Chairman and CEO, Sunrise Medical
  • 1997 Dr. Brian Blackbourne, Chief Medical Examiner, County of San Diego
  • 1998 Jesus Blancornelas, Zeta Publisher, Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1999 Joe Harper, President and General Manager, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • 2000 David Bejarano, Chief of Police, City of San Diego
  • 2001 Juan Tintos, Secretary for Tourism, State of Baja California, Mexico
  • 2002 Jerry Sanders, American Red Cross, San Diego chapter
  • 2003 No selection
  • 2004 No selection
  • 2005 Diann Shipione, San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System
  • 2006 Jeff Bowman, former chief, San Diego Fire Department
  • 2007 Chris Van Gorder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scripps Health
  • 2008 Dr. Stephen Weber, President, San Diego State University
  • 2009 No selection
  • 2010 Maureen Stapleton, General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority
  • 2011 No selection
  • 2012 Michael R. Niggli, President and Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • 2013 Dr. Melinda Nish, Superintendent and President of Southwestern College
Eva Irving Community Service Award

This award recognizes a public relations professional
whose volunteer efforts for non-profit, philanthropic or
public service organizations reflect the best traditions of
volunteerism. It honors the memory of the late Eva Irving,
a distinguished public relations practitioner whose career
included countless hours of volunteer service on behalf
of numerous community organizations. To be eligible, a
nominee’s volunteerism must be for an organization other
than his or her primary employer, and must be performed
by the nominee, not by staff. The nature of the work may
or may not involve public relations activities. Volunteer
contributions can be for work performed over a period of
several years. A nominee must be a member of PRSA in
order to be eligible for this award.

Eva Irving Community Service Award Winners
  • 1988 Jerry Ringer
  • 1989 Kitty Mones
  • 1990 Michelle Mueller
  • 1991 Al Reese, APR
  • 1992 Roger Conlee, APR
  • 1993 David Nuffer
  • 1994 Randy Mitchell, APR
  • 1995 Tom Gable, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 1996 No selection
  • 1997 Lynne Friedmann, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 1998 Bill Trumpfheller
  • 1999 No selection
  • 2000 Stephanie Casenza, APR
  • 2001 Bernie Rhinerson
  • 2002 Julie Walke
  • 2003 Julia Simms, APR
  • 2004 Tom Sprague, APR
  • 2005 Dick Daniels, APR
  • 2006 No selection
  • 2007 Jack Berkman
  • 2008 No selection
  • 2009 Indra Gardiner Bowers
  • 2010 Jim McBride
  • 2011 Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
  • 2012 Laura Walcher
  • 2013 Jamie Lynn Sigler
New Pro of the Year

The “New Pro of the Year” Award recognizes an exceptional
public relations professional with five or fewer years
of experience in the industry.

New Public Relations Practitioner of the Year Award Winners
  • 2002 Sara Wacker
  • 2003 Not available
  • 2004 Anne Stephany
  • 2005 Reema Makani
  • 2006 LeAnn Gentry
  • 2007 Sandy Young
  • 2008 Marissa Burns
  • 2009 Amber Strandberg
  • 2010 April Harter
  • 2011 Sarah Rossetto
  • 2012 Mei Ling Starkey
  • 2013 Rachel Hutman
Glen Broom PRSA San Diego Scholarship Award Winners

The Glen Broom PRSA San Diego Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding communications student pursuing a career in public relations at the Chapter’s Holiday Party in December. Award winners receive a $1,500 scholarship, or other amount as designated by the Board of Directors.

Glen Broom Scholarship Award Winners
  • 2001 Jessica Eslinger, San Diego State University
  • 2002 Charity Lacey, San Diego State University
  • 2003 Lorena Nava, San Diego State University
  • 2004 Julia Newman, San Diego State University
  • 2005 Kara Moriarty, San Diego State University
  • 2006 Tammy Lam, San Diego State University
  • 2007 Brittany Rawlings, San Diego State University
  • 2008 Brittany Garrison, San Diego State University
  • 2009 Emily Anderson, San Diego State University
  • 2010 Jemalyn Chavez, San Diego State University
  • 2011 Delanie Billman, San Diego State University

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