The Werner-VonderHaar-Bogart (WVB) Award is the highest honor that the Cincinnati PRSA Chapter can bestow upon a member. It is given to a member to recognize service to the Chapter, the community, the  profession and the Society.

The award is named after William Werner, Edward VonderHaar and Judith Bogart, three public relations leaders who served as presidents of the Cincinnati chapter and later served as PRSA national presidents.

Judges look for candidates who have demonstrated service to the chapter, the community, the society and the profession. Award recipients have demonstrated achievement in at least three of the four service areas.

Nominations for the 2019 WVB Award are now being accepted! Visit the WVB Award Nomination page to learn more about Award criteria, the selection process, and to submit your nomination! The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, September 25 at 11:59 p.m.


Cincinnati PRSA would like to extend the heartiest of CONGRATULATIONS! to Jonathan Kissell, APR, this year's Werner-VonderHaar-Bogart Award winner. Often considered a lifetime achievement award, the WVB Award is the highest honor offered by the Cincinnati Chapter of PRSA. It recognizes a public relations professional who has made significant contributions in four key areas: the community, chapter, profession and PRSA.

Jonathan was honored at the 2018 Blacksmith Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 15.

Jonathan is an award-winning public relations professional, with communications experience in corporate, nonprofit and educational settings. He has served Cincinnati PRSA since 2007, and in pretty much every role imaginable: president, ethics director, finance director, membership director and new professionals chair.

In addition to his role as customer experience manager at Rumpke Waste & Recycling -- a newly-created role in which he leads Rumpke's digital communications team -- Jonathan is a part-time faculty member at Miami University. He currently teaches a capstone course in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, during which students prepare full-scale communications plans for nonprofit organizations.

He is most proud of his accomplishments with the EB Hope Foundation, for which he serves as president. Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare genetic skin disease characterized by extremely fragile skin and recurrent blisters that result from minor friction. Two of Jonathan's nephews suffer from the disease. His family started the EB Hope Foundation to raise awareness and funds to support EB patients and their families.

Even with all his professional and personal commitments, Jonathan was gracious enough to answer a few questions about his career for Cincinnati PRSA. See what he had to say in our PR Visions article, Spotlight on a Super Star: An Interview with WVB Award Winner, Jonathan Kissell, APR.

2018 - Jonathan Kissell, APR

2017 - Lauren Doyle, APR

2016 - Carrie Phillippi, APR

2015 - Rob Pasquinucci, APR

2014 - Chris Kemper, APR

2013 - Debbie Copeland-Bloom, APR

2012 – Gail Myers, APR

2011 - Jackie Reau

2008 - Kevin Dugan

2006 - Mike Boehmer, APR

2005 - Debra DeCourcy, APR

2002 - Peter Hollister

2001 - Rick Miller, APR

2000 - Patricia Trubow,

1999 - Elizabeth Charlton, APR

1998 - Linnea Lose, APR

1997 - Claudia McKee

1996 - Lauren Green-Caldwell, APR

1995 - Tom Schick, APR, Fellow PRSA

1994 - Lauralee Sawyer

1991 - William Brewer, APR

1990 - Rick Pender

1989 - Daniel Ransohoff

1988 - Claudia Harrod

1987 - Lyla Haggard

1986 - Lee Oberlag, APR

1985 - Elizabeth Stilz Mills

1984 - Pat KellIson

1983 - Mary Bates

1981 - Betty Blake

1980 - Ted Bushelman

1979 - Ronald Lustick

1978 - Daniel Pinger

1977 - Charles Carey

1976 - Judith Bogart, APR, Fellow PRSA

1975 - Bruce Stoecklin

1974 - Robert Stewart