Risa Richardson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Public Relations Society of America East Central District (PRSA ECD)
announced today that the Thoroughbred Chapter is the winner of the 2023 PRominent Chapter Award.
The Thoroughbred Chapter represents public relations professionals from Lexington and surrounding
counties. Founded in 1957, the organization is one of two in Kentucky and its membership includes a
number of regionally and nationally recognized practitioners.

The PRominent Award was established by PRSA ECD in 2021. The district represents 16 chapters in
Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Western and Northwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Nominees for the award were required to demonstrate excellence in diversity and inclusion initiatives,
membership outreach, community service and professional development programming.
The Thoroughbred Chapter is one of two in Kentucky and was one of five chapters in the district to
receive the special recognition. The Lexington Chapter received special recognition for their
programming and support for area college students seeking to enter the public relations profession. The
chapter holds annual networking sessions and mentoring sessions and offers discounted memberships
for students in the Public Relations Student Society of America chapters at area colleges including the
University of Kentucky, Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University.

“We are honored to congratulate the Thoroughbred Chapter for their achievement in public relations
excellence,” said Kaylin Staten, PRSA ECD’s 2023 Chair.

Tina Bryson, president of the Thoroughbred Chapter’s board of directors, credited the work of leaders and
members who volunteer their time to support the chapter.

“I am grateful for the communications professionals that contribute so much to make our local chapter
and board a huge success,” said Bryson, who leads the communications team at Christian Appalachian
Project. “We are committed to providing engaging programming for our members, while also prioritizing
DEI initiatives and investing in students pursuing a career in our profession.”