Jared Meade brings more than 16 years of public relations experience – with an emphasis on the healthcare and education sectors – to his current roles as founder and principal of Rayne Strategy Group and as manager of Public and Media Relations for Owens Community College. Located in Perrysburg, Ohio, Owens is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education serving the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on multiple campuses throughout Northwest Ohio.
Prior to Owens, Jared served as Media/Communications Specialist for ProMedica Health System, an 11-hospital health system serving 27 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. His responsibilities at ProMedica included media relations for three of the hospitals within the system: Bay Park Community Hospital, Flower Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital. This included all internal communications for Toledo Children’s Hospital, the second-largest hospital within ProMedica.
In addition to his role as a director for the East Central District of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), he is the immediate past president of the Northwest Ohio PRSA chapter, the founding member and former president of the public relations alumni chapter at Eastern Michigan University, where he was named the chapter’s Alumnus of the Year in 2009, a PRSA Independent Practitioners Alliance Executive Committee member, a member of the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Public Relations and a member of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), the PRCA PR and Communication Council and the PRCA COVID-19 Taskforce. He is also currently serving as the Media Chair for the Toledo-Lucas County Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. Previously he served as a board member for the Children's Theatre Workshop, a nonprofit that provides theatrical training for Toledo-area youth.
Most recently, he received the Gold Hermes Creative Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) in 2018.
Meade earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He earned his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2018.