Each year the ARCS Light award is given to a member of each ARCS Foundation chapter who has displayed commitment and long-term service at the chapter level. The recipients are honored for serving in board/leadership positions, establishing Scholar funds and collaborating with university partners, chairing special events and recruiting new members, and providing expertise in chapter operations.
2021-2022 San Diego ARCS Light Recipient:
DR. ELLEN G. MOXHAM
Dr. Ellen G. Moxham joined the ARCS San Diego Chapter in 2014 and has served in a variety of positions to support the Chapter’s successful annual operations and continued growth. Dr. Moxham has served on the ARCS Membership, Development, University Relations, Nominating, and Scientist of the Year committees where she has consistently focused on building relationships and developing and implementing innovative solutions to support our Chapter’s goals.
As Vice President of the University Relations Committee, she successfully led initiatives to build relationships with the Chapter’s four academic institutions, Scripps Research, SDSU, UC San Diego and USD and the ARCS Scholars at these institutions. As a member of the Chapter’s Board of Directors, she contributed to the successful pivot into the virtual world during COVID that enabled Chapter members and ARCS scholars to stay connected, as well as present the Chapter’s first virtual Scientist of the Year event attended by viewers from around the country.
In addition to her commitment to ARCS, Dr. Moxham has served in a variety of capacities in various philanthropic organizations in San Diego focusing on programs that address homelessness, mental health, and children’s causes. Her involvement includes Rady Children’s Hospital Charity Ball, where she has served as Chair, the YMCA of San Diego County, where she was awarded their highest tribute, the Golden Triangle Award, The Salvation Army, where she was recognized as a Woman of Dedication in 2021, and the Wednesday Club. Dr. Moxham, a native of Viking, Alberta, Canada is a licensed clinical psychologist and resides in San Diego with her husband Jim Moxham.