ARCS Light Award Recipients

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.


2023-2024 San Diego ARCS Light Recipient:
Kimberly Miller

Kimberly Miller joined the ARCS San Diego Chapter in 1999 and is an Active member who has consistently contributed throughout the past 25 years.  She has served as ARCS Co-President 2008-2009, Scientist of the Year Chair, Corresponding Secretary, Fund Development, Foundation Giving and many other roles throughout the years.

She is a San Diego native and has been involved in many community activities.  She served as President of the following organizations: The Junior League of San Diego, Inc., San Diego County Dental Hygienists Society, Youth Tennis San Diego, San Diego Bar Auxiliary, The Thursday Club and Mental Health America San Diego County.  She was Chairman of Rady Children’s Hospital Charity Ball and the Mercy Ball.  Kimberly has also always enjoyed being active in her children’s activities and schools.  

Kimberly is a collaborative team player who is energetic, enthusiastic, and always has a smile on her face. She is a proud USC Trojan.  She is also an involved mom, grandmom, and wife, who is athletic and once taught an aerobics class.  In fact, one of our members invited her to join ARCS after taking her class!

Kimberly is kind, thoughtful and has a beautiful heart and soul.  She brings to mind a Maya Angelou quote:  "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  Kimberly has made so many of us feel so special over the years.  Kindness goes a long way.  It is amazing how much effect a simple act of kindness has on someone's life.  
For the past twelve years Kimberly has been an outstanding member as Membership and Corresponding Secretary. Kimberly has demonstrated kindness and heart.  Her notes to members are the best.  She not only reaches out to members in need, but she also visits them in hospitals, nursing homes, brings flowers and takes the time to brighten their days.  It is this kindness and goodness that make her the heart and soul of the ARCS San Diego Chapter!

Honorees - San Diego Chapter

2023-24 Kimberly Miller

2022-23 Holly Heaton

2021-22 Dr. Ellen G. Moxham

2020-21 June Chocheles

2019-20 Helga Moore

2018-19 Peggy Hanley

2017-18 Doris Ellsworth

2016-17 Bobbie Vandervoort

2015-16 Mary Lou Quick

2014-15 Robin Luby

2013-14 Candace Kohl

2012-13 Mary Fitz

2011-12 Diane Chalmers

2010-11 Bea Hadinger

2009-10 Jeanette Foushee

2008-09 Patricia Stewart

2007-08 Jerrie Schmidt

2006-07 Joan Evangelou

2005-06 Marti Panarisi

2004-05 Nancy Bildsoe

2003-04 Connie Adelman

2002-03 Pattie Wellborn

2001-02 Peggy Elliott

2000-01 Karon Luce

1999-00 Mary Jane Bennett

1998-99 Lois Thompson

1997-98 Pat Beck

1996-97 Betty Simm

1995-96 Toni Nickell

1994-95 Karen Bowden

1993-94 Barbara McColl

1992-93 Becki Etess

1991-92 Betty Brayshay

1990-91 Kay Redmond

1989-90 Dottie Georgens

1988-89 Lois Roon

1987-88 Yvonne Larsen

1986-87 Betty Jo Williams

1985-86 Gayle Wilson