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.


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.

Honorees - San Diego Chapter

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