Volunteer – Angel of the Year Award

A Consciousness of Service

The Angel of the Year awards are given each year in recognition of individuals who have consistently offered themselves in service to the University of Santa Monica over a significant period of time. USM’s Angels of the Year are often surprised to be acknowledged for doing something that has become so central to their way of life—answering the call of their spiritual heart.

Sharing the Blessings

Their consistent, joy-filled, enthusiastic, and loving support of USM’s students, fellow volunteers, and the University and its mission is an integral part of the ongoing success and growth of USM’s vibrant educational community.

To the following individuals, we say a heartfelt “Thank you!” We are truly grateful for the ways in which you have shared the best of who you are. The University is blessed, and each one of you is a blessing!

USM Purple Heart Purple Hearts celebrate those Volunteers who have served 5-9 years
USM Gold Heart Gold Hearts celebrate those Volunteers who have served 10+ years

Angel of the Year Awards


1986
David Craven (’87)
Kathy Jeffares (’88)

1987
Steve Small (’87)

1988
Todd Martin (’88)
Ingrid Avallon (’99)
and Ken Thackwell (’89)

1989
Angela Bell (’88)

1990
Michele Moul (’88)

1991
Tom Dyer (’89)
Marianne Sladzinski (’88)

1992
Peggy Bularz (’90)
Michael Mogitz (’88)

1993
John Chabot (’92)
Dean Acheson


1994
Noel Hedges (’89)
Gordon Meredith (’90)

1995
Karen Fox (’94)
Jeffy Gerhard (’92)

1996
Martha Ringer (’88)
Betsy Taylor (’89)

1997
Fay Brown
Myriam Soler (’94)

1998
Don Bukovich (’95)
Merlene Bukovich (’95)

1999
Elyssa Nelson (’97)
Eric Nelson (’95)

2000
Sharon Gist (’90)
Barry Selby (’98)


2001
Horst Wichmann (’92)
Paula Majeski (’98)

2002
Mike Walker (’97)

2003
Linda Humphreys (’00)
Patric Peake (’83)

2004
Lynn Farwell (’06)
Cindy Heistand (’98)

2005
Jim Michael (’99)
Leslie Taylor (’98)

2006
Mike Polek (’00)
Arlene Stepputat (’94)

2007
Lance Macdonald (’02)
Berti Klein (’88)

2008
Cynthia Hamilton (’98)
Burt Blum (’97)


2009
Nancy Staack (’03)
Christopher Connolly (’96)

2010
Chris Gebo (’04)
Kamakshi Hart (’04)

2011
Gina Ryan (’05)
Steve McDonald (’04)

2012
Cynthia Chapman (’05)
Lynn Dickinson (’02)
Clyde Smith (’02)

2013
Audrey Rubin (’97)
Tim Cloutier (’06)

2014
Shelley Ballance Ellis (’02)
Bear Weil (’07)

2015
Collette Pellissier (’08)
Nicholas Brown (’09)


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