Community Awards & Recogition
Thom Schulz, 2019
First awarded in 2001, the award is given in recognition of the accomplishments of
a volunteer who has contributed
time and talent generously, working in partnership with Cuesta faculty or staff resulting in an achievement that
might not have happened otherwise. This award is honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon.
Previous Recipients: Howard Carroll (2018), Dee Lacey (2017), Joan Gellert-Sargen (2016), Anneka Scranton
(2015), Jim Merzon (2014), Diane Blakeslee Brocato (2013), Barbara George (2012),
Doug Hilton (2011), Mary Schwartz (2010), Bob Wacker (2009),
Dan and Alberta Deutsche (2008), James P. Sargen (2007), Lorraine Cagliero (2006), John and Berna Dallons (2005),
Gene and Marge Ernst (2004), Jerry and Sandy Boxer (2003), Ken and Gaby Levine (2002), and Jim and Lyn Baker (2001).
Volunteer of the Year Award
Grigger Jones, 2019
First awarded in 1995, this award is given in memory of College Trustee, Betty Nielsen,
considered the epitome
of volunteerism. She served the community and the college unselfishly for many years as an exemplary
volunteer in several capacities.
The award recognizes distinguished volunteer service and the nominee’s exceptional
representation of Cuesta College
and our community. Any community member, board member or college retiree are eligible.
Current and former College administrators, faculty and staff are not eligible.
This award is honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon.
Previous Recipients: Stan and Janice House (2018), Ken and Darlene Kellett (2017), Lyn Baker (2016), Ken
Levine (2015), Pat Renshaw (2014), Betsey Hardie (2013), Steve Ripple (2012), Charlie
Cabassi (2011), Abbie Woodward (2010), Nella Girolo (2009),
Bob Wacker (2008), Gaby Levine (2007), Iris Swisher (2006), Dan and Alberta Deutsche (2005), Betsy Bertrando (2004),
Roxanne Carr (2003), Betty Cousins (2002), Jim Sargen (2001), Victoria Lowrie and Lorraine Cagliero (2000),
George Palmer (1999), Berna Dallons and Nava Davidson (1998), Jay and Yolanda Waddell (1997),
Frances J. Reynolds (1996), GlennaDeane Dovey (1995), Allan Johnson (1994), Harold Miossi (1993),
Mary Howell (1992), Rosemary Maino (1991), Myron Graham (1990), GlennaDeane Dovey (1989),
Calvin and Ruth Gabriel (1988), Jon Jenkins (1987), Gladys Loomis (1986), Emillie Hvolboll (1985), unknown (1984),
unknown (1983), unknown (1982) and Dr. B. R. Bryant (1981).
J. Vard Loomis Award
for Distinguished Board Service
Angela Mitchell, 2018
First awarded in 1998, this award was established to honor the memory of J. Vard Loomis,
Founding President of the
San Luis Obispo County District Board of Trustees who served the college as an elected trustee for 14 years.
The award recognizes distinguished service and exceptional representation of Cuesta
College to the public.
In addition, to recognize the special dedication of members of the Cuesta College Foundation Board of Directors
or the Cuesta College District Board of Trustees. Nominee may be a current or past member of the
Cuesta College Foundation Board of Directors or the Cuesta College Board of Trustees. Former College administrators,
faculty and staff are eligible if they serve in the capacity of a community member on the Foundation Board of Directors
or Cuesta College Board of Trustees. This award is honored at the Annual Presidents’ Luncheon.
Previous Recipients: Iris Swisher (2017), James W. Brabeck (2016), Scott Wall (2015), Patrick Mullen (2014),
Bud Anderson (2013), Roxanne Carr (2012), Bob Wacker (2011), Gaye Galvan and Laurie Sinton (2010),
Dee Lacey (2009), B.R. Bryant and Berna Dallons (2008), Lyn Baker (2007), Ken Levine (2006), Mary Howell (2005),
Charlie Cabassi (2004), Jim Sargen (2003), Don Talley (2002), Myran Graham (2001), Rosemary Maino (2000),
Jon Jenkins (1999) and Frances Reynolds (1998).