Man & Woman of the Year

Stay tuned for updates about the 77th Man & Woman of the Year!


76th Man & Woman of the Year


Congratulations to our 76th Man & Woman of the Year,
David Boyd and Jelinda DeVorzon!


David Boyd and Jelinda DeVorzon are the 76th Man & Woman of the Year and were honored on September 4, 2019 at the Coral Casino. Click the picture to learn more about the recipients at

In the video above, Kathleen Baushke, Executive Director of Transition House; Ron Werft, President & CEO of Cottage Health; Barbara Tellefson, Director of Operations & President of the Board at the Unity Shoppe, share their thoughts and deep respect for David Boyd and Jelinda DeVorzon – the 76th Man & Woman of the Year! David and Jelinda also share their shock on winning the award, and explain why they are committed to volunteer work in our community.

The Man & Woman of the Year Awards honor extraordinary service and voluntarism in Santa Barbara. Past recipients of the award served Santa Barbara and strengthened the community by mentoring children, caring for people in need, responding in time of disaster, and promoting education.

Thank you to all that nominated a Santa Barbara resident whose service represents a meaningful commitment to the community, addressed a real community need or enhanced the quality of life in Santa Barbara, or has involved acts of generosity, kindness, or innovation.

The selection committee, comprised of past recipients, voted on August 14, 2019 and selected David Boyd and Jelinda DeVorzon as the 76th Man & Woman of the Year. Learn more about the recipients at

The Man & Woman of the Year Award honors Santa Barbara residents whose lifetime of volunteer service represents a meaningful commitment to the community; addresses a real community need or enhances the quality of life in Santa Barbara; or has involved acts of generosity, kindness, or innovation, with an emphasis on the accomplishments and achievements that occurred in 2018. Recipients are selected from a wide range of candidates who have been nominated by community members.

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Past Recipients

MAN OF THE YEAR | Harold Chase | L. Stuart Wing | Patrick Maher | Sidney McFarland | Donald Welch | Edwin Welch | James Van Etta | Thomas M. Storke | Warner Edmonds | Duncan MacDougall | Richard Polsky | Dwight Murphy | Francis Price, Sr. | George Castagnola | Charles A. Storke | Edgar Robinson | John Parma | Reuben Irvin | John S. Rathbone | David Siebert | Clark Sargeant | Michael Lemus | Russell Bell | Louis Lancaster | H.O. Koefod | John Timmons | Arnold Jacquemain | John Rickard | Courtney Monsen | Elmer Shirrell | Stanley Lowry | Leonard Kummer | Milton Weinstein | Selmer O. Wake | Bruce O’Neal | Charles Stearns | Hildahl Burtness | Charles Panoyan | George Adams | Jerry Harwin | Donald Phillips | Ralph McNall | Richard Arbagey | David Shiffman | Wallace Drew | Sid Smith | Larry Crandell | Virgil Cordano | David Medina | Donald Anderson | Gil Garcia | Cliff Lambert | Michael Towbes | Robert Kallman | Eli Luria | Palmer Jackson | Pierre Claeyssens | Stanley Bartlett | Peter MacDougall | George Bliss | Bob Bryant | David Anderson | Marshall Rose | James Hurley, Jr. | Richard Welch | Stephen M. Hicks | David L. Peri | Robert J. Emmons | Clifford W. Sponsel | Ken Saxon | Bill Cirone | Steve Lyons | Ed Birch | Jon Clark | Ernesto Paredes | David Boyd

WOMAN OF THE YEAR | Pearl Chase | Katherine Meeker Gray | Lotte Lehmann | Etta Glahn | Grace Meeker Lloyd | Alice Schott | Julia Forbes | Mary Perry | Sylvia Griffiths | Ardis Sloan Bryant | Deborah Pelissero | Winnie Lancaster | Ida Cordero | Lucy McReynolds | Annette Slavin | Yvonne Jordan | Emily Davis | Ada Schick Wing | Gertrude Calden | Mary Jo Miles | Anita Mackey | Eleanor Wright | Betty Rosness | Carolyn E. Ferguson | Lorraine Hoelscher | Louise Lowry Davis | Betty M. Groebli | Sheridah Porter | Lura Dolas | Alice Rypins | Mildred Pinheiro | Helen Pedotti | Barbara Tellefson | Vie Obern | Shirley Ann Hurley | Jeanne Graffy | Mary Standlee | Penny Jenkins | Cally Brennand | Gail Towbes | Patricia Dillon Bliss | Jean Schuyler |  Joanne Rapp | Jan Severson | Carnzu A. Clark | Sue Adams | Nancyann Failing | Leslie Ridley-Tree | Susan Miles Gulbransen | Léni Fé Bland | Patricia Caldwell Dow | Carol Doane | Maryan Schall | Jane Habermann | Gerd Jordano | Patricia MacFarlane | Anne Smith Towbes | Carol Palladini | Vicki Hazard | Janet Garufis | Joni Meisel | Jelinda DeVorzon