The Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced the winners of their quarterly Business Star Awards. The businesses and individuals were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life for Santa Barbara.
Business Woman. This award is made to a chamber businesswoman, who through her actions is a role model for the local community. (Betty Hatch Award) Nikki Katz, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Founder and Program Director, brings 17 years of social work experience to the organization. She began her career by studying criminology and sociology, and then worked as a residential counselor in a group home facility for juveniles on probation. She has worked with a full range of people in need, from young kids to disabled teenagers and elderly cancer patients, whom she trained as a volunteer at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club. In addition to her volunteer work and five-year stint as executive director of the Foundation, Nikki has served on the Committee for the Children’s Miracle Network and has worked closely with Hugs For Cubs and the Santa Barbara Foresters baseball team. She established the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation in 2002. Past winners have been: Renee Grubb, Karen Chackel, and Phyllis de Picciotto.