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Amsler, Coulter named M/WOY

Greg Amsler and Nancy Coulter earn nods as 2009 SCV Man and Woman of the Year

Posted: May 13, 2009 3:11 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Left to right, SCV Woman of the Year Nancy Coulter, Scott Wilk, Jr., Jackie Bick, SCV Man of the Year Greg Amsler and Ed Masterson. Coulter and Amsler hold proclamations signed by local legislators and presented by the three legislative aids.

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Bill Lively crooned the classic standard “It Had to Be You” as 15 Santa Clarita Valley Woman of the Year nominees stood nervously and smiled, clutching their nomination plaques. Suddenly the lyrics changed and Lively sang “Nancy Coulter, it had to be you” as he reached for Coulter to bring her out of the crowd of nominees to the front of the stage in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Valencia.

It was a clever way to announce the winner of the 2009 SCV Woman of the Year to the nearly 300 guests who attended the awards banquet.

“I thought Bill was just singing a nice little song before we had dinner and was singing along with him, swaying to the music. I just didn’t get it when he announced it. I actually thought he got the words wrong and was thinking ‘he got ’em mixed up.’ After he said it again, I turned to the person next to me and said, ‘What did he say just now, what was that?’” Coulter said. “I was definitely stunned. Then, happiness, joy and humility set in. Wow, all for doing something I love to do. What a thrill.”

Days after Coulter was named the 2009 SCV Woman of the Year she said she was still “on cloud nine.”

“What a sensational evening. It was one I’ll never forget. Everyone has been telling me I looked so surprised — and I was,” she said. “That was an impressive group of nominees and I was really just thrilled to be included.”

Coulter earned her nomination for her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society.

Minutes after Coulter stood at the front of the stage as the audience stood and applauded her selection Lively repeated his performance of “It Had to Be You” with the eight nominees for 2009 SCV Man of the Year.

Greg Amsler soon found himself standing at the front of the stage, stunned, as he was named 2009 SCV Man of the Year — and earned his own enthusiastic standing ovation.

“Look around this room, I see all the people that have won or been nominated, it’s amazing. It’s an honor to be nominated and you don’t expect to win when you have people like Wayne Crawford or a Craig Peters or a Rick Patterson, or everyone else who was nominated this year. You look at those people and say, ‘Why am I here?’ It’s mind boggling. I don’t know how you’d be ready for this even if you thought you were going to win,” Amsler said.

Amsler was nominated by the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation for his volunteer work with the fundraising arm of the community hospital.

Other nominees for SCV Woman of the Year and the nominating organizations included: Jane Bettencourt-Soto, Betty Ferguson Foundation; Gigi Bost, SCV Committee on Aging; Mary Ann Colf, SCV Rotary Club, Peggy Edwards, Zonta Club of SCV; Tamara Gurney, Providence Health & Services Foundation; Jorja Harris, Domestic Violence Center; Janice Hoskinson, Child & Family Center; Marlee Lauffer, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital; Janice Murray, Boys & Girls Club of SCV; Lynne Plambeck, SCOPE; Donna Schmidt, Santa Clarita Elks Lodge; Julie Sturgeon, Betty Ferguson Foundation; Stephanie Weiss, ACTION and Dora Zavala, Soroptimists International of Greater SCV.

Other nominees for SCV Man of the Year and the nominating organizations included: Chris Ball, SCV Rotary Club; Kerry Carmody, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Wayne Crawford, Carousel Ranch, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital; Rick Patterson, Hart Facilities Foundation, SCV Committee on Aging, Craig Peters, Boys & Girls Club of SCV, Tom Schmidt, Santa Clarita Elks Lodge and Steve Sturgeon, Child & Family Center.

Coulter, of Canyon Country, has volunteered as the President of the SCV Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society for three years, served on the L.A. Regional council for five years, Relay for Life for 10 years, Cancer Princess team seven years and is past chairwoman of Daffodil Days. She has served on the SCV Chamber of Commerce health committee and served as co-chairwoman of the Health and Wellness Fair. In addition her record of service includes two years as present of the Philanthropic Educational Organization and she has been a volunteer for Jaycees Toys for Tots, Crawford/Fleming Golf Tournament and the Boys & Girls Club of SCV Festival of Trees.

Amsler’s record of service includes service as board chairman of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial health Foundation 2003-2006; executive committee chairman 2008-2009; board development 2000-2009 and capital campaign committee 2003-2005. Other boards and volunteer activities include two years as co-chairman with wife Chell of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV annual auction and eight years on the Boys & Girls Club of SCV Foundation, six years on the advisory board of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer and five years on the advisory board of the Child & Family Center. Amsler has also served on the board of the SCV Chamber of Commerce and as an assistant coach (2000 to present) for Wm. S. Hart baseball and AYSO soccer.

Carl Goldman, 2008 Man of the Year and Judy Penman, 2008 Woman of the Year served as emcees for the evening and, as is customary, chaired the event which is hosted by the SCV Man and Woman of the Year Committee made up of all past SCV Man and Woman of the Year winners.

The committee selects each year’s winners from individuals nominated by SCV nonprofits.

Criteria for selecting each year’s winners includes volunteer efforts, years of service, number of organizations served and in-kind or financial donations.

Amsler and Coulter will be eligible to donate the net proceeds of the awards banquet to nonprofits of their choosing.

Past SCV Man and Woman of the Year include a host of civic, business and nonprofit leaders including: Don and Cheri Fleming, Gary Condie, Jeri Seratti-Goldman, Tom Lee, Frank and Charlotte Kleeman, Duane Harte, Pat Willett, Bob Kellar, Laurene Weste, Joyce Carson, Chuck and Ruth Clark, Pat and Sheldon Allen, Rita and Lou Garasi, Clyde Smyth, Ed Bolden, Rev. Sam Dixon, Jo Anne Darcy, Ruth Newhall, Tony Newhall and others.

The event began in 1964 as SCV Man of the Year. The award for SCV Woman of the Year was added in 1971.
For more information and a complete list of past winners visit


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