The David Besst Award is presented to an individual and/or organization that has made a significant contribution in family caregiving. The award honors not only the awardees but also David Besst, who untiringly worked to establish resources and respite for family caregivers.

David Besst Award Recipients

The 2021 award recipient is Anika Robinson. Congratulations.

The 2020 recipient is Jane Gerlica. Jane worked for the Banner Alzheimer Institute and was instrumental is creating the Tempe Memory Cafe.

Jane Gerlica accepts David Besst Award



  • Embodies the spirit of caregiving
  • Promotes the rights of caregivers through advocacy and education
  • Promotes and supports the cause of caregiving throughout Arizona
  • Upholds and reflects the mission and vision of the Arizona Caregiver Coalition
  • Demonstrates the ability to collaborate with partners in the community to further the cause of caregiving using best practices
  • Must be an Arizona resident


Nominations are due at the beginning of each year and a selection will be made in February. Honorees will be recognized with a plaque at the Family Caregiver Day at the Arizona Capitol.

About David Besst

David Besst had a very successful 25 year career in the business community. Mr. Besst was introduced to caregiving through an aging parent. His experience caring for both of his parents over a 10 year span inspired him to go back to school, where he earned a degree in the Gerontology Program at Phoenix College in 2005.  After serving a five month practicum/internship with the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, Mr. Besst started a position as the Caregiver Programs Specialist for the State of Arizona in the Division of Aging and Adult Services. He also served as Aging Programs Manager and Team Lead for Home and Community Based Services.

He was often considered a maverick in his field and a system change for family caregivers, ADRC’s, and the Lifespan Respite Programs including respite vouchers programs.

From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Besst provided leadership to a sub-committee of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging that developed and launched the Arizona Caregiver Coalition (ACC) in May of 2008.  The ACC is based on C.A.R.E., an acronym based on Collaboration, Advocacy, Respite, and Education.

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