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Pete Stroo recently joined DJ’s Steakhouse as executive chef.

A Pueblo native, Stroo is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program.

"Pete’s breadth of culinary knowledge and experience, coupled with his passion for excellence, are a tremendous asset to the restaurant’s operation," the restaurant said in a statement.

Stroo's culinary career began at La Renaissance restaurant. He later worked on the culinary team at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

DJ's Steakhouse is at 4289 N. Elizabeth St.

 

Shannon Baker recently was named mission coordinator for the Pueblo Economic Development Corp. to assist with website management, social media, event planning and communications. She previously worked for six years as event coordinator for the Pueblo Country Club.

 

HONORS

Dr. Robert N. Alsever recently was awarded the Volunteer Clinician Community Health Champion Award by the Colorado Community Health Network Public Affairs Committee. He is nominated for the national award.

The award honors clinicians who volunteer their time to serve the needs of the medically underserved.

He was nominated by the Pueblo Community Health Center.

"Dr. Alsever's volunteerism has been to the benefit of hundreds of our patients in need of quality care. The diabetic care we can provide with his specialty expertise is invaluable to our patients and medical staff. We can't thank him enough. I want everyone to also know that he's a lot of fun to work with as well. The staff admires and loves him," PCHC chief executive Donald Moore said in a statement.

Alsever is retired from private practice but maintains clinical privilges at PCHC and Parkview Medical Center. He also currently serves on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Parkview and Diabetes Care Center board of directors. He also participates on the Institutional Review Board for Parkview Medical Center.

Alsever arrived in Pueblo in 1974 and his first volunteer work began at the then-new Southern Colorado Family Residency Program that serves many low-income patients.

During his career, he also has volunteered his time for numerous hospital committees, chaired the area's diabetes task force and served on the board of trustees for St. Mary Corwin Medical Center.

 

Express Employment Professionals of Pueblo was awarded a Circle of Excellence Award at the staffing company's 36th annual international leadership conference in Grapevine, Texas. The award recognizes top performing offices in the Express system. The Pueblo agency also serves the Canon City area.

 

American Family Insurance agency owner Julie Nelson recently was recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the company's American Star Excellence certification program.

 

Bill Morris, co-founder of Blue Star Recyclers, was among the entrepreneurs, businesses and startups from across Colorado recently honored at the third annual PRISM Awards sponsored by the Colorado Institute for Social Impact.

 

NOTES

PCC, Tax Help complete 10th year

Tax Help Colorado this year celebrated its 10th year of teaming with Pueblo Community College students to provide tax filing assistance to families in Pueblo. PCC students take a class in the fall to become IRS-certified and then commit to volunteer at least 30 hours during tax season to help operate the free tax site.

“The Tax Help Colorado program has functioned as a quiet gem on the PCC campus," PCC President Patty Erjavec said in a statement.

Since its inception, 106 student volunteer tax preparers at PCC have helped families file more than 2,100 returns and claim $4.4 million in refunds.

“One thing I can say about the volunteers at the Pueblo Community College tax site is they value quality. Last year they had a 98 percent acceptance rate on their returns, which is the second-highest rate across the state," Tax Help Colorado program manager Courtney O’Reilly said in a statement.

Michele Barnes, a part-time PCC faculty member who serves as the program's on-site coordinator, starting working with the program as a PCC student five years ago. "I could not have imagined five years ago the doors I was opening up when I registered for a class to learn how to do other people's taxes," she said in a statement.

The tax help center offered its final sessions of the current filing season last week.

 

Job search assistance

The Pueblo Workforce Center offers numerous career and job assistance programs on a regular basis.

Walk-in assistance also is available at the center, 212 W. Third St. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Job listings are available at www.connectingcolorado.com.

Among the programs offered:

• Employment Solutions seminars that provide information on current job openings, resume writing and overcoming barriers to finding employment.

• The YouthWorks program assists eligible individuals age 17 to 24 to complete their GED or high school diploma, find employment, go to college or get training.

 

CALENDAR

Thursday

• Pueblo Chamber Business After Hours, 5 p.m., convention center.

 

March 29

• Latino Chamber breakfast, 8 a.m., PCC.

 

April 12

• Youth Employment Expo, 1 to 4 p.m., Pueblo Workforce Center, 212 W. Third St.

 

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