Well done!

Esther BrilliantEach issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have earned special recognition. We want to hear about employees who have earned kudos on the job as well as those being recognized for their work or volunteerism outside the office.

Tell us who we should recognize in our “Well done!” column by emailing the eScoop editor.

She’s a winner

Esther Brilliant (at right) from the Pima County Public Defender's Office was among those selected Dec. 2 as a Tucson 40 under 40 winner. The awards are presented each year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to honor those under the age of 40 making a difference in their community.

Library staff lauded for ‘On the Streets’ program 

Matt Landon and Meggin Kitterman, with the help of their library services manager, Kate DeMeester, started a monthly program for folks experiencing homelessness that takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Staff bring in experts to share tips and information and each meeting includes a meal. In a Dec. 30 Arizona Daily Star feature on the “On the Streets” program, DeMeester said the outreach already has reduced the friction that sometimes pops up between staff and patrons. The program also was one of seven library programs singled out by the American Library Association.

Read the Star story here.

Brandon DiLorenzo

Dipping for a good cause

Around the County they diced onions, pureed tomatoes and spared no jalapeño. Then they broke out the tortilla chips and dipped to their hearts content.

When the last bit of salsa was scooped, Branden DiLorenzo (at right), a Data Center applications supervisor in the Information Technology Department, stood tall. His mango salsa was declared the best salsa in Pima County at the first-ever ECAP Salsa Challenge Dec. 19 at the Main Library.

DeLorenzo took home a golden molcajete and certificate for his winning mango salsa. Running close behind were salsa entries from Monica Dennis, Procurement; Sharon Macias, Community Services; and Kimberly Marsh, Transportation. 

Judging the tasty entries were Arnold Palacios, Community Services director; Jeff Petrovic, vice president of philanthropy with United Way; and local chef Yeni Weeks.

A great volunteer

Lend a Hand Senior Assistance named Jenn Cabrera, senior special staff assistant in Supervisor Sharon Bronson’s District 3 office, their Volunteer of the Month. 

Cabrera asked the organization if they needed help sending Christmas cards to their clients.  She and other volunteers ended up writing two holiday cards for each client, which were mailed one week apart.  The age range of the volunteers was 3 to 68.  

“Thanks so much to Jenn and her family and friends,” wrote Patricia Gehlen with Lend a Hand. “This was a great idea and hard work.  The clients are going to love the cards!”
Dustin Williams (left) and Matt Stamp

An award-winning photo

Matt Stamp (at far right with his boss, Pima County Schools Superintendent Dustin Williams), won a Merit Award from the Arizona School Public Relations Association for a photo he took of a kindergarten graduate. Stamp is the communications director in the Office of the Pima County School Superintendent.

The Arizona School Public Relations Association is a professional organization that provides support to educators involved in school public relations, as well as professional development activities for school public relations specialists.

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