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  • PCC announces 2016 Employees of the Year

    2016 Employees of the Year

    PUEBLO – Four Pueblo Community College employees were recognized today as 2016 Employees of the Year for their professional excellence and the way each exemplifies the PCC Promise.

    The recipients were announced during PCC’s Spring Semester Kickoff and Employee Appreciation Breakfast. The honorees and the category they represent are: Gordon Bell, structural trades worker in the facilities department (classified employee); Gerald “Jerry” Davis, history instructor (part-time instructor); Matthew Sterner-Neely, English instructor (faculty); and Caroline Trani, director of the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center (administrative/professional-technical employee).

    “I am proud to work with an outstanding group of colleagues at PCC,” said President Patty Erjavec. “This year we recognize four individuals who exemplify the PCC Promise each day when they enthusiastically work to promote the role and mission of the college and, most importantly, student success. Gordon, Jerry, Matt and Caroline exemplify some of the best!”

    The PCC Promise, a college-wide philosophy, has five components:

    • To always recognize and greet you with a smile.
    • To listen to you.
    • To respond to your needs.
    • To respect and value you.
    • To celebrate your accomplishments and successes.

    Each honoree received a medallion and will have a reserved campus parking space for one year. All will be recognized in Denver by the Colorado Community College System and will have a role in PCC’s commencement ceremony in May.

     

    Employee of the Year bios

    Faculty – Matthew Sterner-Neely
    Matthew Sterner-Neely joined PCC as a part-time instructor in 2012 and has been a faculty member of the English and Communication Department since 2013. He is an advisor for PCC’s President’s Leadership Program and the Thoreau-ly Well Read book club; in addition, he has served on several school committees.

    Sterner-Neely previously taught reading, writing and science at local elementary and middle schools.

    He is a Colorado Springs native and served 10 years in the U.S. Army before attending PCC; he earned his associate degree in 2006. He received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a second master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

    Sterner-Neely and his wife, Tiffany, have two children, Tara and Emmett.

     

    Part-time Instructor – Gerald “Jerry” Davis
    Jerry Davis has been a part-time instructor in the History Department at PCC’s Fremont Campus since 2008.

    A native of Illinois, he served in the U.S. Army for 21 years. Davis received his associate degree from Central Texas College and graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a double major in social science and sociology. He earned his master’s degree in history from Regis University.

    Davis also has been instructor of the month and instructor of the year at the Fremont Campus.

    He and his wife, Mieke, have two daughters, Tegan and Brianna.

     

    Administrative/Professional-Technical – Caroline Trani
    Caroline Trani has been the director of the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center since 2007. The center is hosted by PCC as part of its Corporate College.

    In 2016, Trani was the winner of the Pueblo YWCA’s Anna Taussig Professional Achievement Award and the SBDC’s Region VIII Small Business Excellence and Innovation Award. She also was named a Colorado State Star by the SBDC.

    She is a Pueblo native and graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a double major in mass communications and sociology. She received her master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

    She has served on multiple committees at PCC.

    Trani and her husband, Travis, are parents to a daughter, Kylie.

     

    Classified – Gordon Bell
    Gordon Bell began working at PCC’s Fremont Campus in 2002 as part of the grounds and nursery team. Since 2014, he has been a Structural Trades II worker in Facility Services.

    The Salida native previously worked in timber management for the U.S. Forest Service and also has a background as a vocational teacher and landscaper. He received his associate degree and welding certificate from Colorado Mountain College and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Lewis College.

    Bell is a member of three PCC committees and twice has been named a Shining Star (PCC’s employee of the month award).

    He is married to Marsha and has three children, Heather, Jesse and Jaden.

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