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Merrill Lynch, JAS join forces for anniversary

Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced a new partnership with Merrill Lynch Aspen that will focus on the organization’s 25th-anniversary season.

“I have been part of the Aspen community for 20 years and am very proud to support Jazz Aspen Snowmass. The music, culture and fun they bring to our community is enjoyable for everyone, and I’m glad to be a partner during this 25th-anniversary season,” said Donna Di Ianni, director and senior vice president of Merrill Lynch Aspen, in a statement.

“Merrill Lynch has a long tradition of supporting communities and encouraging employees to give back where they work and live,” said James Horowitz, Jazz Aspen Snowmass president and CEO.

Merrill Lynch provides wealth-management solutions, including banking, investing and retirement strategies.

For more information on Jazz Aspen Snowmass partnerships, events and education programming, visit http://www.jazz

Hospital receives diabetes recognition certificate

Aspen Valley Hospital recently was awarded an American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for its diabetes self-management education program.

The program is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment, according to a hospital statement. The association’s certificate assures that national standards for diabetes self-management education programs are being met.

The standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management, the hospital said.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” said Mary Margaret O’Gara, certified diabetes educator at the hospital. “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will receive high-quality service.”

Architecture firm honored for Carbondale project

Willis Pember Architects Inc. has been recognized for its work on the recently completed Carbondale Branch Library.

The branch was one of seven new libraries recognized in a national review of new library architecture, according to a statement from Willis Pember. An article, “Year in Architecture 2014: Elegant Eclecticism,” was published in Library Journal magazine in November. The featured libraries were from San Francisco, Chicago, Massachusetts, Ohio, South Dakota and Colorado.

The Carbondale Branch Library is a part of the Garfield County Library system and is a full-service community library. The article said that the new 13,000-square-foot building in this “eclectic town of foodies, artists, architects, environmentalists and recreationists” features a reading porch, an outdoor community table, functional art pieces solicited from regional artists and a public blackboard.

Willis Pember also received an American Institute of Architects-Colorado West design award in August in connection with the project.


Fuller joins team at Cornerstone Home Lending

Cornerstone Home Lending Inc. has welcomed Richard Fuller to its Roaring Fork Valley team. He joins Don Ziegler and Valerie Gilliam in the office at 817 Colorado Ave., Suite 102, Glenwood Springs.

A statement by the company said that Fuller comes to Cornerstone with more than 17 years of community banking experience in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Fuller grew up in Gunnison, attended Western State College and earned a degree in business. After furthering his education with a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Montana, Fuller started his professional career with a local bank in 1997.

Fuller recently served as president of a banking branch for 14 years. He can be reached at or 970-945-2008.

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