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Villanova earns Judiciary’s Distinguished Service honor

Denise Villanova, court administrator of the 2nd Circuit Court’s Court & Operational Support Services Branch, received the Distinguished Service Award. State Judiciary photo

The Maui News

Denise Villanova, court administrator of the 2nd Circuit Court’s Court & Operational Support Services Branch, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the state Judiciary.

She was recognized at an employee awards ceremony Oct. 25.

The award is given annually to employees who have made an outstanding or exceptional contribution to improve the efficiency and operations of the Judiciary in service to the public.

“Denise Villanova has improved court operations in a variety of roles since 1983,” said 2nd Circuit Chief Judge Richard Bissen.

He said she has served as an executive subject matter expert for the Judiciary Information Management Traffic Module, Oracle, Criminal Module, In-Court Processing Module, eReminder and eBench Warrant projects.

“Denise facilitated these implementations through her involvement in system and workflow design, training, and interacting with the public and other criminal justice partners,” Bissen said. “Her contributions have enhanced the standardization of practices between the Circuits and improved efficiency within the Judiciary.”

The Judiciary also recognized retired Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza, Kim Cuadro and Gwyn Matsuda for 35 years of service to the state; Clayton Ogi for 30 years of service; Grace Ganio-Marzan and Dorothea Ripani for 25 years of service; and Joselin Barbosa, Rashawyn DeFrancia, Craig Hirayasu, Sheri Matsumoto, Terri-Ann Ortiz and Charlene Pinheiro for 20 years of service.