The Outstanding Staff awards are chosen by nominations received by the Awards Committee from all faculty, staff, and students at VIMS. They are awarded in the categories of Facilities/Safety/Trades, Technical Support, and Administrative Support.
The winner of the 2020 Outstanding Employee for Administrative Support is Denise Berry.
Denise has been the backbone of VIMS Accounts Payable for more than 30 years, and often her dedication and hard work goes unnoticed. A dependable, reliable employee, she is responsible for ensuring that our payment vouchers are processed quickly, even if she has to come in early or stay late in the evenings to get it done. Her work ethic is impeccable. She keeps our vendors happy and the lights on for us all.
Denise’s vast knowledge of regulations and guidelines is also an extremely valuable resource. She is always available to assist with any questions and concerns.
Along with her undeniable talents, Denise is a pleasure to work with. When it’s time to be serious and concentrate on the tasks at hand, she’s serious and concentrates. But when it’s time for personal interactions, everyone around her benefits. It’s highly unfortunate that everyone at VIMS cannot be around her on a day-to-day basis. Her infectious personality, smile (even while masked!), and laugh can brighten any situation. In the high stress and busy office settings of Watermen’s Hall, just a few minutes in Denise’s company can make everything OK. A happy workplace is a productive workplace—Denise represents the epitome of this concept. She is long-deserving of being honored for her contributions to VIMS administrative operations.