Millbrae Employee Spotlight: Denise Vennarucci
“My job is to make people happy, and I love doing that,” said Denise Vennarucci, Senior Office Assistant in the City of Millbrae’s Recreation Department.
For more than 30 years, Denise has been a valued staff member, helping ensure the Department’s dozens of adult programs, youth sports, and child activities have the resources and support they need to run smoothly.
Denise is a Senior Office Assistant, but like most Millbrae staff, she often steps out of her official role to help people who visit her office each day register for classes and answer questions they have regarding recreation programs.
“I’ve seen it all over the years. That institutional knowledge is important when helping residents and my colleagues in City Hall,” said Denise. “We work with a variety of people, from children to adults to seniors, on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes it’s easy to get them what they want. Other times it requires doing work on their behalf to find out what’s really going on and giving them options to resolve their problem.”
In the week following the Community Center fire last year, Denise was one of many who worked furiously to find alternative locations for the hundreds of people whose classes and events were scheduled to take place at the Center.
“It would be an understatement to say the fire hurt recreation services. It destroyed the place we held almost all of our programs and services. We immediately knew what had to be done. We stepped up and put in the extra hours to find new spaces for the programs and events we had scheduled,” said Denise. “But it was more than just us. Everyone in City Hall and in the community came together to support the Department and those who were displaced. The fire really showed me why the City of Millbrae is such a great place to work.”
Throughout her 30 years with the City, Denise Vennarucci has been a true public servant whose work ethic and customer devotion has brought joy to numerous people. Thank you Denise for helping enrich the lives of those who live in our community and making Millbrae a great place to live.