Maui Economic Opportunity’s Lana‘i Branch Manager Rose Jane Ancheta and Transportation Dispatcher Leinaala Tuifua have been named Employees of the Month for June and July, respectively.
Rose, who has been the face of MEO for the last year and a half on Lana‘i, “loves her community and goes over and beyond to serve her people,” said Nani Duvauchelle, one of two individuals to nominate Rose.
She is out in the community, driving clients to their doctor, dentist or physical therapy appointments, delivering food door to door if necessary and helping residents fill out rental assistance applications, said Nani.
“Rose has shown the Lanai community how much of an asset she is,” said Rose’s other nominator, Transportation Director Patty Copperfield. “She is always willing to assist.
“She does so much for our agency with a smile and so much joy.”
Leinaala has been a dispatcher since Dec. 6, 2021. It is a difficult job, directing drivers to clients in need of rides and serving as a communication conduit between the driver and office.
“She is the most kind and respectful person I know,” said her nominator, who remained anonymous.
For being named Employee of the Month, Rose and Leinaala each earned a $150 check and an extra vacation day. They were honored at MEO’s General Staff meetings on July 28 and Aug. 25, respectively. Nani and Patty split $50 as Rose’s nominator.