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Denise Okuda
Denise Okuda
Birth name: Denise Lynn Tathwell
Gender: Female
Roles: Scenic Artist and Video Coordinator, Movie and TOS renastered performer, Star Trek author
You may be looking for Denise Okuda (Starfleet) or D. Okuda.

Denise "Neezee" Lynn Okuda lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Michael and their dogs, Molly and Tranya.

Under her maiden name Denise Tathwell she appeared as an Enterprise crewmember in the recreation deck scenes in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. [1]

She was co-author of the Star Trek Encyclopedia and video supervisor and scenic artist on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Generations.

In 2007, Denise and Michael Okuda were hired as video supervisor and scenic designer, respectively, for a planned zombie series co-created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens entitled Alive. John Billingsley and Gary Graham were set to star on this series, planned to debut in the summer or fall of 2008. However, the series was never made. [2]

She has served together with her husband as producer on the remastered Original Series, which started in 2006. Okuda also appeared in several episodes as additional extra, who was brought into the new digital remastered scenes. She, again with her husband and now in the role of consultant, is currently serving on the follow-up remastered The Next Generation series project that started in 2012.

Apart from her work on Star Trek, Denise Okuda has also worked as "Computer and Video Supervisor" on the television series Threshold (1995), the television movie The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998) and the special edition video release Buckaroo Banzai Declassified (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension – with several other Trek alumni including Gregory Jein, Mark Stetson, Christopher Lloyd, and Robert Ito, among others) (1984, 2002).

Originally a trained nurse by profession, Denise Tathwell, prior her marriage to Mike Okuda and her involvement with Star Trek has worked in that capacity in a hospital in Orange County, CA., where she met and befriended Debbie Mirek, the future collaborator on the Chronology and Encyclopedia. [3]

Uncredited Star Trek appearances

Origins as fan

Under her maiden name, Denise Okuda has written a short story, "A Battle Won", where, tying in with TNG: "The Battle", Jean-Luc Picard finds something in his trunk from the USS Stargazer that he is able to share with Beverly, and Wesley Crusher. The story was published in the June 1988 issue of the fanzine NCC-1701-D. [4]

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