Ranzenhofer honors Millie Tomidy-Pepper as Woman of Distinction


Executive Director of Genesee Mental Health Association receives recognition

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Millie Tomidy-Pepper Tuesday evening as the 2011 Woman of Distinction for the 61st District at the 14th Annual Senate Women of Distinction ceremony, honoring her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

“Without women such as Millie, there would be a huge void in Genesee county.  Her initiative and tireless advocacy has led to the creation and development of so many services at the Mental Health Association in Genesee county.  From the warm line to the place to be social club, these programs have served the needs of the community and have had a positive impact on a countless number of lives,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

“To have an honor such as this bestowed upon me by Senator Ranzenhofer and be included among a group of women that have inspired me and whom I hold in the highest regard has left me speechless.  I owe a great deal of gratitude to the countless women who came before me and worked tirelessly to pave the way so that I could be blessed with opportunities in my life  to do work that I find both meaningful and rewarding,” said Tomidy-Pepper.

Tomidy-Pepper has worked at the Mental Health Association in Genesee county for over 17 years, serving the past ten years as Executive Director, and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of New York State.  During her tenure, she has established numerous support groups and programs, including Trauma Services program, Transportation services, and Mental Illness/Chemical Abuse Services program.

Millie is a contributor to the Community Services Board-Mental Health Subcommittee, Mental Health Court, Crime Victims’ Rights Week Planning Committee, Genesee Veterans Support Network, GCC Human Service Committee and the Genesee Area Personnel Association.  She volunteers at the Batavia Animal Shelter and has traveled to New Orleans four times after Hurricane Katrina to help with rebuilding efforts.

Millie and her husband, David, reside in LeRoy. In her spare time, Millie enjoys spending time with family and participating in outdoor activities, including skiing, kayaking, hiking and flying.

The Women of Distinction program was created in 1998 to honor great New York women.  Past honorees include former movie-star Lucille Ball, 19th century suffragist Katherine Davis and other women accomplished in sciences, academics, business and the arts across New York State.

The Mental Health Association in Genesee county promotes mental wellness through education, advocacy and support for the community thereby improving quality of life and instilling hope.