On May 10th, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudon and the YWCA Orange County hosted the 25th Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement. The event honored 6 outstanding women – all from different fields, and all making a huge impact in their communities.
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson is committed to providing every girl with role models they can look up. We hope that in hearing the stories of these inspiring women that they may find the confidence they need to succeed. We are thankful for women like Master Sergeant Messenger who is committed to getting the job done while leading with empathy, and pioneers like Darcie Miller who’s willing to step up and tackle challenges.
MSG MaryKay Messenger is a Newburgh, New York native and well-know soloist throughout the Hudson Valley region performing Classical, Broadway, Jazz and Popular music. She is the premier vocalist for the United States Military Academy Band, West Point, NY and first sang with them in 1980, at the age of 12, singing for the season finale 1812 concert.
MaryKay joined the Army in 1996. MaryKay is often highlighted in Army football halftime shows, and performs for many official functions at West Point and in New York City for distinguished guests, politicians and international dignitaries. She was promoted to Master Sergeant in 2010.
She has sung at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Yankee Stadium. She has traveled the world, from all over Europe to China, where she became the first American military vocalist to perform with the People’s Liberation Army. She sang “God Bless America” at the 2010 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., and at the World Series. Other notable performances include World Championship Boxing, the Bruce Springsteen “Stand Up for Heroes” concert, and numerous performances at games for New York teams including the Mets, Giants, Knicks, and Yankees.
She received her degree in Business Management from Mount Saint Mary College and studied voice with Walter Blazer from Manhattan School of Music. MSG Messenger
resides in Milton, NY with her husband David and daughters Emma and Grace.
Darcie Miller, is the Commissioner at the Orange County Dept. of Social Services and the Orange County Dept. of Mental Health, a position she’s held since 2016. Prior she serves as the Commissioner for the Dept. of Mental Health for 3 years, Deputy Commissioner for 7 years, and has been part of the county’s mental health team for more than a decade.
As Commissioner, Ms. Miller oversees Orange County’s planning, development, and coordination of services of a wide range of social welfare programs under the divisions of Human Services, Economic Independence, mental health, developmental disabilities, and chemical dependency.
Never one to shy away from a challenge or an opportunity, Commissioner Miller has had administrative responsibility for leading the development and assisting in facilitating a Sex Offender Community Management Task Force, Orange County Middletown Court Connection Project, serving as the Principal Investigator for the Children’s Mental Health Initiative System of Care, Mental Health Juvenile Justice Projects, and participating in bringing evidence based initiatives to Orange County. She serves on many local and statewide committees.
Commissioner Miller received her Masters in Social Work and her Bachelors of Science degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to coming to Orange County in 2001, she served as a staff social worker and rape crisis coordinator in Niagara County, NY. In addition to holding down a very demanding position as Commissioner, Darcie and her husband James Ferraro are parents to his son, Matthew, and their daughter, Angelina, and son, Anthony.