Local 479 Welcomes Millicent Pedersen
During the first week of June the staff at Local 479 bid a fond farewell to receptionist Kaleitha Thomas as she pursues her long term career goals down in sunny Florida. For nearly 3 years Kaleitha was the smiling face and friendly voice greeting visitors to the local, becoming an integral member of the staff with duties over and above routing telephone calls and guests.
Finding a suitable replacement for Kaleitha presented a challenge, according to Office Manager Jennifer Hutchins:
“We knew that we had big shoes to fill when finding someone to take over for Kaleitha. She has always gone above and beyond as a receptionist – she was the glue holding the office together. Millicent Pedersen gave that same vibe as soon as we met her. She is enthusiastic, smart, and has that same cheery disposition that Kaleitha was famous for.
Millicent’s great attitude and ability to quickly learn, along with Kaleitha’s insistence on giving her a full week’s training, means that we have selected the ideal person to fill the position of receptionist. The entire Local 479 staff will miss Kaleitha greatly, but we are so proud and happy for her as she moves on to the next chapter of her life and career in Florida.”
Atlanta born and raised, Millicent Pedersen’s first brush with the entertainment industry was as an extra on the set of the feature film The Fighting Temptations, which shot in Atlanta in 2002 (pre-incentives). While she found the film-making experience exciting, her true love was singing and she has since participated in the performing arts programs of both Clayton and Henry counties. When it came time to attend college Millicent was awarded a voice scholarship to Clayton State University, with a minor in English. She is also conversant in American Sign Language!
After graduation Millicent pursued an internship with Rainbow House, a well-regarded Clayton County non-profit which provides shelter for children ages 13 to 17 who have been removed from their home by the court system. During her internship Millicent helped provide victim assistance and worked in the advocacy center on behalf of families.
Millicent loves working with people face to face and looks forward to meeting and providing assistance to our membership in the coming years.