At the Los Angeles County Commission for Women’s annual “Woman of the Year” luncheon, Supervisor Antonovich honored 5th District residents Judy Cooperman and Joan Schmidt Clayton, two women who epitomize the theme: “Educating, Motivating, and Inspiring Women.”
A longtime Antelope Valley resident, Judy Cooperberg is Supervisor Antonovich’s appointee to the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission and Executive Director of Antelope Valley Services for Mental Health. Last year, she launched a successful training program to train Antelope Valley law enforcement officers how to conduct mental health intervention and communication.
Judy is also a private consultant, national lecturer, published writer and poet. She is the author of Beyond Twilight, A Poetic Odyssey, which chronicles her personal battle with mental illness.
Judy recently developed “Operation Healthy Homecoming” to serve homeless and at-risk veteran families. They have served more than 450 veterans to date. She is also a member of the Antelope Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Oasis Domestic Violence Council.
She has received numerous recognitions, including induction to the 1990 Governor’s Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities and the 2013 Jeannette Rankin Award from the League of Women Voters, Antelope Valley. She was also recently inducted as an Honorary Commander at Edwards Air Force Base.
A longtime resident of Monrovia, Joan Schmidt Clayton graduated from Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, New York and was an educator and influential member of the Monrovia/Arcadia/Duarte Town Council for many years.
She is also a longtime journalist, having written for several papers including the City News, Monrovia Arcadia Weekly, San Gabriel Examiner; and most recently the Mountain View News where she continues to contribute regularly. She has been honored with the State Assembly District Woman of the Year award and the Duarte Community Service Award.