Options board celebrates Bush as CEO marks 35 years at helm _lowres

Photo provided by CHRISTIE GARDNIER -- The Options Board of Directors honored Sylvia Bush for her 35th anniversary as CEO of Options last month. Pictured from left, are Erich Dosch, board secretary and treasurer; Philip Maloney, board member; Christie Gardiner, marketing director; Randy Bracy, board member; John Poteet, past board president; Betsy Creel, board/family power member; Debbie Wells, board/family power member; Jane Terrase, board/family power member; Elizabeth Wagner, board/family power member; Sylvia Bush, CEO; Pam Cantrelle, board president; Janelle Alvis, board/family power member; Terron Edmond, board member; Christina Smith, board member; Matthew Cotton, board member; Steve Leon, business and operations director; Robert Keller, board member; Matthew Alombro, board member; and Wendy Caillouet, financial director.

Sylvia Bush is celebrating 35 years as CEO of Options. She was honored at a December meeting of the Options Board of Directors with an award and a certificate acknowledging her 35 years of commitment to quality care, excellent leadership and service to men and women with disabilities.

“Sylvia is a truly remarkable person. We are so fortunate to have someone with such undying commitment, passion and leadership,” said Pam Cantrelle, Options board president. “Thirty-five years is a huge accomplishment, and we are very thankful for her ongoing, positive impact in the lives of people with disabilities.”

The milestone anniversary also was marked with a slideshow of Bush’s many years at the nonprofit agency and cupcakes. The Options Family Power Group, which includes many board members, topped off the recognition by presenting Bush with a Pandora bracelet, a nice reminder of her anniversary and all of the people who appreciate her, a news release said.

“The Board of Directors really surprised me with everything, and I am deeply grateful. I wouldn’t have made it to 35 years without the steadfast support of our board members and so many others in our community,” Bush said. “We can accomplish amazing things together, and what we have done at Options is proof of that. I have watched people with disabilities grow up before my eyes from taking their first steps to working and earning a paycheck. Options is one big family, and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Bush was also honored during a meeting of the Hammond Rotary Club. To learn more about Options, visit www.options4u.org.