The Dream Team: Together Again
Take a moment to look at this team.
These are some photos of our staff. They are also photos of
determination, tenacity, and compassion.
We met - in person - as a team recently. It's the first time many of us have been together since March 2020, when Covid shifted our priorities and changed our perspectives. This team has worked tirelessly, has survived some tremendous heartache, witnessed extraordinary kindness, and has (finally!) come together again to learn and grow together.
Thank you for supporting us over the last two years.
We're proud of our work and enjoyed being together again!
Callie Moore: Appointed to the ACC Human Relations Commission
Callie Moore has been appointed to a 4-year term on the new Athens Clarke County Human Relations Commission. The purpose of the HRC is to provide a communication bridge between the Mayor and ACC Commissioners and the community. Callie and the 15 other members will work to combat discrimination and increase inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging throughout Athens-Clarke County. Callie has a gift and love for this kind of work and feels blessed to be have the opportunity to serve her Athens community.
Welcome New Board Members!
Dr. Stephen McGarity is an Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work and Vice-Chair of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Tennessee. His research focuses on poverty, financial inclusion, and legislation for people with disabilities. He also teaches graduate classes on nonprofit development, policy analysis, and research methods. Dr. McGarity has a long history with Georgia Options and started as a direct care worker in 2011. He has also served as a support coordinator and a member of the Georgia Options Human Rights Committee. His experiences as a direct care worker and support coordinator were instrumental in his decision to earn his Ph.D. and commit to a lifelong journey of researching barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in society. Dr. McGarity currently resides in Athens with his wife and two sons.
Trish Butcher is an attorney, native Athenian, and, most importantly, a mom. She attended UGA (Go Dawgs!) and Emory Law School. After having her son Max, Trish realized just how important comprehensive Estate Planning is and how outdated most of the traditional legal options are. After a 6-month master course, Trish became a certified Personal Family Lawyer® and created a better option for Georgia families - Arch Legacy Firm. She specializes in working with families with minor children and Special Needs Trusts. Trish loves supporting her community and also serves on the Board of BrightPaths Athens and Georgia Special Needs Alliance. She is an active member of both the Oconee and Athens Chambers of Commerce.
Georgia Options remains the ONLY organization in Georgia that exists solely to support adults with developmental disabilities to live in their own homes and have typical life experiences, regardless of the severity of their disability. Our culture supports a model of self-determination. Our model is in high demand. Recently, we added Fulton, DeKalb, Forsyth and Hall counties to our growing community. With your support, we can continue growing across the state and ensure all have access to independent living.
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