CRYSTAL LAKE — Options & Advocacy for McHenry County has announced the retirement of its longtime executive director and is seeking a new leader to manage the agency that works with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Cindy Sullivan, of Woodstock, has been with Options & Advocacy for 21 years including the last 13 as executive director. Her retirement will be effective Nov. 13, 2020.
Sullivan has worked on behalf of the disabled for more than 35 years and has been an ardent advocate for inclusion, equality and for an increase in support for families of disabled children, said Steve Middaugh, president of Options & Advocacy’s Board of Directors.
Like many parents of children with special needs, Sullivan’s life changed forever after the birth of her daughter Stefanie. Purposely trying to create the best life for her daughter, she learned what services were available and also of the gaps where services and programs should exist.
Her professional path led her from employment with a service provider to participating in the transformation of a new statewide early intervention agency that supported advocacy and the coordination of services.
Options & Advocacy has since grown to become a premier provider of services and supports for individuals and families in McHenry County. Its 32 employees serve more than 1,500 McHenry County families.
“Cindy has been a hero in McHenry County and throughout the state to families for decades and an exceptional leader in the nonprofit and social services communities. She’s adapted to so many changes over the years and been such a positive force who is beloved by her staff and the families whom Options & Advocacy has served,” Middaugh said.
Options & Advocacy’s Board of Directors is seeking individuals who are interested in applying for the executive director position. The position requires a strong sense of community, leadership, and a passion for supporting children, adults and their families, as well as a good sense of humor.
Applicants should have a master’s degree in management or a related field, a minimum of three years of leadership with a nonprofit agency and strong organizational and budget management skills among other
Letters of interest and resumes can be sent to Steve Middaugh at steve.middaugh @edwardjones.com.