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Board & Staff

​Options is made up of a diverse board and a small but mighty team.

Options is always looking for new board members. Please contact Mary Stack at mary@optionsoutreach.com

Board of Directors

Directors

President - Stacey Hamdan
Vice President - Sherry Dumont
Secretary - Heather Chandler
Treasurer - James Larkin

Chris Mahar
Tina Learmonth
Victoria Scott

Judy Wityszyn

Taylor Devlin

Bruce Allison

Stephanie Davidson

Bionca Bastarache

Staff Members

Executive Director
Mary Stack

Mary brings to the table 20 years of professional and diverse employment experiences, including work both at the New Brunswick Community College and the University of New Brunswick, as well as being the co-founder of The Saint John Multicultural and Newcomer Resource Centre.  Over the last several years, she’s been focused on employment counselling, management, communications, culture, and human resources.  Mary is a life-long learner; she has a Bachelor of Arts (psych/soc double major) and certificates in Human Resources Management and Teaching English as a 2nd Language from UNB and a diploma in Business Information Technology Specialist from NBCC.  Most recently, she achieved the Chartered Professionals of Human Resources designation and, for fun, she continues to try to master a second language….sometimes working on French, sometimes Mandarin and most recently ASL.  Mary’s had opportunities to travel extensively, but Saint John has always been her home and she has strong ties and interests in the community.

Office Coordinator
Crystal Shields

Crystal has diplomas in Accounting and Payroll Administration from Eastern College and Make Up Artistry from Blanche MacDonald Centre. Crystal is a dedicated employee who has over 20 years experience in office administration with four years focusing in medical office administration. She has a great working knowledge of the Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Crystal is a Certified Resume Strategist and can help with building your resume, drafting cover letters, preparing for interviews and other communications. She knows some basic American Sign Language, has studied Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is always looking for new courses and seminars for her professional development.
Here at Options Crystal works as an Office Coordinator who is creative, reliable and compassionate. In her spare time she enjoys camping, dancing and swimming.

Employment Counsellor
Lindsay Kane

Lindsay has a Bachelor of Arts and Education (with a major in Psychology) from the University of New Brunswick Saint John. After graduating, Lindsay spent a few years teaching in the public school system then joined the Department of Social Development as a pre-employment case manager.

She returned to the classroom 3 years later, and now finds herself excited to join the Options team! Her diverse work experience has given her the tools and knowledge she needs in order to help clients identify their skills, and provide the support, guidance and resources they need to reach their employment goals.

Whether it’s searching for that first job, preparing for your next interview, or applying for post secondary education to kick off your career, Lindsay is approachable and eager to work with you!

When she is not in the office you can find Lindsay creating artwork at home, spending time outside hiking, kayaking, camping and soaking up the sun on an uptown patio.

Employment Counsellor
Kendra Bonner

Kendra has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick. Born and raised in Saint John, Kendra’s travels led her to Alberta for several years where she worked as an Employment Counsellor for a non-profit organization, providing one-on-one employment support to individuals with disabilities. Kendra brings with her a wealth of knowledge, tools and experience in helping others recognize their talents and foster their strengths in the workplace. She offers assistance with skill development, post-secondary/training, job search strategies, online applications, and on-going job maintenance support. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention, and Psychological First Aid. Kendra is approachable, optimistic, and enjoys meeting new clients and seeing them discover their potential. She is very passionate about her career and will always go the extra mile to help her clients succeed. Outside of work, Kendra enjoys quality time with family and friends, travelling, and volunteering in the community.