Ellen S. Platt, MEd, CRC, CCM

President/Certified Care Manager

Ms. Platt is founder and owner of The Option Group, LLC.  She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Care Manager, and a Certified Aging LifeCare Manager, with a span of over 30 years providing care management, advocacy, placement and case coordination services to those with catastrophic injury, chronic diseases and disabilities, as well as those that are aging and navigating longevity.

Under her leadership, The Option Group has been a trailblazer in the senior industry, by collaborating with other leaders to provide high quality, high skilled services that help families navigate very complex situations.  The Option Group will be rolling out several large, innovative programs over the next two years to address the needs of our clients and allow them to live the richest, most functional lives possible, keeping safety, comfort and dignity in mind.

Bob Pearce

Director of Strategic Planning

Bob Pearce brings over 20 years of business operations experience from a range of services in the healthcare field, including home health, home care, medical staffing and adult day.  Specializing in strategy implementation and financial management, his focus is uniting diverse teams to deliver class leading services to clients and their families.

Michele Gillum

Vice President of Operations

I started working for Ellen Platt at The Option Group in 2012 on a part-time basis. As the business grew, I soon transitioned to a full-time employee and now I am currently Vice President of Operations. I have been very blessed to not only witness, but be a small part of the incredible growth of The Option Group and know this is only the beginning.

Before starting with The Option Group, I worked several years doing Inside Sales prior to starting my own business as a Medical Transcriptionist. This allowed me the flexibility to work at home while raising my two kids and to volunteer more at Church and School. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, and playing games.

The Option Group Team truly cares about our clients and goes the extra mile to provide excellent services. Our opportunities to help more families should continue to grow as Ellen’s vision for the company further expands. I enjoy working with such a talented, smart, and energetic business woman; moreover, I am excited to continue this journey with her and this fantastic Team!

Stacy Alcide, RN
Certified Care Manager

My name is Stacy Alcide and I have been a nurse care manager with The Option Group for over 4 years. Most of my 22 years of nursing experience has been dedicated to caring for seniors with a large part of that in the long-term care field. The Option Group has a very experienced team each with their own diverse background in healthcare which makes collaborating a joy. My favorite thing about working here is no two days are alike. I enjoy working with our clients and assisting them with their individualized needs.

Diana (DeeDee) Bycoffe, RN
Nurse Care Manager

My name is Diana (DeeDee) Bycoffe. I am a nurse care manager and I have been with The Option Group since January of 2020. I really enjoy working with the population that we do. I find it very rewarding when I can help families work on long term plans, help them sort through feelings that they have about a loved one who needs different choices, and then help them carry these things through.

I have been a nurse for 25 years and have done many things including cardiology, interventional radiology, ER, surgical intensive care unit and for the last 10 years or so I was a home care nurse case manager. I know if I don’t have the answer, I will find it for you.

Lynn Huntley
Care Management Associate

My name is Lynn Huntley. I am a compassionate Care Manager Associate at The Option Group, where I have worked since November 2018. I have extensive experience in counseling, educating and advocating for a diverse population to promote independence and improved quality of life.

Samantha Morelock
Care Management Associate

Samantha Morelock has been a part of The Option Group team for over 3 years. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling, with a concentration in marriage and family therapy.  Her past clinical experience includes working with at-risk families doing both individual and family counseling.  In her current position as a Care Management Associate, Samantha has gained valuable experience working with seniors, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with dementia.  Samantha is passionate about preserving the dignity in every individual and is proud to be an advocate for each client’s care.

Katie Schmitz, RN
Certified Nurse Care Manager

Katie Schmitz RN has been a certified nurse case manager for over 30 years.  Her prior hospital experience was in rehabilitation.  Over the last 8 years Ms. Schmitz had work predominantly with catastrophic care coordination for multi-trauma injury diagnoses covering a 5 states territory that borders Maryland.

Ms. Schmitz has worked on Option Group assignments for several years and since August 2019 has been a full time member of the team.

Jackie Tangires, LCSW
Certified Care Manager

Jackie Tangires has been employed with The Option Group for two and a half years and has earned her Certification in Case Management and has become a member of the Aging Life Care Association.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Maryland with over 30 years of experience in different areas of health care.  She has been employed in hospitals in Maryland as well as other states to include Michigan, Washington State and Hawaii.  Prior to The Option Group, she was with University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Health where she provided Medical Case Management services and discharge planning services for orthopedic, neurological, and oncology patients.  She belongs to the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a member of NASW, (National Association of Social Workers).

Jackie enjoys her job at The Option Group because of the positive environment and the countless opportunities for growth.

Michelle Tillman
Administrative Assistant

Michelle Tillman is an Administrative Assistant for The Option Group, having been with our company since 2016. She has a professional background in education, having taught arts and special needs students of all ages, as well as assisting in the offices of the Maryland public school system. Michelle values the enthusiasm and dedication of the entire Option Group staff as they strive to help families navigate life’s challenges.

Patti Vogl, MSW, LSW
Care Manager

Patti Vogl is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of PA, with over 35 years of experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from Grove City College in PA and her master’s degree from Temple University in PA.

Prior to joining The Option Group, Patti worked in hospice management and consulting and in private practice as a Grief Counselor. She is also is a Certified Funeral Celebrant. Patti has also worked in the field of planning for and supporting those with Intellectual Disabilities, and as a hospital Case Manager and a home health Social Worker. She enjoys working with clients and helping them to plan and access resources and to find hope in their situation, whatever their circumstances. She is excited to be bringing her skills to The Option Group as part of this innovative, energetic, and compassionate team.

In her spare time, Patti enjoys hiking, cooking, playing tennis, and spending time with her family, and helping out with various programs at her church.

Noel White
Community Outreach Liaison

My name is Noel White and I am the Community Outreach Liaison. I joined The Option Group in February, 2020. A graduate of Towson University, I have spent the bulk of my professional career working for The Chimes, Inc, The American Lung Association of Maryland, and in sales and management for home health equipment and pharmaceutical companies. I am pleased to bring my experience to Ellen’s growing team and assist with connecting our message of expertise, professional resourcefulness, care and hope to the community we are committed and honored to serve.

I am married to Pastor Lisa Arrington, and have two wonderful adult children.

Giving Seniors the Options They Deserve

Serving residents in Maryland and southern Pennsylvania

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