Human Options Names New Board Members and Chair - Human Options


Newport Beach, Calif. – Human Options announced Artyn Gardner as incoming Board President at their recent annual meeting at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. Laura Benz, Wendy Peterson, Sherry Bragg and Tamie Rus were named to the board.

Pictured (left to right):

Laura Benz, Artyn Gardner and Wendy Peterson

Gardner is a member of United Way Orange County’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund and a Duke University Alumni serving in various capacities including chairing the San Francisco Bay Area AAAC, member of the Duke Alumni Board from 2006-2010, Financial Aid Initiative Committee and Director of Alumni Affairs Search Committee. She received of the 2011 Charles A. Dukes Award and lives with her husband Max in Irvine.

Laura Benz is a founding member of Orange County’s United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund, past co-chair of OC United Way Loyal Contributor Cabinet, past member of the OC United Way Campaign Cabinet and a six-year member of Human Options’ program committee. Benz is retired from UPS.

Wendy Peterson is the General Counsel for Knobbe Martens in Irvine. Her volunteer efforts include serving as board member of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, member of the Orange County Bar Association and UCI School of Law/General Counsel College.

Sherry Bragg is an attorney with Waldron & Bragg in Newport Beach. She is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, OC Women Lawyers Association, OC Asian American Bar Association, OC Hispanic Bar Association, a fee arbitrator for the OC Bar Association, and a CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Special Advocate).

Tamie Rus is president of Tamie Rus Design, a design firm in Laguna Beach. She is also active with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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