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Deb Miller
2013 Business Person of the Year

Deb Miller - Business Leader 2013
(Photo by Pat Roll)

Deb Miller (right) is this year's Fayette Rotary Club Business Leader of the Year recipient.  Presenting the award is Club representative Jim Steele.

Presentation of the award came Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the regular luncheon meeting of the Fayette Rotary Club. The organization has sponsored the annual recognition since 1988, with the recipient chosen by secret ballot of club members. Any business or professional person whose work serves the Fayette area is eligible to be selected.

A native of South St. Louis, Miller in 1980 earned a B.S. degree in early childhood education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A part-time job at Columbia’s Woodhaven Learning Center set the stage for her later career in Howard County.

In 1982 she came to Fayette to start Endless Options, a not-for-profit agency designed to provide choices within the Missouri system for Howard County persons having developmental disabilities.

Miller left Endless Options in 1991 to work at the Emmaus Homes in St. Charles where she gained additional experience and an opportunity to observe the work of non-profit agencies on a larger scale. In 1997 she returned to Fayette to head Endless Options as executive director (now CEO).

Over the years, EO has continued to expand with an eye to providing quality services which change to meet the needs of persons being served. Significant EO programs have included The Attic on the west side of the square, selling second-hand clothing and furniture, and more recently an extensive effort to provide recycling services which now are headquartered in the old hardware building on Cleveland Avenue (Highway 5). -- James H. Steele