Woman Business Owner, Mary Lynn Pannen, Finalist for Crystal Star Award

Congratulations to president & owner of Sound Options, Mary Lynn Pannen RN, BSN, CCM who was one of the top 3 finalists for the Crystal Star Award presented by the Association of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) in 2014. The AWOB is a community of women who share the experience of owning their own businesses. Their mission is to empower women to achieve higher levels of business success by providing year-round programming focused on education, inspiration and information that is of interest to women business owners. 

Each year they present awards to three categories of women owned businesses who inspire, open doors and make a difference today and tomorrow: 

  • The Crystal Star Award acknowledges the outstanding role a woman has played over the years in enhancing the status of all women business owners through her creative vision, determination, success, and leadership in her business and community. 
  • The Rising Star Award honors a woman entrepreneur who has owned her business for less than five years and is already showing persistence, tenacity, and leadership to make a difference in her business and community. 
  • The Shining Star Award, new for 2014, recognizes a current AWOB member and business woman who contributes to the mission and vision of AWOB as well as shining her own entrepreneurial light. 

About Sound Options 

Sound Options was founded in 1989 by Mary Lynn Pannen as a compassion-driven care resource for seniors and others in need. Integrating a whole family approach, Sound Options has a deep respect for clients as well as their loved ones. Committed to balancing care with independence and support with dignity, Sound Options' multidisciplinary approach delivers sound results to clients nationwide. A natural outgrowth of her work as a Registered Nurse (RN) and private consultant for nursing, geriatrics, and medical legal reviews, Mary Lynn based her model for Sound Options on her more than thirty-five years of hands-on experience working with patients and families. Originally founded as a Geriatric Care Management service, by 1990, Sound Options had grown into one of the premier resources for corporate clients looking to include care options as part of their employee benefit package. In 1999, Sound Options formally launched WorkLife, a program designed to help companies promote stables families and a productive workplace through support, education, and access to in-depth, customized telephone consultations. In 2005, Sound Options expanded its reach by adding In-Home Care and Elite Live-In Careto our list of services. Designed specifically to address the daily needs of our clients living in the Puget Sound area,In-Home Care and Elite Live-In Care are comprehensive services that work directly with families and their loved ones to customize successful, productive plans of care.

Through our Care Management and In-Home Care, Sound Options successfully serves individuals and their families, disabled adults, the geriatric population, and professionals such as attorneys and trust officers who are responsible for the care of adults and chronically ill children. In addition, we draw from years of experience with EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs) based in the greater Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue to develop customized solutions that support workplace groups. Our support typically takes the form of an Eldercare Coaching Program or other customized telephone consultation and referral system.


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? … And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~ Quote from Marianne Williamson.


Published on May 16, 2014.