Meet Bryan Bode, RN, our Wellness Coordinator. He is responsible for our health and wellness initiatives in Pioneer Center’s developmental disability programs. We asked him five questions so you can get to know and love him just as much as we do!
What is your background? Where do you come from?
I was born and raised in Crystal Lake. I attended Northern Illinois University. It was there I received my training and knowledge to become a registered nurse. I am married to my wife, Kristen, who volunteers at Pioneer Center teaching Tai Chi.
What draws you to social services and/or developmental disability services?
In the past I volunteered at a catholic church and was introduced to the social service agencies. I saw a need and wanted to make a difference. I was a Direct Support Professional (DSP) for ten years and a nurse for six years for the developmental disability area. I enjoy every day watching clients strive to be their best.
What’s rockin’ your world this month?
It’s fall, my favorite time of year. I enjoy watching the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks. Job related I’m focused on primary health prevention for our clients—like teeth brushing and preparing for the cold.
Who inspires you?
My family, especially my mom and wife. They have been through a lot with a great positive attitude getting through it all. Bigger than life I would say Eunice Shriver Kennedy and her nationalizing the Special Olympics movement.
Tell us something personal about yourself.
I am an animal lover. I have a cat named Charlie and a hospital trained therapy dog named Madison.