John Thoelke, DDRB Finance Director shared his experience at Dan Bryner’s visitation, which he attended earlier this month. Dan was a consumer of the DDRB’s, his case manager was Judy Naeger. Dan’s brother, Jim was also a former member of the Board. John went to the visitation and experienced a new found respect for the work Case Managers do and Special Olympics.
Seeing Case Management in action, John was able to gain insight on the level of support Case Managers provide to both consumers and families. He noticed the Case Manager is not only there to provide resources and support in the system, but they are also there for emotional support to the family. Dan was also highly involved in Special Olympics and received numerous awards locally, nationally, and internationally. John was able to see how Dan’s involvement in Special Olympics allowed him opportunities to do things that he found fulfilling.