Brian, a.k.a. B-dubs, is an amazing coworker and moreover a close friend. I don’t want to inflate his ego, but it should be said that he is one of the most integral people working at Visions. He works magic with the kids that are fortunate enough to receive his counseling. He’s always striving to be better at his job and keeps everyone on their toes with his wit and wisdom. If he was as good at golf as he is at his job, he’d be on the PGA tour leaderboard every weekend. – Daniel Dewey
Brian is unbelievably good at what he does. I hear from parents and alumni all the time who are eternally grateful for his compassion and dedication to the process. He is a true professional and a great friend. He is also the Undisputed Ping Pong Champion of Visions, having turned away countless challengers. – Patrick Schettler
Brian is the American all-star of Visions. He can handle anything and is always there to smooth out a problem. – Heather Colligan
My first recollection of Brian was as a Program Aid. Brian was always the first to raise his hand to volunteer for interesting jobs and extra shifts. Brian is the first to help and the last to leave. – John Lieberman
Brian Wildason, lead counselor, and mentor to staff is a life changer. In addition to being Amanda’s work husband (Chris has John, so it works out), he is truly one of the driving forces behind our program. He has an incredible ability to intuitively know what the clients and the staff need within moments of speaking to them. He has been a leader in creating new programming, the first to adjust to the electronic charting system and overall has helped Visions maintain the highest level of integrity when it comes to providing what we say we provide: the best treatment for adolescents and their families. Brian has helped change the lives of so many clients. By putting their needs above all else, he provides the steady, positive influence that so many of our clients need when they’re in treatment. Brian also remembers to make sure the kids are having fun, which is so critical to adolescent treatment. Thank you, Brian, for all you do. We appreciate it more than you know. – Amanda and Chris Shumow
Read on for Brian’s answers to the usual series of silly questions behind these anniversary blogs
1: What inspires you to do what you do?
Remembering when I was a lost teenager and not knowing where to turn. I try and offer support and encouragement for struggling teens and families.
2: You are always of service, what do you do to ensure self-care?
Sit on the porch with my dog and enjoy the silence. Golf and cigars is always good also.
3: If you could say one thing calm a frightened parent, what would it be?
I wish there was something to say to make it better, I think offering a kind smile goes along way. Also I think its important to remind parents to Breathe…repeat….repeat… You are not alone, there is hope
4: Mountains, Desert, or Beach?
Got a go with beach…unless its Vegas then desert
5: “Cake or death?” Just kidding. Cake or Pie?
Pie (Warm Pecan with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or hot apple pie with a slice of American cheese.
6: Do you play any musical instruments?
7: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Professional bull rider or a clown
8: If you were stranded on an island, what 3 books would HAVE to have with you?
Ummmmm…”Fishing for Dummies,” “How to Build a Sailboat in 30 days or Less,” and Sun Tzu’s – “Art of War.”
9: If you were a Sesame Street character, who would you be?
10: Why do you choose to work for Visions?
The commitment and passion of the staff towards helping families heal. We are pretty much a family helping other families.