Ryan Odland currently works as a Regional Representative for the North Central region with Helen Keller National Center. Ryan previously worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with Minnesota State Services for the Blind. Ryan, who is DeafBlind with Usher Syndrome Type 1, is a proud husband and father of two young children. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master's degree in special education from Gallaudet University. Ryan is working towards his second master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. As a board member, Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand perspective on accessibility, community resources, and vocational rehabilitation. He strives to advocate for deaf-blind awareness and program development at local, state, and national levels.
“[A] board is not the only platform, but one of many mediums, to present your concerns, ideas and recommendations towards enhancing programs and services for all. That is why I am here to support MNCDHH with its initiatives and to create new opportunities alongside with Minnesota DeafBlind community.” ~ Ryan Odland