Meet Travis Dion, Triangle’s New Director of Autism Services
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Travis Dion. I was born in Saco, Maine which is about 45 minutes over the border and one of the larger cities in Southern Maine. Currently I live with my wife, Siri, in Lawrence. We lived in Beverly for quite awhile prior to moving and are hoping to move back to Beverly next fall as we both attended Endicott College and just love that area.
What brought you to Triangle?
The opportunity to start a new program and support a neurodiverse population that has largely been underserved due to the lack of programs that meet their needs and that offer programmatic flexibility and customization. In my personal and professional life, I was seeking growth and a new challenge, and this opportunity to start the Prism Program with Triangle afforded me both.
What is your professional background?
I have a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, but during my time at Endicott I worked with a company called Boston Scholar Athletes (BSA) as an intern. This experience pushed me towards a career in education. After completing my master’s degree in Special Education, I worked at Bridgewell which provided my initial foray into working with a neurodiverse population and subsequently allowed me four great years in their Day Program as a lead staff and Program Director, prior to coming to Triangle.
Who inspires you?
I am a hockey player and played through college, so Patrice Bergeron has always been someone who inspires me, both for his overall consistency and ability as well as his longevity in his career. He is a great role model as he is very active in the community. A bigger inspiration to me is my mother, who has always worked hard and shaped me into the person I am today.
What are your hobbies/activities outside of work?
I enjoy working out, but I need to be more consistent with this. My wife and I spend a lot of time with our families, especially our nieces and nephews, in Southern Maine and the Berkshires. I enjoy hiking and we often try to go to New Hampshire or find trails in our local area. I try not to miss any Boston sports games, particularly the Celtics as I am huge NBA fan.
What was the last TV show/album/movie/book you’ve read that you’d recommend to others?
Musically, I like all varieties, but Riley Green is one of my favorite country artists at the moment. As far as TV shows go, Ted Lasso is a popular pick, and I am sure many have seen it. It is just a wonderfully written show that has a lot of great messages and is extremely funny, and I would strongly suggest it for those who haven’t watched it.