As project manager of the Research and Clinical Innovation department at OSF Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Nina Bush leads teams in developing and deploying cutting-edge research and innovation in the healthcare setting. In one recent project, she directed the team that launched a pioneering concussion program for local athletes, then trained coaches and parents on its use. She is also co-investigator for the University of Ill-inois College of Medicine at Peoria’s IRB-approved study on cancer research.
A 2013 recipient of Bradley University’s Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership, Bush is now an adjunct professor in the program. She is a committed member of Peoria’s downtown Rotary chapter, where she works to recruit new members, volunteers at events and serves as a reading mentor for second-graders. She is also leading a group of members to bring back the international Rotary Youth Exchange program.
Bush is active with Women in Leadership of Central Illinois and at Connect Church, where she is a group leader for the Connect Kids program for fourth- and fifth-grade girls. As vice president of education for Peoria’s Riverfront Toastmasters, she recently took home numerous awards in the district’s International Speech Contest.
A volunteer for the American Red Cross disaster relief program since 2013, Bush is a current member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria. She has been a representative to the National Catholic Youth Conference and is a past member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Society of Physics Students, Catholic Diocese of Chicago Youth Leader Board and the Catholic Diocese of Peoria’s Green Committee.
In addition to receiving IPMR’s 2015 Take the First Step Award for promoting healthy living and wellness, she recently completed a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. She is also the proud mother of a three-old-son, Noah. iBi