A Career Dedicated To Helping Others
Ryan became a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor working with injured workers and helping them return to work. Ryan saw how every dollar invested in return to work efforts increased the tax base for Ohio and improved the quality of life for the workers and their families. She continued to be part of a local university as an adjunct instructor and later as a full-time faculty member. Ryan has championed her students as a teacher and as a Community Engagement Coordinator. Ryan has formalized relationships in the community to prepare graduates by providing real-world experience. She has also worked to increase research on evidence based practices to enhance an individual's independence. As a faculty member teaching many first-generation college students, she has had the opportunity to see how the power of education impacts generational change in families, and stimulates socio-economic mobility.
Ryan was selected to participate in the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Dayton program in 2015. She met many quality high level professionals in the community and learned about regional economics, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and Health and Human Services for the area. Also, that year, Ryan was recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Honoree for her diligent work to create partnerships in the community and, specifically, between Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force base. She has built bridges in Montgomery County to bring microgrants into the community to make goal driving impact.
As an invited founding member of the Montgomery County Drug Coalition, Ryan helped develop materials used throughout the community to provide information on drug and alcohol treatment resources. She obtained college scholarships to be awarded to area high school students as part of an ongoing prevention and education program. She has mentored high school and college students, built homes in Costa Rica with Habitat for Humanity, and helped obtain Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants with Montgomery County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board to expand Mental Health First Aid in Montgomery County.
Ryan has served on the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board, Habitat for Humanity of Dayton Board, United Against Violence Leadership committee, and is a Habitat for Humanity Global Leader.
Values Honed Over a Lifetime
As the oldest child in her family, leadership skills came early for Ryan. She provided a voice for her younger sister, Megan, who had a genetic disability, Mucopploysaccharidosis III. Ryan and Megan were only 13 months apart, and at a young age Ryan learned to advocate for the safe and appropriate treatment of her sister. When the family moved back to her mother's hometown of Vandalia, Ryan changed schools, learned how to adjust and adapt, and used those same skills when her family made a subsequent move to Huber Heights.
Ryan is a third generation resident of the 40th District. Based on her grandfather's recommendation, Ryan became a Rotary Exchange student in high school and lived in Finland for a year learning about different cultures and going to school. Rotary introduced Ryan to a global perspective. After graduating from Northmont High School in Englewood, she attended Wright State University (WSU) where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services. After graduation she continued her work with individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. She then purchased her first home in Englewood. Ryan knew that obtaining a graduate degree would allow her to serve more individuals, so she returned to WSU and obtained her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, Chemical Dependency.
A Family of Servant Leaders
Ryan and her husband Brock are the parents of three children and are very proud of the young adults they are becoming. Servant leadership is the foundation for their family and conversations around the dinner table often include discussions on making the world a better place and being active in the community. The family lives it through being engaged, speaking out for others, and consistently working with efforts that will impact positive change in their community.