Ryan has appeared in Wired Magazine and has also been featured in Daily Voice & The Marin Independent Journal. As Newport Institute’s Director of Education, she often speaks to her experience as an educator in relation to mental health issues like depression and anxiety, as well as and how that is coupled with treating substance abuse disorders, depression and anxiety in young people. She also provides insightful advice on tools that for young adults dealing struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse struggles issues can use to help them on their path to success.
Ryan has been a leader in the academic community throughout her career and has a proven track record for successful academic program development, staff recruitment, and administration oversight. She has previously served in leadership roles at Tamalpais Union High School District and Novato (California) Unified School District. Colleagues describe her as ‘the type of educator who can adapt to any situation’ and she has been praised for her innovative solutions in the most challenging situations. Outside of her role at Newport, Ryan is an active member of various community organizations working to develop intervention programs for young adults and teens.
Advice I Would Give My 20-Something Self
Remember that we are all doing the best we can with what we have and the tools we have been given, so don’t be so hard on yourself or others. Give energy and power to your strengths to overcome your weaknesses and to those people that build you up and make you stronger.