Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Ryan has a B.A. in History from Le Moyne College and a M.S. in Education from SUNY Oswego. Ryan worked for the Office of Residence Life and Housing at Oswego, serving as a Graduate Resident Mentor. Following completion of his M.S., Ryan worked as a Retention Counselor at Paul Smith's College, assisting at-risk, probationary, and transfer students. He then continued his work as an Academic Advisor at the Syracuse Campus of Bryant & Stratton College, where he was responsible for coordinating and expanding the First Year Experience (FYE) program. Ryan’s academic advising philosophy centers on proactive academic advising, in order to foster a student’s personal and professional growth.