With an M.A. in Human Ecology and teaching degree from the University of Hawaii, Ryan is also a licensed 50 ton USCG captain. He has been certified as an EMT, licensed as a Realtor, credentialed as a secondary education teacher, certified as a Maui County life guard, and sailed over 11,000 blue water miles. He captained 6,000 of those miles and has owned four sailboats. Ryan visited over 100 countries before the age of 30, was awarded by the Maui News a “A Person who Makes a Difference,” worked on the United States Senate floor under the vice president, and coordinated a youth conference in conjunction with the United Nations which brought over 700 youth from 102 countries to Oahu to create action plans to lead the world into to a better future. He is a former Rotarian, board member of the Hawaii Environmental Education Association, and currently sits on the board of the Haiku Community Association. He written articles and published photographs in the international magazine FOAM, recorded a music CD, and is currently editing a documentary film he shot and edited while sailing across the Caribbean.