“Dr. Ryan epitomizes the rare combination of caring, concern, strength and clear decision making that are the mark of women admired in positions of power today. She is equally at home in the ‘non profit’ and the ‘for profit’ arenas and uses her skills in innovation and leadership to make large and meaningful contributions to both. What always emerges is her deep compassion for those people who are suffering the tortuous route of recovery from disaster and trauma.”
Dr. Merle Friedman, Clinical & Corporate Psychologist
Dr. Ryan backs her words with actions and resources. Never taking for granted her own opportunities in life, she has devoted significant energy, time, financial support and other resources to thinking, making, co-creating and doing projects which empower those who find themselves in distressing or disadvantaged life predicaments.
Dr. Ryan is also is also co-founder and Executive Chair of the Tingari-Silverton Foundation. Foundation funded projects around the world include partnerships with local NGO’s assisting women who suffer fistula and associated grief; numerous microfinance initiatives in East Timor and Haiti; restoration of sight to Vietnamese and Sri Lankans; bringing computers and education to orphaned children in South Africa; and many more projects around the globe. The Tingari-Silverton Foundation initiated and implemented, along with Ernst & Young, the annual Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, now in existence for 10 years. For its collaborative efforts, the Tingari-Silverton Foundation was awarded “Outstanding Foundation of Central Texas” at the 2005 Philanthropy Day Awards.