Ryan was born in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Idaho in 1995 to attend college at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. Ryan received a BA in Mathematics-Education, and taught High School mathematics for 6 years before leaving the state for 3 years to attend training in the United States Air Force. He currently serves as a part-time member of the Idaho Air National Guard. Ryan received his MS in Mathematics-Education from Boise State University. Before becoming a member of the full-time faculty at CWI, he taught as an adjunct instructor at BSU and CWI, as well as teaching online. When not teaching or flying, his hobbies include motorcycle riding, golf, hunting/fishing, basketball, and spending time with his beautiful wife, son, and daughter.