Ryan grew-up in San Dimas – having moved here with his parents when he was one – and attended local schools, making honor roll in high school before graduating. He went on to earn three Associates Degrees from Citrus College, a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of La Verne, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California.
Growing up, Ryan watched his parents work hard as small business owners to provide the best life they could for him and his siblings. At a very young age, Ryan discovered a calling to fight for what is right, combat wrongdoing, and defend those who could not defend themselves. Ryan decided to make this calling his career by becoming a Deputy Sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2005. He joined a “Tradition of Service” and achieved the rank of Sergeant after 6 years on the Department. He is currently assigned to the Audit & Accountability Bureau as well as the Department’s Crisis Negotiations Team. His experience includes assignments in custody, patrol, administrative, and specialized units.
After watching crime increase across California, and in San Dimas, Ryan asked to be appointed to the city’s Public Safety Commission. It was because of his strong background in public safety, exemplary work ethic, and can-do attitude that the city council unanimously approved his appointment. Since joining the Public Safety Commission in 2015 Ryan has, with the help of his colleagues, brought Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to San Dimas which taught over 60 citizens, so far, in the community to prepare for a natural or man-made disaster. After earning the trust of his colleagues on the commission, Ryan was recently appointed to Vice-Chair.
Ryan recently married his best friend, Dr. Nicole Vienna, and they both reside in San Dimas. Ryan and Nicole have a small business in San Dimas, Vienna Psychological Group, Inc., where their collective vision is to change the landscape of mental health service delivery improving quality of life and promoting safer communities. They both enjoy running, scuba diving, collecting challenge coins, traveling, spending time with family, and participating in a friendly rivalry between Ryan’s USC Trojans and Nicole’s Arizona Wildcats.
Ryan is a member of the following professional associations:
-Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA)
-Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
-International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
-Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
-California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN)
-International Law Enforcement Auditor Association (ILEAA)
-Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)