Ryan is the Mountain Region Wildlife Forest Manager for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, where he has worked for the past 14 years. His primary responsibilities include overseeing and implementing prescribed burning and forest habitat improvement projects on state-owned Game Lands in the mountains of North Carolina. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee holding a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He is an active member and past board member of the NC Prescribed Fire Council, agency representative for the NC Fire Environment Working Group, cooperator in the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network, and CAFMS board member since 2015. Ryan has also participated in conducting several prescribes fire research projects focused on the fire effects in the Southern Appalachians for wildlife habitat improvements and ecological restoration.