Role at MMG: Client Advocate
Ryan’s professional passion: “My dad once told me that if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, and that really holds true for me in the work I do with MMG,” Ryan says. “It is exciting to wake up every morning and work to serve our clients so that they can make a difference serving others.”
I really see what we do as being the servant of the servants.
What drew Ryan to MMG: Ryan knew Jeremy from his time as a teacher at St. James, and after interviews and conversations with MMG leadership, was offered the job. “It is a blessing to work with people who have a heart for service and a desire to always do what is best for our clients. I’ve watched my coworkers go to great lengths to serve our clients, and it’s in those moments, watching them selflessly give of themselves to our clients, that I know I am right where I need to be.”
Favorite part of his role:
I have the privilege of interacting pretty closely with the super users for our clients, and it is always wonderful to serve them.
Ryan says, “I also enjoy helping clients make strategic decisions about how to enhance their system, making sure it’s a good benefit for them.”
What drives Ryan to serve nonprofits: “Nonprofits do so much good for our communities, often caring for those that society has forgotten. We work with clients who do everything from caring for victims of domestic violence to trying to eradicate homelessness,” Ryan says. “To, in some small way, be part of that is pretty exciting. This work is for sure more than just work. I feel as though I have the opportunity to serve others and glorify God.”
Education and career highlights: Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine College. He continued on to retail district management and operations.
Family: Ryan and his wife, Megan, first met as children. “We went to the same daycare as kids, but she played hard to get for 18 years,” he smiles. Their paths crossed again while working at a summer camp for kids at the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Ryan and Megan have a Shih Tzu named Lucy.
Outside MMG: Ryan enjoys coaching freshman and sophomore soccer at a local Catholic high school. He loves being outdoors — especially skiing and anything near the mountains — as well as spending time with family and friends.
Hidden talent: As a teenager, Ryan was his high school’s mascot — he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kansas, and the mascot was Tommy the Saint. “I wore a costume that I could only describe as Jay Leno on steroids with wings!”
A cause Ryan loves: “I’m very passionate about CASA, or Court-Appointed Special Advocates,” he says. “There are so many children in our communities who are in foster care and need a voice. These advocates provide that, and it’s a wonderful nonprofit.”