Dan Ryan has been an active member of the Board of Trustees for the last five years, contributing thoughtful ideas and solutions to help take Mianus River Gorge to the next level. Although Dan had always interacted with the Gorge through its trails and outdoor activities, he more recently learned of the depth and quality of its scientific research and education programs.
Dan appreciates that Mianus River Gorge Preserve is a place where the public can experience first-hand the old-growth hemlock forest, evidence of past geological activity, including the gorge itself, and that it’s a place of respite for people to enjoy.
What interests and motivates Dan most as a board member is the huge potential he sees to continue to grow the organization and further integrate with the broader community. He is impressed by the Gorge’s evolution from protection of one asset to completion of many more acquisitions and its excellent reputation in the scientific community. Dan believes awareness is starting to build and that capturing the excitement is paramount to growing.
At the same time, Dan is a busy father of a growing family in Bedford and a director at Heidrick & Struggles. He says he doesn’t golf because he’s “a horrible golfer,” but he does enjoy skiing in the winter and fly fishing in the summer in Vermont. Dan also collects old cars—not necessarily valuable old cars, just old.