Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
Ryan Riell did double duty as Rotarian of the Day at the November 15, 2018 meeting.  Not only did he highlight November 15 as Great American Smokeout Day (which is also the 10 year, 10 month, 15 day and 2 h anniversary of Ryan’s last cigarette), but he gave his “Who Am I” as part of his Red Badger tasks.  Ryan grew up in Mesa, Arizona, a place that was to be a stopping point on his parents’ journey back to San Diego from Virginia, but ended up being their home.  Ryan majored in Chemistry at Arizona State University and started a PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, but the September 11 attacks changed those plans. He joined the Army and in 2004 accepted a commission before serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom between 2005 and 2006.  After leaving the service, he transferred back to UIC to continue his PhD work, but instead took a master’s in Exercise Physiology. That expertise landed him a position working with the USA Triathlon team back in Arizona, where he met his wife, Kristi. Ryan moved to the San Diego area in 2014 and is now working in real estate. Ryan and Kristi are now proud parents of Adeline Marie, who will turn one year-old in just a few weeks. You might have caught a glimpse of Adeline’s happy smile at our recent social at Americana. Rotary is a family tradition for Ryan- his father was a long-time Rotarian- and he welcomes the opportunity to be a part of Rotary and give back to his community and local area. Ryan is part of the Youth Services Committee and the Vocational Committee, and will be working to update our social media presence to highlight the club’s activities and recruit new members.