Tanya Ryder, M.Ed.

Senior Project Manager, STAR Center
Information, Support and Education

Tanya Ryder joined the STAR Center Team in January 2013. As the Senior Project Manager, she manages the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of STAR Center events, resources, communications and virtual learning. In addition, she provides national technical assistance in youth leadership development and areas related to systems transformation towards recovery and consumer directed approaches.

Tanya provides a variety of experience working with underserved and multicultural communities. Her previous employment in program/project management includes the Department of Family Services for Fairfax County Government, the Hispanic Committee of Virginia and the American Red Cross.

Tanya holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and sociology from Trinity University-Washington and a master's of education in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University.

She is a wife, mother of 2 girls and 4 Boston terriers. Her passions are coffee, reading, running and podcasts. As a person in recovery, her faith and family are her cornerstones.

What do you wish more people knew about NAMI?

NAMI walks the talk. As a staff member living with a mental health condition, I have been extremely supported by my colleagues at NAMI throughout my recovery journey. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to do the work I do and be part of such an extraordinary team.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by every individual who shares their recovery journey story. Recovery is possible but only in communities where peer support allows people to feel and heal together. 

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