Tanya Ryder, M.Ed.

Project Manager, STAR Center
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Tanya Ryder provides daily management in the planning and implementation of STAR Center events, resources, systems, products and communications.

Tanya's experience with underserved and multicultural communities has included her work with the Department of Family Services for Fairfax County Government, the Hispanic Committee of Virginia and Disaster Services for the American Red Cross.

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

Her passions are her faith and family. As a person in recovery, these 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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