Chair of the Board Emeritus

Rear Admiral June Ryan, USCG (RET)

Rear Admiral June Ryan is a motivational speaker, Success Trainer, and coach, drawing upon her 35 years of military service and formal certification in the Success Principles – Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want To Be®, by Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul®.

During her career, June was a trailblazer, achieving many historical firsts for women – including the first enlisted woman in the Coast Guard to rise to the rank of Rear Admiral, the first woman to serve as the Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the third woman in our nation’s history to serve as the Military Aide to the President of the United States. She served in a wide variety of leadership roles including five command positions; two aboard Coast Guard cutters, three regional units ashore; including Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District (Great Lakes Region) that spanned 8 states and a 1,500-mile international maritime border. June holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from the University of South Florida.

Her personal military awards include the CG Distinguished Service Award, two Defense Superior Service Medals, three Legion of Merits, and six Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals among others. She wears the Presidential Service Badge, the Secretary of Homeland Security Service Badge, the Advanced Boat Force Operations pin, and Coast Guard Cutterman pin.

When not speaking or volunteering, June enjoys spending time with her husband of 30+ years and their high school-aged daughter.

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