Vice President, The Grief Recovery Institute
Ed’s journey to the Grief Recovery Institute ® began after the devastating loss of his 3 year old son, Eddie Ryan, in 2010. After struggling for years with the conflicting feelings and emotions surrounding his son’s death, Ed found the tools needed to begin his recovery using the Grief Recovery Method ® and this helped him heal his broken heart. Recognizing the value of this work, he became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist ® dedicating his life to helping others overcome loss and grief in their lives.
His background includes a BA in Social Science, with a minor in Human Development and a Certificate in Human Services Case Management and Administration. For over 20 years he’s been an instructor, trainer and facilitator teaching a wide range of topics. He also has experience working with at-risk foster children as a behavioral specialist as well as coaching and mentoring youth in our schools. He is also an advocate for children’s safety within his state and at the national level. Ed’s career includes over 23 years of military and law enforcement experience.
Ed retired from the US Air Force (Reserves) as a First Sergeant in 2009 where he was responsible for the health, safety and welfare of service members and their families. During his career he deployed several times; his last deployment was as a First Sergeant to Iraq in 2006. As a law enforcement officer, Ed has worked in agencies at the city, county, State and Federal levels. Ed has a profound passion for helping our military service members, law enforcement, and their families.
Ed currently is the Vice President of the Grief Recovery Institute and is one of the Institute's Certification Trainers. Previous positions held by Ed with the Institute included being the Operations Manager then later the Director of Advanced GRM Training and Programs.