Dennis Ryan and his wife Becca have lived in Marin for 30 years. From a young age, Dennis, who is the CFO of a venture capital firm specializing in health care, enjoyed giving back to his community. In college, he volunteered for a program tutoring autistic children. While pursuing his career in finance and business, Dennis always found time to support local youth and sports activities. He currently serves as Board President of Whistlestop and has been a “Big Brother” for seven years. When a friend introduced him to Buckelew Programs in 2003, Dennis decided to meet with Jay Zlotnick, Buckelew’s Executive Director at the time. Dennis had a close friend whose sister was living with schizophrenia, so he knew about the challenges that families affected by mental illness face.
“After talking with Jay and learning about the great work Buckelew is doing in our community, I felt so inspired by their mission and leadership that soon after, I joined the board.”
Dennis volunteered on Buckelew’s board for nine years, first as Treasurer and later as Board President. About half way through his tenure on the board, he and his wife, Becca, a physical therapist with a passion for gardening and yoga, decided to join Buckelew’s Legacy Society.
“We were fortunate enough to be able to include a financial contribution to charity in our estate plan, and we wanted our gift to have a positive impact on our local community. It makes Becca and I feel so good to know that we will leave something meaningful behind for our community after we are gone. We continue to be inspired by the deep care and compassion of the Buckelew staff, and we know that our legacy gift will be well-managed and make a difference in people’s lives.”