President & State Director
Ryan serves as the President and State Director of Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, and works in partnership with state and local elected officials, as well as community and business leaders to support and sustain services aimed at improving education across Pennsylvania. Prior to his current role, he was the Vice President for Development and Marketing at Easter Seals Serving Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia as well as the Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
Ryan has presented in a variety of forums on higher education, student leadership, fundraising, and government advocacy including The Pennsylvania Congressional Economic Summit, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, the Annual Philadelphia Higher Education Network of Neighborhood Development (PHENND) Conference, Pennsylvania Campus Compact, The Pennsylvania Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. He is a past-President and Board Member of the Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP), Trustee/Founder of The Hill Society. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree from Widener University and completed a cohort policy fellowship with the Education Policy Fellowship Center in Harrisburg, PA.
Director of Operations and Network Quality
Jane Hess is currently the Director of Outreach and Partnerships at Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania. Prior to taking on her current role Jane served as the Executive Director of Communities In Schools Central Pennsylvania affiliate, overseeing Site Coordinators in three school districts and many county wide initiatives. Before coming to Central PA, Jane held a variety of positions in the non-profit and education industries, such as VITA Education Services and The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Jane began her professional career by spending a year working in Japan and learning about the Japanese culture while teaching students English. This experience gave her the insight and sympathy for those who need assistance getting through the daily rigors of life without a full complement of resources at their disposal. Jane was also exceptionally motivated by the year she spent in National Service as an AmeriCorps member serving disadvantaged youth. Jane received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She has successfully completed Leadership Harrisburg and the Communities In Schools Executive Leadership Development Program. She currently lives on a farm in Lancaster, PA with her husband, Jason and their two children. Jane spends much of her free time involved in her children’s school. Her interests include cooking, gardening and the Philadelphia Phillies.