Becca is a Portland native, with brief sojourns for school to Seattle and Corvallis. Ryan hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but was drawn to the Pacific Northwest when he chose the University of Portland for college. Becca completed her undergraduate degree at Oregon State University, then ventured to Seattle University to complete her master’s degree. After working at Bellevue College, Becca found a job at the University of Portland, where she met Ryan. Ryan had worked in the non-profit world prior to returning to his alma mater to work in academic advising, supporting the associate dean. Becca joined the advising staff with a focus on health professions. After such serendipitous job choices, they found each other, and were married in June 2018 by Mother Sara Fischer, who served as an associate at Grace Memorial in the early 2000s.
Becca grew up as a member St. John’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukie, where Father Dick Toll was her rector for many years. Becca and Ryan believe they’ve found their new church home here at Grace and appreciate the connections of Grace to their past church homes.
Ryan and Becca enjoy the Oregon Coast (where they celebrated their first anniversary), as well as the many adventures the Pacific Northwest offers. However, as you can see from the photograph, Disney is where they celebrate the joy of the “happiest place on earth.”