Our Lady of the Sound has a new Executive Director

Rossanna A. Ryan

After an extensive national search, the Richard and Maude Foundation has selected Rossanna Aranibar Ryan to serve as the founding Executive Director of Our Lady of the Sound, our new faith-based initiative in Western Washington. Rossanna is a multicultural business leader with 20 years of executive positions in the technology industry including Sony and Microsoft. Inspired by the growing startup community in Washington, she moved from Silicon Valley to Bellevue.

Her spiritual journey goes back to her hometown in Peru where she grew up in a multifaith family from Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Indigenous roots. Her grandmother was an active member of the Legion of Mary, and her mother, a Protestant, converted to Catholicism after having several dreams of the Lady of Sorrows.

“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to build on the Ferry family’s strong belief in the power of Mary’s mantle and her love for Washington. Building a Marian sacred place that welcomes people from all walks of life into an encounter with God is not only the right thing to do as disciples of Christ, but it’s also urgent. Again and again, and especially inspired by my pilgrimage’s holy sites, Mary has shown me that no matter how far you are from your faith, she will always be there for you. It is time for the Pacific Northwest to experience the transformative power of our Blessed Mother.”
– Rossanna Ryan

“In the years that Rossanna has been a parishioner at St. Joseph, she has put to use a variety of her God-given abilities, including serving as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and as a bilingual Advocate for the Seattle Metropolitan Tribunal. Additionally, she’s served in the Circle for Ukraine, Project Rachel, Legion of Mary, and as a member of a parish choir. Rossanna is a compassionate woman of faith, balanced in her prayerfulness and action. I believe that her response to this important endeavor is the fruit of her devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary.”
– Fr Todd Strange / St Joseph Issaquah

Quentin Orem, ED of the Ferry Foundations and search committee chair, says, “Selecting the founding Executive Director is the most important decision the Foundation will make in this initiative. We conducted a competitive national search and our hiring committee of Catholic leaders was enthusiastic and unified in selecting Rossanna. We believe God has been preparing her to lead Our Lady of the Sound for such a time as this.”

As Rossanna begins the concept phase of the project, listening to the Catholic community will play a pivotal role in bringing this vision to fruition. If you would like to help our Blessed Mother reach as many hearts  as possible, don’t hesitate to contact our Executive Director at rossanna.ryan@ferryfound.org.

The Ferry Foundations