Rear Admiral, Coast Guard
June Ryan is a motivational speaker, seminar leader, and corporate trainer. She energizes and empowers her audiences through her effective use of humor and inspirational stories. She is a success trainer and coach drawing upon her 35 years of military service and formal training in the Success Principles – Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be®, by Jack Canfield, co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul ®.
During her distinguished career, June was a trailblazer, achieving many historical firsts for women including the first enlisted woman in the Coast Guard to rise to the rank of Rear Admiral, the first women to serve as the Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the third woman in our nation’s history to serve as the Military Aide to the President of the United States.
June is an active community leader, board member, and community volunteer. She is a 2017 graduate of the esteemed Leadership Cleveland program, and was elected by her peers to serve as the class President.
During her 35 years as a distinguish military leader, June served in a wide variety of leadership roles including five separate command positions; two aboard Coast Guard cutters (ships) and three units ashore; and Chief of Staff of Coast Guard Pacific Area, and area that encompasses 6 of the 7 continents, 71 countries, and more than 74 million miles of ocean from U. S. Western States to Asia and from the Arctic to Antarctica. Prior to her retirement in October 2017, June served as the Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District (Great Lakes Region), leading the 6,000 men and women of the Coast Guard across an area of responsibility that spanned 8 states and a 1,500 mile international maritime border. She again made history as the first woman hold that assignment.
June holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from the University of South Florida. She is a graduate of the National Preparedness Initiative (NPLI) from the Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her personal military awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Award, two Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legion of Merits, and six Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals among others. She has earned the Presidential Service Badge, the Secretary of Homeland Security Service Badge, as well as the Advanced Boat Force Operations and Coast Guard Cutterman pin.