MEET THE TEAM
Liz joined Ryson in 2013 after many years in property management in Galveston and New Mexico. Liz is a BOI, growing up on a ranch on the west end of the island on Galveston Bay. She received her real estate license in 2006 and graduated from Galveston Community College in 2010 with an associate degree. Liz is involved in women’s resource and crisis centers and is a member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Liz and her husband have a passion for traveling. One of their favorite recent travels was a three-week road trip through Ireland, England, and Scotland. They also enjoy music and the arts; producing radio shows on local radio stations and frequenting art shows and concerts.
Martha joined Ryson in 2013 after a long career in banking and many years spent living in Costa Rica. Martha and her husband moved to Galveston over 30 years ago with their two sons, eventually adding a BOI daughter to the mix. Martha is a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Galveston. She loves to spend time with her children and grandchildren, going to their various school and sporting events, and hosting everyone at her home. Martha also loves to travel anywhere warm as well as attending concerts and festivals. During the summer you can find her floating her day away under the sun in the pool.
Property Acquisition Manager
Christine joined Ryson Vacation Rentals in February 2013, bringing over 20 years of real estate brokerage and mortgage brokerage experience to Ryson. A graduate of Texas A&M University, licensed real estate broker, and a Certified Tourism Ambassador, Christine appreciates all aspects of the hospitality industry. Christine began in the reservations department, worked as an assistant manager of vacation rentals and now is the property acquisition manager. Helping owners make the best decision for their investment property is her specialty. Christine enjoys eating at Galveston’s unique restaurants, volunteering with the Girl Scouts of America, and shopping local estate sales to uncover some of Galveston’s lost treasures.
Gulf Coast Concierge Director
Shawna has worked with Ryson Vacation Rentals for three years. She has six years experience in hotels, time shares and vacation rentals and has a lot of previous experience in the food and beverage industry. In addition to running Ryson's in-house Gulf Coast Concierge, you'll often find Shawna managing interior design and staging projects. Shawna currently lives on the island, but is originally from Mont Belieu, Texas. She has a daughter and is engaged to be married, and in her free time Shawna loves to spend time at the beach and boating with her family.
Wade started working at Ryson in September 2016. Wade is a native Houstonian and has been living in Seabrook for 17 years, but he has lived in Florida and all over Texas. Wade served as a Lieutenant of Aeronautical Navigation in the US Navy, has degrees in Accounting and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas San Antonio and Austin respectively. Wade also has prior experience as a Real Estate Accountant, Senior Financial Analyst, Fixed Asset Manager, Accounting Manager and Newsroom Copywriter. Most currently, Wade is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and also a licensed Texas Realtor. Wade and his wife, Silvia, who is from Montevideo, Uruguay, have been together for 17 years and raised two kids together. Franco is in his 3rd year of medical school here in Galveston, and Virginia is in her last year at the University of Houston, finishing a Biology degree. The two of them also have four dogs, a cat and a bird: a Lhasa Apso, Starbuck; an Australian Shepherd, Murano; Siberian Husky, Mia; a Labrador mix, Clover; a mixed cat, Herhey; and a blue parakeet, Marvin. Wade's hobbies include loving his wife, kids and pets as much as humanly possible. He's an avid lover of the ocean, and spent half his life scuba diving in Cozumel, Belize, the Gulf of Mexico, Travis Lake, Medina Lake, etc. Wade loves good wines, seafood, traveling, photography and having dinner with his wife somewhere around the water.
Tausha started with Ryson in January of 2011 as a Reservationist and moved into the Owner Liaison position in March 2018. Prior to working at Ryson, Tausha was a Flight Attendant, did accounting work for a helicopter company and has over 20 years of administrative experience. Although Tausha wasn't actually born on the island, her mom was and raised Tausha here most of her life. She love spending time with her fiancé (Matt), her daughter (Gia), and her mom (Nana), and her little dog (Sugarbaby). She loves to fish and enjoys her free time with her family and friends.
April joined the Ryson Vacation Rental team in April 2016. Born and proudly raised on Galveston Island, April is your local BOI, and graduated from Ball High School. April earned her real estate license in 2012, and started working in the vacation industry that same year. During her free time, April enjoys shopping, relaxing, and spending quality time with her family, but most of all, just simply loves meeting and helping others. As a Certified Tourism Ambassador, April appreciates the value of customer service to deliver exceptional vacation experiences to each and every guest and is ready to serve you! April was awarded the Vacation Planner of the Year Award for 2018!
Content Marketing Strategist
Mandy joined the Ryson Vacation Rental team in February 2019, but has been working in the island's vacation rental industry since 2013 and has been in the hospitality industry most of her life, as her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents ran motels, restaurants, bars and a restaurant supply store in Wisconsin. Mandy is a Certified Tourism Ambassador, has completed courses in marketing, business, real estate and received her Associates of Science in Interactive Media and Web Design from the Art Institute of Dallas and The Art Institute International Minnesota in Minneapolis. Mandy is originally from Wisconsin, but she and her husband moved to the island from Dallas, Texas in 2013. Mandy has a Rottweiler, German Sheppard, a cat, a grandson and a daughter (graduating from University of Wisconsin Stout with a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, UW-Stout offers one of the oldest HRTM programs in the world). Mandy enjoys friends, family, traveling, the beach, music, art, photography and trying new foods.
Videographer & Content Creator
Thomas joined the Ryson team in February 2020 after moving to Galveston in the summer of 2019. He has over 5 years of experience in video production ranging from YouTube comedy sketches to writer and producer of a student television show. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Howard Payne University in 2017 and graduated with a Masters degree in Media Studies from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2019. He met his wife Amy in grade school in their hometown of Early, Texas and they married in the summer of 2017. Thomas enjoys watching movies, playing video games, making music, and hanging out with his wife and their little dog, Zorro.
Owner Services Administrative Assistant
Julie joined the Ryson family in January 2020, after recently retiring as a Senior Administrative Secretary with almost 30 years of service at University of Texas Medical Branch. At UTMB Julie was responsible for grant support and ordering supplies for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. Julie grew up on the East End of the Island and earned her Associate's Degree from Galveston College. She is from a family of nine, which includes a fraternal twin brother. Julie is married, has three children, three grandchildren and a big dog named Leo. Leo is half Rottweiler and half Standard Poodle. Julie loves music, drawing, baseball (die hard Astros fan), walking on the seawall and she loves the island life!
Guest Services Manager
April F. joined Ryson two days before Hurricane Harvey after transferring with her husband from Austin, TX. April is an IBC, Islander by Choice, and loves waking every morning to see the beautiful sunrises coming over the Gulf. April volunteers for organizations such as Alzheimer's Association and DBSA. In October of 2018 April became a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Galveston Island and utilizes this when checking in our wonderful guests. April also enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 dogs walking on the beach, reading, and watching historical dramas.
Maria joined the Ryson team in May of 2018. Maria invested many years in the Hospitality Industry as a Supervisor but put a pause on her career to be a full time mom. After dedicating her time to her children, she decided to get back into the swing of things and has been a part of the team ever since. Maria loves to spend most of her time outdoors with her husband and boys, dinner dates with her girlfriends, and crafting.
Reservation Sales Manager
Ellen began her Ryson career in February of 2013 after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Maritime Studies and minor in Anthropology from Texas A&M in 2012. (Whoop!) Ellen is a member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce "C-Crewe" and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador. She is a Daughter of the Republic of Texas and enjoys volunteering with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Some of Ellen's favorite activities include spending time with family and friends including her 4-legged best friend (a Labrador named Bell), enjoying nightlife and tourism attractions on Galveston Island, 2-Stepping the night away, road trips, fishing, "whooping" for her Aggies, and "rooting" for the Astros. Ellen has currently re-discovered her life and is enjoying every minute of it!
Chris started with Ryson in early 2018 after moving with his wife from Fort Worth in 2017. Chris is originally from Temple, Texas and grew up in New Mexico. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Texas at Austin. Chris is involved in environmental protection and animal welfare groups, and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Chris and his wife enjoy quiet nights watching the sunset over West Galveston Bay with their cat, Chairman Meow.
Mary Jo joined the Ryson Vacation Rental team in February 2019, and most of her earlier career involved radio, newspaper and magazine advertising sales. As a CTA, Mary Jo enjoys finding the perfect property for our guests, helping them create the perfect vacation for their family and assisting them in all the choices of Ryson's in-house concierge service, Gulf Coast Concierge, has to offer. This Minnesota native recently moved to Galveston in 2016 and is enjoying the beaches and much warmer weather our island has to offer, but Mary Jo says she's still trying to adapt to saltwater fishing.
Christi started with Ryson Vacation Rentals in February of 2019. Previously she worked with investors; handling complete renovations, wholesales, short-term and long-term rentals since 2015, and she is also a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Christi's family came to Galveston in the early 1900's, and she has lived in Galveston County her entire life. Christi has three daughters and a dog named Tootie, and in her free time she likes to cook and spend time with her girls being adventurous or just being "beach bums" in the summer.
Angela joined the Ryson Vacation Rental team in February 2019. She has over 16 years experience in the hospitality industry and has worked at many restaurants and hotels on the island. Angela is a Galveston native. She graduated from Ball High School and Galveston College. She loves learning about the history of our unique island and officially became a CTA in 2019. Angela is a proud wife and football mom. She's her oldest son, Bryce's #1 fan in all the sports he participates in, including playing for the back to back Superbowl Championship team, Texas City Stings, where he received Defensive MVP (2018-2019). In 2018 Angela became the mother to another adorable baby boy, Sonny. She spends most of her free time with her two sons and husband, their family, attending concerts with her three lifelong best friends and traveling as much as possible.
Bryan has been in the real estate industry for over 18 years as a Realtor, Property Management Company owner, builder and real estate developer. He sold his company in 2010 and moved to Galveston to take a position as Director of Business Development for NRG's Home Services division in Houston for 4 years. Always loving the hospitality side of the business, he experienced a steep learning curve running a Bed & Breakfast in Virginia Beach. (If you ever wanted to own a B&B, ask him first) He then had the fantastic opportunity to become an Operations Manager with Ryson Vacation Rentals right after hurricane Harvey. He lives in Jamaica Beach with his beautiful wife and new dog BoBo. For fun he likes to cook, fish, and drive his wife crazy.
Donzell joined Ryson in January of 2018 with 5 years of previous hospitality experience with hotels and vacation rentals. He graduated from Ball High in 2011, graduated from College of the Mainland, became a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) in 2013, earned his associate's degree in Marketing and a certificate of Revenue Management from eCornell in 2014. He was born on the island (BOI) and has three boys, a beautiful wife and two dogs, named Sadie and Spot. Donzell’s family enjoys visiting the Houston Zoo, going to Astros games, Moody Gardens, taking family trips to San Antonio, Dallas and Beaumont to visit family. Donzell also enjoys cooking, fishing and has been a volunteer football little league coach.
Maintenance Dispatch Manager
Linette was born and raised in Galveston. She has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. She has worked with Ryson for 4 years as front desk, and most recently, dispatch. She loves to cook and bake, read and spend time with family and friends.
Assistant Maintenance Manager
Romeo loves the beach and riding his motorcycle. Galveston has always been his home, and he wouldn’t change the salt water, sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets for anything. Romeo also runs Big Papa Bonfires, offered by Ryson's in-house Gulf Coast Concierge services.
David started at Ryson in February 2020, and has a background in furniture delivery, warehouse work and electrical wiring on boats. David is from Alvin, Texas and has a one year old daughter. In his free time, David enjoys working on his truck, target practice and just hanging out with his family watching movies and TV.
Denisa joined Ryson in Febuary 2018 and already had over ten years of vacation rental industry experience. Prior to vacation rentals, Denisa worked in the restaurant business for 25 years as an area General Manager. Denisa moved from Asheville, North Carolina to Galveston in 2009, but also lived on the island back in the 70's and attended Ball High. Denisa has three kids, five grand-kids and two cats. She loves art, painting, poetry, and and cooking.
Helen joined the Ryson team in March 2018. Helen is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) and brought with her over 20 years in guest service, switchboard and housekeeping experience. Helen has lived on the island over 30 years and considers it to be home. She has three sons: James, Jason and Justin, eleven grand-kids and a little dog, Safari, and most of her free time is dedicated to her grand-kids and Safari.
Laura joined the Ryson team in January 2014. Before moving to the island after becoming a single parent, Laura lived and worked in Fort Worth, Texas. She worked with a property manager there for 10 years as a Leasing Agent and eventually the District Director. While raising her daughter, she received her nursing license and specialized in IV therapy and and extensive wound care. After almost 20 years, Laura decided to change career and started with Ryson in the Reservations Department, and eventually she decided to move to the Operations Department. Since working at Ryson Laura has received her real estate license, is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) and plans to get her home inspector license next. Laura is blessed with her daughter, who is a teacher at Santa Fe High School, and two beautiful grandchildren. Laura loves challenges, fishing, playing Texas hold 'em, and spending time with her daughter and grand-kids.
Kassie joined Ryson Vacation Rentals team in 2018 after she moved to the island in 2017 from Dickinson, Texas, where she grew up. Kassie's favorite place to be, is on the beach, enjoying the Texas heat, with her two kids, Ava and Jr. Kassie says, "Galveston has attached itself to my heart and became home to my kids and I, all while Ryson has become my family!"
Candace joined the Ryson team in January 2020 and recently graduated with her Associates in General Studies. Candace was born and raised on the island. Her and her husband have two children, Amaya and Julian and a dog named Bebe. Candace loves crafting, especially home decor projects on a budget.