Ryanne Lindberg (she, her) served in the Air force as a geospatial analyst, where she was remotely deployed 365 days per year in a digital ground system supporting US and NATO forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She became a certified instructor in her digital platform, where she often taught airmen above and below her rank. She then transitioned to the Washington Air National Guard where she helped to start up a diversity and inclusion program. She also was an instructor in the Western Regional Counterdrug Training Center where she taught several courses to law enforcement officers across the United States in Cognitive Biases and De-escalation tactics.
Ryanne received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from WSU in 2012. She earned her master’s degree at University of Washington School of Social Work with a concentration in integrative health in 2022. She is a cohort member of Northwest Leaders in Behavioral Health Program (NLBHP) that provides additional training for professionals that serve those at risk or have a diagnosed behavioral health disorder. She is also a scholar of the WWAMI Area Health Education Center, a program that works to improve the diversity, distribution and quality healthcare workforce in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI). She has experience working with diverse populations of military members, veterans, LGBTQ+, underserved vulnerable populations, and people experiencing homelessness.
Ryanne also has experienced working in a community health setting offering supportive services to school age children as a school therapist in a local school district through a community health organization. There she worked with elementary school, and high school age children and young adults.
She is also a homesteader with her spouse (retired USMC) and two young children; where they have a modest menagerie of animals to include; five horses, ten chickens, three ducks, three cows, three dogs, one pig, four cats, one retired therapy mini pony and a hamster named Hammie.
A true lover of animals, Ryanne is enthralled with equine assisted therapy and the profound impact it has on clients. She has always held a passion for connecting the people around her with resources and positively impacting their lives. This was further enhanced during her military career where she found that connecting with fellow service members and helping them with education goals, family issues and coping skills was the highlight of her day. This drive to help others was what brought her into the profession of social work. She uses a strengths-based approach in social work with a humble curiosity, integrity and empathy.