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About Jeffrey…

Jeffrey Ryan was born and raised on the North Shore of Long Island. While he was in school, he was named the Most Artistic Pupil. After high school he went to the New York Institute of Technology and majored in Fine Art. After his first semester he got a scholarship to study art at the Pratt Institute in New York. After spending the summer at the Pratt Institute, he was invited to attend Parsons School of Design in New York City with a scholarship. Soon he was drafted for the Vietnam War and chose to serve in the US Air Force. While he was in the Air Force he also took classes from the California School of Landscape Design. After 18 months in Vietnam, he came back to New York then moved to Naples, Florida. He started and managed a successful landscape business for over 20 years.
In the early 1980’s he sold the business and looked for something to do to give back to the community. In 1986, he founded the Task Force for the homeless. In 1988, he opened the first Homeless Shelter in Southwest Florida, St. Matthew’s House. In 1990, he opened the first drop-in center in the state for people with Psychiatric Disabilities, The Sarah Ann Center. That same year, the Governor asked Jeffery if he would like to volunteer on The Human Rights Advocacy Committee to investigate complaints about abuse, neglect, and violations of civil rights and human rights for people with disabilities. He served on the Committee for 20 years until he retired.
The same year he retired, he got a small camera for Christmas. Now he is 67 years old and enjoys life with his wife and takes pictures of anything he sees.

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