Ryan King is the Lewisburg Experience Coordinator for Ascend WV. A Lewisburg native with family roots in Greenbrier County for over 200 years, King is eager to introduce members of Ascend Lewisburg to his hometown. King attended Hamden-Sydney College before entering the Marine Corps and serving our country through multiple deployments. In 2014, King came back to his roots and began work as a Program Manager and Senior Business Development Officer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, an outdoor adventure facility located near the New River Gorge. This work allowed him to grow his understanding of community building through adventure recreation and offered the chance to spend time with the Collaborative’s Science Adventure School for 6th grade students each fall.
“I can’t wait to welcome the first cohort to Lewisburg and help them build a community here” says Ryan. “There’s something powerful about Appalachia that I hope they’ll fall in love with – and Ascend WV has given people a sense of calling to this place. Give me a big vista, a campfire and let’s watch West Virginia come to life at sunrise.”