Dede Ryan is Interim Executive Director of The Cabin. She has held marketing and communications positions with Weyerhaeuser, Trus Joist and Morrison Knudsen for nearly two decades, and served on The Cabin’s board in 2007 and 2008 before being hired as Managing Director in 2009.
Dede graduated with high honors from the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and holds post-graduate certificates in marketing and business management from Stanford University, the University of Michigan and Boise State University.
In addition to volunteer work with The Cabin, she is on the board of Boise State Public Radio, and has been actively involved with the Family Advocacy Program, Idaho Public Television, Capital City Communicators, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild, City Club and Think Boise First. Prior to moving to Boise in 1990, Dede was a Capitol Hill reporter in Washington, D.C., working for Business Publishers, Inc., and U.S. News & World Report. In addition to hundreds of hard news stories, she has published dozens of articles, including features in Boise Magazine and McCall Magazine, and an essay in NPR’s anthology of short stories published by Henry Holt in 2001. “Takeover,” her first book of fiction, was published in 2007. Her screenplay, Becky, received a second place award in the 2010 Idaho Screenwriters Association annual contest.