Ryan’s Story

Ryan grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin. During his childhood, he excelled at playing the saxophone in jazz band and competing in volleyball leagues. Once at Arrowhead High School, he and his volleyball team won state championships and many titles. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. He then moved to Charleston, South Carolina to pursue his doctorate at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Medicinal Chemistry. For the next seven years, he worked and attended MUSC. His doctoral dissertation entitled, “Targeting IDER as a Potential Therapy in the Treatment of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infections”, outlined his research against Tuberculosis, for which, he now has several pending patients at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Upon graduation from MUSC, Ryan moved to Rockville, Maryland in order to complete his post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. He had completed only six months of his post-doctoral work when he suddenly and tragically passed away at only 31 years of age.

Ryan was the oldest of three siblings and was very close to his maternal grandmother. He was married to his wife, Jana (Garl) Monfeli on July 4, 2006 at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada with 45 friends and family in attendance.

Ryan was a very intelligent, thoughtful, and caring man. He was the rock in all of his friend’s and family’s lives, as he was very dependable and always displayed an immense amount of honesty and integrity. He believed firmly in treating others with the utmost respect and in always fulfilling the promises that he made to others. There was no better friend or person than Ryan.

Ryan was proud of his family and also of his black lab, Ike. Ryan and his wife adopted Ike in 2006 and he adored him. Ike will always miss the multiple walks a day and the scratches he frequently received from Ryan.

Upon Ryan’s very tragic and sudden death, his wife donated all viable tissue. Even after his death, Ryan continues to help others that are in need. He will be always missed by those who had the absolute pleasure of knowing and loving him.