Colleen founded the Rettland Foundation because of the impact that her daughters Claire and Chloe have had on her. Claire bravely chose to participate in clinical research for Rett Syndrome as she wants nothing more than a little more freedom in her body. Chloe boldly dreams of what life with a little less Rett can be like. They have loads of fun together reading silly stories and listening to music.
With a background in the hospitality industry and a degree in Culinary Arts from the Arizona Culinary Institute, Colleen took her experience as a wife, mom and advocate and created the Rettland Foundation to make the process of clinical trials easier on families.
Ryan is currently living in Iowa working as a Project Manager for John Deere. After studying finance and Chinese at Brigham Young University he graduated with a B.S. in 2006 and headed up to the Bay Area. There he worked for Duff & Phelps, a valuation advisory firm specializing in providing various valuation services to technology companies. In 2013 he graduated with an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Along the way he has had his lovely wife Maren by his side and they have three adorable daughters. Their oldest Leah has Rett Syndrome and loves to watch basketball with her dad. Ryan enjoys road biking, sports and time with his kids.
A number of years ago Sarah met a very special family who introduced her to Rettland. She’s excited to advocate for Rett Syndrome and honored to play a small role supporting the amazing families taking big steps in the Rett clinical trial world.
Sarah has a BA in Communication and a background in human resources and marketing management. She also has experience handling all aspects of corporate and legal affairs with start-ups. After almost two decades in the Bay Area, Sarah has returned home to Seattle where she manages human resources for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Her favorite types of weekends involve hanging out with her husband and watching their two boys play soccer.
Jared is currently the sales support manager for KTM North America and shares his expertise in systems and processes with the rettland admin team. He graduated with his BA from Arizona State University in 2004 and then moved up to the bay area to take a position with Ducati North America.
He is married to Colleen and loves her enough to believe in her crazy dreams. Jared is a dedicated father to Claire and Chloe and has been known to wear sandals, even when his toe nails have been painted purple glitter. In his few minutes of free time Jared enjoys mountain biking and tide pools.
Gina is currently the Regional Manager for Sereno Group, the largest independent Brokerage in Silicon Valley. She graduated with a BA in Sociology from Sonoma State University and is currently working on her Conflict Resolution Certificate from Colorado State University.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family camping, hiking, yoga and drinking chai lattes. Her favorite title to-date is “Best Mom in the world” given to her by her 8 year old daughter.