Ryan T. Ripperton
Chief Inspiration Officer
“AKA” Executive Director
Ryan has been executive director of SPARC since March 2010, and in that time participation in SPARC’s enrollment-based classes has risen by over 100%. A trained educator, Ryan matches knowledge of educational programs with business expertise in leading SPARC to diversify its program offerings and expand its student base. Ryan previously served as executive director of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and the Sinfonia Educational Foundation, headquartered in Evansville, Indiana.
Ryan is Chair of the Resident Company Association of the Dominion Arts Center (formerly CenterStage), a member of the Board of Directors for Virginians for the Arts, and a recent recipient of the Stettinius Award for Non-Profit Leadership from The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.