Ryan-Michele was born in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria while her father served in the U.S. Army.

She’s lived all over the country, from Colorado to Alaska to New York. Ryan-Michele received her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, and her paralegal certificate from the Center for Advanced Legal Studies.

She became a NALA Certified Paralegal in 2015. Before joining West Short & Associates, Ryan-Michele spent two years at the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit firm specializing in constitutional law.

She has been a volunteer with CASA of Travis County since 2014, advocating for children in the foster care system.