Ron Tijerina, Co-Director, The RIDGE Project

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Ron Tijerina is the co-founder and co-executive director of The RIDGE Project, Inc. Together with his wife Catherine, he co-created the award-winning TYRO curriculum, which attacks the cultures of entitlement, incarceration, and generational cycles of poverty that fragment families and destroy legacies. His work in the Ohio prison system and across the nation has strengthened tens of thousands of families and garnered national attention. Currently Ron and Catherine speak in venues across the United States and abroad sharing their vision of permanent transformation for families. TYRO programs are evidence-based programs that champion healthy marriage, successful reentry, involved fatherhood, workforce empowerment, and intentional leadership. In addition to being a husband and father of three, Ron has also been blessed with five amazing grandchildren and two wonderful daughters-in-law.