A native of Dublin, Ireland, Ronan has lived in the US for over 20 years. He worked as an advertising executive for one of the top ad agencies in London after studying accounting and business. After much time in New York, Ronan moved to New Orleans, where he ran a popular live music venue in the French Quarter. His personal demons of drug and alcohol abuse went untreated in The Big Easy. Ronan stayed in New Orleans for weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit, and witnessed hell on earth. He also saw some of the most beautiful acts of kindness, and experienced firsthand the bond and cohesion of his small group of survivors.

The altruism Ronan experienced during Katrina was happening in the lives of people in recovery in 12-step programs. He saw desperate people pick themselves up and live with peace and purpose, and wanted the same for himself more than anything.  

Life springs from death, and from the flood waters of New Orleans, Ronan evacuated to Tampa, Fl. after Hurricane Katrina hit. Shortly after moving, began his journey in recovery. Life had taken on a whole new meaning. 

"Working with other alcoholics and addicts has been the highlight of my life. A big part of my recovery has been reaching out to those in need and becoming an active and responsible member of the awesome recovery community here in Asheville. I have been and continue to be an active member of AA, NA and CA. Service and volunteer work were a big part of my recovery and gave me a purpose-driven life, something about which I am extremely passionate."

On his time off, Ronan enjoys hiking with his dogs, restoring furniture, catching live music, antiquing and volunteer work in the local community.