Ryan Immigration Group
RIG is a team of dedicated, approachable professionals who work their tails off to meet your goals. We're direct, honest and well-versed in the craziness that is immigration. We like our clients and it shows in our work and our behavior. Our team came together from wildly different backgrounds and came together for the uniting goals of serving others, providing access to the immigration system and fighting injustice.
Kelly L. Ryan, Attorney
Lory Pounder, Attorney
Kelly is a licensed attorney and the firm's founder. She became passionate about helping immigrants while living undocumented in Argentina in the late 1990s. Upon returning to the US, she dedicated herself to immigrant rights and access to justice for rural communities and victims of crime. In her free time, she attempts to train her hard-headed puppy while playing with her rambunctious kids and hanging out with her family. You may overhear her favorite musicians-Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Silvio Rodriguez and Soda Stereo-playing in the background when you call in.
Lory is a licensed attorney who first became interested in immigration law while working as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. She most enjoys crafting legal arguments and putting clients' stories on paper. She has run two marathons, but now her free time involves chasing a toddler around until they are both exhausted. Lory helps the staff stay healthy by leading our daily work exercises.
Grace graduated from University of Denver Sturm College of Law in May 2020. The University of Denver awarded her the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship, recognizing her dedication to the public interest. She brings years of experience working as a student attorney, paralegal and accredited representative in immigration law clinics, law firms and non-profits in New Mexico. Grace has lived and studied in Ecuador, Spain and Mexico. She loves traveling, learning about different cultures, reading novels, and hiking.
Marisol Wressell, Office Manager
Marisol is a first generation American of Mexican decent. She completed a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing from Johnson & Wales University. During her spare time, Marisol and her husband volunteer feeding the homeless downtown every Friday night. She is still an actress at heart and will speak in different accents from time to time.
Christine George, Paralegal
Born and raised in New Jersey, Christine holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Spanish from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. During her college years, Christine spent time in the Dominican Republic. While there, she interned with a local organization to aid in the group’s effort to provide affordable health care services to victims of human trafficking. In her spare time she enjoys getting lost in a good book or exploring a new trail in the mountains. An avid lover of languages and cultures, Christine also helps a handful of local non-profit organizations as a volunteer interpreter and translator. She lives by the quote, "Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth."
Celeste Lopez, Paralegal
Celeste is a first generation Mexican American. She is currently attending Community College of Aurora to pursue her Paralegal Degree. Celeste enjoys hiking, shopping, watching crime documentaries and brunch with her daughter and boyfriend. As a former wrestler she will fight for your case.
Judy Walker, Paralegal
Judy is a naturalized US citizen. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico. Judy came to the United States when she was a child with her mother and brother. Judy is an experienced immigration paralegal and understands very well what it is to be an immigrant and the struggles that people go through in the immigration process. For this reason, she is dedicated and passionate about helping the immigrant community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, drawing, doing DIY projects, finding good places to eat, traveling, and playing with her two fur-babies. She also likes to make people laugh, and believes there is always something positive in everything.
Cindiley Vargas, Receptionist
Cindiley is a first generation Latina. She is currently attending CU Denver, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Public service. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, hanging out with her dog and dancing. She also volunteers with her local police department and ensures community safety. Cindiley has a huge passion for helping others out. She reminds everyone that a struggle can be a lesson and blessing.