Episode 13: Rhea Ranno
Rhea Ranno, Assistant Registrar of Enrollment Technology
In this episode, Rhea, who is a Boston proper, born and raised in Jamaica Plain, talks about their family history, leaving their home at the age of 18yo, and helping to raise their younger sister. They talk about loving working as a dog walker because they had a special connection with a client named Toby, a dog reluctant to trust them, but eventually, a wagging tail was the sign of mission accomplished. Rhea also tells us about their experience at the Boston Latin School, the oldest school in Boston (older than Harvard) and about getting their bachelor’s degree while working over 50 hours per week. They had many responsibilities during their 20s when other people at the same age were enjoying their regular lives and school years. They call their history “a journey of patience.” Nowadays they are working on becoming a minister for the Episcopal Church and want to focus on supporting survivors of trauma and the LGBTQIA+ community.
Edgar and Rhea have a good conversation about gender identity, being trans and non-binary. They take a quick inner trip to connect to their inner children and talk about life from childhood until now.
Some fun facts about Rhea:
-Their favorite song is “You Make Me Feel” by Aretha Franklin
-They looked up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as a child.
-Their top book recommendation is The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
-The bravest thing they ever did was go to therapy!
The goal of this podcast is to introduce folks to HLS staff members from across the community. You may recognize the names of some guests, and if you don’t, that’s okay! We hope that you will tune in to learn more about your colleagues—what their role is, what makes them tick, and why they do the work that they do at HLS. If you’re interested in being a guest, please let us know—we would love to hear your story. Our stories bring us together; we come from different backgrounds and serve all different roles, but our shared community at HLS unites us. Let us hear your story!