Ryan was appointed to the Foundation Board in 2012. He is a fourth generation Alaskan who was born and raised in Fairbanks. In 2000 Ryan earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering and an Associates Degree in Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. Ryan has held engineering positions with Arco and Veco Engineering. In 2006, Ryan became President of the Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8. Ryan is married and has two children. Ryan is a licensed pilot and spends his winters flying helicopters and playing hockey.