Ryan Ayala


Medical Case Manager, Vivent Health

Ryan Ayala discovers the means to heal through his career as a social worker in Milwaukee, WI. Ryan persevered through childhood, a product of the child welfare system in Los Angeles, CA. Enduring poverty and witnessing the dual ravages of mental illness and substance abuse, Ryan “aged out” of foster care to graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School. In 2010 he matriculated at Humboldt State University. His interdepartmental studies in the Humanities informed a desire to amplify folks’ voices speaking to different walks of life. Ryan got involved with community radio during those undergraduate years in Arcata. He learned to produce, engineer, and host a radio show for KHSU called Q-wire—short for “Queer-wire”—that broadcast on behalf of the university’s LGBTQIA community. Ryan moved to Denver, CO in 2016 to pursue his MSW at the University of Denver. Graduate coursework developed his talents working one-on-one with individuals, and with clients at the group level in therapeutic settings. Ryan uses those skills today as a medical case manager for Vivent Health, where he integrates care plans for HIV+ clients. Ryan also participates in Vivent Health’s Advisory Council on Engagement, where he collaborates with colleagues to improve staff retention and development by advocating for across the agency focused on improving employee satisfaction. Ryan’s also a co-op member of the Health Coalition group formed through Citizen Action, a statewide progressive organization that connects people to civic engagement opportunities. You can catch Ryan riding his road bike all around the Milwaukee Metro areas or taking day trips out and around the beautiful state of Wisconsin during summer and during winter enjoying the company of the chosen family he's built around him.