In 2017, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce awarded Ryan with the Outstanding Civic Service Award for the outstanding work he has done within the community.
Ryan is a longstanding member and past President of Rotary of New Iberia. He has also served on several boards such as, United Way of Iberia, Boys and Girls Club of New Iberia, and Progressive Education Program, Inc. Additionally, he has taught religion classes and helped coach Biddy Basketball and girls’ softball.
Perhaps what he is most proud of is his work with the Utopia Retreat Team started by him and his father 36 years ago. The Utopia Retreat Team proves to be one of the most successful and long standing retreat teams in the diocese of Lafayette and the state of Louisiana. As a retreat team leader for the past 36 years, Ryan has led over 700 retreats for over 40,000 confirming catholic students.