Department of Economics

Ryan Vernau

  • Graduated: 2009
  • Field: Technology

Ryan Vernau who graduated in 2009 with a BA in Economics and an option in International, is sales contract coordinator at Ray Morgan Company,a company that provides IT services. Before joining Ray Morgan Ryan was a health advocate at United Healthcare in Chico, California, where he assisted clients in understanding complex benefit information and claims processing issues.

After graduation Ryan worked for the Chico State Enterprises as an editor for reports and proposals that Chico State professors wrote. He left the University to accept a position with Butte County General Services as a contracts and procurement agent. In his role as an agent for general services, Ryan assisted department in negotiations with vendors and reviewed their expenses to make sure that they were in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.

“I am eternally grateful for my economics degree for all that it has done to strengthen my critical thinking capacity, as well as my evaluation of causal and financial relationships, and for the role my economics degree has had in building the framework in which I can understand the world around me,” Ryan stated in a recent email. “As a Health Advocate at United Healthcare, I frequently employ economic concepts to help my customers grasp some of the core concepts of the healthcare industry and health insurance.” (Last Updated 8/12/18)