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Advisory Board

The Actuarial Science Advisory Board consists of actuarial leaders from the business community and leading academic actuaries with a common interest in the future of actuarial students from Arizona State University. Board members provide industry perspective on developing curriculum, recruiting prospective students, fundraising, and developing research projects.


George BelokasGeorge Belokas, FCAS, MAAA
GPW and Associates, Inc.
George Belokas is an actuary and assistant vice president of actuarial and consulting firm GPW and Associates, Inc. He is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries with over nine years of experience in reserving and pricing with a focus in commercial insurance, reinsurance and captive insurance. Fields of experience include vehicle service contracts, guaranteed asset protection, tire and wheel, ancillary Finance and Insurance products, workers’ compensation, property, liability and other non-traditional insurance risks. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Arizona State University and currently serves as vice president of the Casualty Actuaries of the Desert States.

Michael Brunner


Jennifer CarrickJennifer Carrick, FCAS, MAAA
CopperPoint Insurance
Jennifer Carrick joined CopperPoint Insurance Companies in June 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience as a property and casualty actuary. Prior to joining CopperPoint she was a consulting actuary at IIC, LLC in Atlanta, where her clients included insurance companies, self-insureds, self-insurance funds and government entities. Before that, Carrick held actuarial positions primarily at insurance companies, including Bankers Insurance Company and ACE USA. Her experience includes loss reserve analysis, pricing and product development. Carrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in actuarial science from Drake University. She is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Carrick also serves on the board for College Success Arizona.

Tom Cawley



Kevin DonovanKevin G. Donovan, ACAS, MAAA
Nautilus Insurance Company

Kevin Donovan is vice president and chief actuary for Nautilus Insurance Company. Prior to joining Nautilus, he spent 25 years at Nationwide E&S/Specialty in various actuarial roles with the last 13 years leading the reserving function and overseeing $4 billion in reserves covering property and casualty commercial lines, commercial automobile liability lines, management liability, professional lines and pet insurance. He received a Bachelor of Science in economics and mathematics from SUNY Binghamton. Donovan is an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and is a past president of the Casualty Actuaries of the Desert States. He is also active in the community and is a past graduate of Scottsdale Leadership, served on their board and is currently on the nonprofit Partners for Paiute board for the past five years serving in the roles of treasurer and president.


Tim DoyleTim Doyle, FSA, MAAA
Optumas Consulting

Tim Doyle is a senior actuary at Optumas Consulting. He provides program, strategy, and operational consulting services and actuarial analysis for a variety of projects related to health care reform. Doyle also develops and certifies rates for Medicaid populations compliant with the CMS Rate Setting Checklist for use by states in contracting with managed care organizations, including long-term care and behavioral health populations. In addition, he has developed upper payment limits for use in PACE programs compliant with the Upper Payment Limit (UPL) Checklist.


Jeff Durham
North Light Specialty Insurance Company
Jeff Durham is an actuary for North Light Specialty Insurance Company, a surplus lines subsidiary of Allstate Insurance Group. His primary role is pricing of non-admitted personal lines insurance in high risk areas prone to catastrophes, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires. He previously held roles at Nautilus Insurance Group working with non-admitted property and liability insurance for commercial lines. Durham is an ASU alumnus and was the first graduate of the actuarial science program. He has shown continued support for the program through his advocacy as CAS university liaison, and active volunteering with Gamma Iota Sigma. Durham is currently an officer of Casualty Actuaries of the Desert States (CADS), a regional affiliate of the CAS. 


Bernie EricksonBernon R. Erickson, Jr., ASA, FCA, MAAA
Actuarial Strategies & Tactics, Inc.
Bernie Erickson is the founder of Actuarial Strategies and Tactics (AST), a leading innovator in medical insurance actuarial program management. AST focuses on helping small blocks of business thrive in a market dominated by super-sized competitors, maintaining active, long term relationships with third party administrators, managing general underwriters, independent marketing organizations, small carriers, and quota share reinsurers. Prior to creating AST, Erickson was Chief Actuary and Senior Vice President at Independence Holding Company. As a key member of their executive management team, he helped build a $250 million fully insured division, comprised of multiple operating companies, over 400 people, and a complex diversified product mix. He is an expert in insurance product design and development, valuation matters, risk management, and the challenging and changing regulatory framework for insurance, especially strategies and tactics related to the Affordable Care Act implementation.

Amy Filler
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Amy Filler is an assistant actuary with Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). In addition to assisting AHCCCS’ actuaries with the development of actuarially sound capitation rates for Arizona’s Medicaid program, she also works with a small team to complete risk corridor calculations for Arizona’s various lines of business, calculations for many directed payments (including alignment of policy and contract language), and coordination of Intergovernmental Agreements. She obtained her B.S. in applied mathematics from the University of California, Davis. Filler started her career in the retirement sector before taking a hiatus to raise her children. She returned to work sixteen years ago as an actuarial analyst in the healthcare sector with the last nine years working specifically with Medicaid.

Karen Garrity
Dragonfly Actuarial
Karen Garrity has over twenty years of healthcare analytics experience primarily focused on profitability of health insurance programs through management of actuarial analyst teams. As a consultant, Garrity has developed an extensive knowledge of data analysis, tool and systems development, management reporting, financial projections, and recommendations on risk. She has product line experience in group and individual major medical, dental, vision, limited medical, short-term medical, and pet insurance. She has led functions such as actuarial analysis, provider reimbursement analysis, business development, client services, project management, Human Resources, and office management. Garrity joined Dragonfly Actuarial in 2019 to provide part-time analytical and recruiting support for the growing team. She is a proud Sun Devil, graduating from ASU in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in finance and a minor in mathematics.


Matt HassettDr. Matthew Hassett
Arizona State University

Matt Hassett is professor emeritus of mathematics at Arizona State University where he taught from 1966 to 1999. He worked in industry as a health actuary from 1999 to 2005, and continues to write and work with actuarial students. He has published papers in mathematical logic, mathematics education, finance and actuarial science. He is currently a principal of the consulting firm LegalBizDev. Hassett has co-authored an introductory statistics textbook, the probability textbook Probability for Risk Management and the ACTEX study guides for exams FM, MLC and MFE of the Society of Actuaries. He also has consulting experience in mathematical analysis of mortgage-backed securities and their derivatives. Dr. Hassett was an associate of the Society of Actuaries until 2008.



Amanda Kemling, FCAS, MAAA
GPW and Associates

As an actuary for actuarial and consulting firm GPW and Associates, Inc., Amanda Kemling is responsible for pricing, reserving, and product development for a variety of insurance coverages, including finance and insurance products and traditional property and casualty commercial insurance. Her fields of expertise include workers’ compensation, vehicle service contracts, general liability and auto liability. She also provides actuarial services for captives, domiciled both in and outside the United States, in various industries. Prior to GPW, Kemling was an associate actuary at Scottsdale Insurance responsible for pricing and catastrophe modeling and has also been a college instructor for actuarial science courses. She is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and is a past president of the Casualty Actuaries of the Desert States. She received a master's degree in statistics with an actuarial science concentration from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Peru State College.



Ken LevineKen Levine, FCAS, MAAA
Nationwide E&S/Specialty
Ken Levine is reitred, and previously served as vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Nationwide E&S/Specialty. He joined Nationwide in 1996 and served in various actuarial roles, most recently as leader of the Actuarial Division. He brought strong forecasting and finance knowledge as well as communication and team-building skills to his role as leader of the Finance Division. From 2004-2005, Levine stepped out of his actuarial role to head-up a program responsible for leading numerous company-wide projects that transformed Scottsdale Insurance from a product-oriented company to one that is customer centric. He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY, is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He is a past president of the Arizona Actuarial Club, and has served on several Casualty Actuarial Society committees over the years. He is also a certified coach with the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.



Paul MayfieldPaul Mayfield, FCAS, MAAA
Nationwide E&S/Specialty
Nationwide E&S specializes in Excess and Surplus Property/Casualty Insurance. Paul Mayfield has been with Nationwide since 2003, currently leading Actuarial Pricing for Individual Risk operations in Scottsdale and New York. Prior leadership roles include Pricing for Nationwide Private Client and Nationwide Pet operations. Paul obtained his FCAS in 2009 as a member of Nationwide’s E&S Pricing team. He has a masters’ degree in Applied Math from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Math from the University of Arizona. In his spare time, Paul enjoys math puzzles and gardening.




Nettie MeierNettie Meier, ASA, MAAA
Nettie Meier is a director of actuarial services at UnitedHealthcare, focusing on Medicaid managed care valuation and pricing for multiple state markets. Prior to United, Meier was a senior associate in Mercer’s Government Human Services Consulting practice. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both mathematics and Italian from Arizona State University in 2006. She is an associate of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.



Colby Schaeffer, MAAA
Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Schaeffer is the chief actuary for Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). He oversees a number of projects that actuaries at AHCCCS manage, including the development of actuarially sound capitation rates as well as calculations for risk adjustment, risk corridors, and directed payments. Furthermore, he advises and facilitates discussions on matters of financial and actuarial significance when working with AHCCCS leadership across its multiple divisions and units. Prior to AHCCCS, he worked in the Medicaid sector for over a decade, primarily in a consulting role leading actuarial services teams for a number of other states. Schaeffer obtained his B.S. in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.



Rob SimmonsRobert Simmons, ASA, MAAA, ALMI
Oxford Life Insurance Company
Rob Simmons is the chief actuary of Oxford Life Insurance Company. Simmons began as an actuarial analyst at Oxford Life in 2006, conducting the valuation of life, annuity, Medicare Supplement, and credit reserves on a GAAP, statutory and tax basis. He was also responsible for completing the company's annual cash flow testing and gross premium valuations. In 2007, Simmons became an associate of the Society of Actuaries and gained the signing authority to write actuarial opinions for Oxford Life. In 2009, he was promoted to valuation actuary of Oxford Life, overseeing all functions involving the setting of reserves, along with the management of a team of actuarial analysts. In 2011, he was promoted to chief actuary of Oxford Life, where along with overseeing the valuation team, he also oversees the product development functions of the actuarial department, where a multi-year guaranteed annuity and fixed-indexed annuity were developed to great success. Simmons graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce, focusing on accounting and finance. Prior to working at Oxford Life, he held positions outside the actuarial field as a financial analyst, but his actuarial career began at Western & Southern Financial Group in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Gabe SmithGabe Smith, ASA, MAAA
Gabe Smith is a principal in the Government Human Services Consulting practice at Mercer. He provides consulting services and oversees actuarial analysis for a variety of projects; he specializes in Medicaid acute care and managed long-term care capitated rate development, PACE upper payment limit calculations, health care reform, and expense projections. He received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics with an actuarial science specialization from Central Washington University in 2004. Smith is an associate of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


Tom SnookTom Snook, FSA, MAAA

Tom Snook is a principal with the Phoenix office of Milliman. His area of expertise is managed healthcare and health insurance issues for payers and providers. His experience includes work for Medicaid, commercial, and Medicare clients. He has worked extensively in the projection of financial operations for health insurance risk-bearers, including private health plans, state Medicaid programs, healthcare providers, and self-funded employers. Snook has advised clients on the pricing and design of insurance programs, provider reimbursement, valuation of liabilities, and financial reporting. He has served as an expert witness for a number of clients in a variety of matters relating to funding adequacy and equity. He also is an expert in correctional healthcare, or healthcare provided to prison inmates, and has advised a number of different clients, ranging from private firms to state governments to academic medical centers. Snook is a frequent speaker at Society of Actuaries and other professional and industry meetings. He is a member of the Milliman Board of Directors, having previously served as chairman of the firm's Marketing Committee and as a member of its Health Steering Committee. He is a member of the General Committee of the Actuarial Standards Board and has previously served on the Uninsured Working Group of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Lydia TolmanLydia Tolman, FSA, MAAA
Wakely Consulting
Lydia Tolman is a senior consulting actuary at Wakely Consulting, focusing on strategy and pricing for commercial health plans.  Prior to Wakely, Tolman was at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona where she served in various actuarial roles, most recently as a senior manager over a small team focused on reserving and financial planning. She received a Bachelor of Science in both mathematics and economics from Arizona State University in 2008. She is a fellow in the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Lori Turnbull

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona


John ZicarelliJohn Zicarelli, PhD, CFA, FCAS
John Zicarelli retired from Scottsdale Insurance as vice president of strategy and risk management. Prior to that position, he led much of SIC's strategy work as vice president of actuarial and chief actuary. An actuary for 30 years, Zicarelli was with Scottsdale Insurance Co. since 1991. His credentials include a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College, the Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business, a fellowship in the Casualty Actuarial Society, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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