CAS Profiles

Our CAS Profiles feature CAS members and candidates sharing their stories, highlighting why they became actuaries and how they landed in the property and casualty field, and advising on what students can do now to prepare for an actuarial career.


CAS Profile: Charles Lei, FCAS

School: New York University  Current Employer/Title: Vice President Actuary, Head of US Reserving at Ascot Group  Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students?  The insurance industry is exciting because insurance products are always changing to keep up with the world.  For example, we get to see how cyber risks or » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Othon Hamill

Name of college/university attended: Brigham Young University with a degree in Actuarial Science  Current employer/job title: Actuarial Analyst at the American Family Insurance Group  Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students? Insurance is a great career for anyone interested in applying statistics you’ve learned in class or seen » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Kelly Cusick

Name of college/university attended: University of Notre Dame   Current employer/job title: Managing Director at Deloitte   Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students? Working in the insurance industry is a way to be on the front lines of making a social impact. The industry is designed to » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Claire DiOrio

Name of college/university attended: University of Notre Dame Current employer/job title: CNA Insurance, Actuarial Consultant Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students? The insurance industry has rewarding work. New graduates can immediately see their work helping clients recover after accidents or catastrophes. In addition, it has a great job » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Kinsey Turk

Name of college/university attended: Arizona State University  Current employer/job title: Allstate, Actuarial Analyst   Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students? When I first started, one of the things that surprised me most was the strong sense of community present in the insurance industry. The amount of support and » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Chelsea Adler

My name is Chelsea Adler and I’m an FCAS passionate about changing the narrative around insurance. After graduating from Ohio State University with a major in Actuarial Science, I spent the first 5 years of my career pricing Homeowners insurance at State Farm. I then transitioned to my current role as Senior Manager, Pricing and » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Dan Post

My name is Dan Post, and it is hard to believe that I have been an FCAS for 19 years!  I graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a degree in Actuarial Science (and a minor in music) and have held a variety of actuarial positions at several insurance companies.  I have spent the last 16 » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Susana Gisele Zelaya

Susana Gisele Zelaya, FCAS, FCIA, works as an Actuary at ICBC in the Product Pricing Team. She graduated from UniversitĂ© du QuĂ©bec Ă  MontrĂ©al (UQAM) with a bachelor degree in actuarial sciences. Born in El Salvador, her parents moved to Canada where she grew up as French Canadian and recently moved to British Columbia. She » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Denise Olson

My name is Denise Olson. I currently work at Zurich North America as the Head of New Programs leading a cross functional due diligence team. I graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Go Big Red!) with a double major in Actuarial Science and Math. In my 30-year career, I’ve spent about 20 years » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Matthew Cairo

My name is Matthew Cairo and I work as an Actuarial Analyst at State Farm in the Homeowners Pricing Unit. I graduated from Florida State University (Go Noles!) with a double major in Actuarial Science and Risk Management & Insurance. I held the title of Vice-President of the Iota chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma while » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Cory Ortiz

Cory Ortiz works at State Farm as an Actuarial Analyst in the Homeowners Pricing Unit.  Cory graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Actuarial Science and a minor in Business Management.  He was born and raised in Central Illinois and is back in his hometown after graduating from BYU. Why would you recommend » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Carlo Lahura

Carlo Lahura works as an Actuarial Consultant with EY where he has advised a variety of national and international clients since 2017, and obtained his FCAS credential in 2019. Carlo graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Waterloo in 2017 with 7 actuarial exams, president of various clubs, and nearly 2 years of actuarial internships. » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Melissa Salazar

My name is Melissa Salazar and I am a Senior Actuarial Analyst at Nationwide Insurance where I work in Management Liability and Specialty Lines of insurance. I was raised in Florida where I went to school at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics as well as » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Julianne Borgardt

Julianne Borgardt has been with Allstate Insurance Company since 2015 and currently works as an Actuarial Assistant on Allstate Business Insurance’s Commercial Property Lines. Julianne is a graduate of Concordia University of Wisconsin where she majored in Actuarial Science and minored in German Language. In addition to her normal actuarial work, Julianne has enjoyed speaking » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Kelly Gates

Kelly Gates is a Pricing Actuary on the Commercial Auto team at Zurich North America. She is an Associate of the CAS and is currently working on her last exam for her Fellowship. She is a graduate of Lafayette College. Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students? I » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Robert Hark

Robert Hark is an Actuarial Analyst at Applied Underwriters. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Montana Tech and a Master of Science from the University of California, Davis. Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students? If you have strong mathematical and analytical skills, and you would like » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Marla Strykowski

Marla Strykowski, FCAS, MAAA, is an actuary at Plymouth Rock Assurance. She graduated from Bentley University with a double major in Mathematical Sciences and Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Actuarial Science. Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students? Learning about the numerous aspects of the insurance industry » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Allie Rexroat

Allie Rexroat, ACAS, MAAA, works as an Actuarial Analyst at State Farm in the Specialty Lines Pricing Unit. She is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri. Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students? The insurance industry today is changing very quickly. There are so many new » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Madison Bemis

Madison Bemis studies actuarial science and music at the University of St. Thomas. She previously held the title of Co-President of the Beta Pi chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma and currently serves as the concertmaster for her school’s string orchestra. Madison is also currently interning at Travelers, where she will be working full-time after graduation. » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Matthew Edson

Matthew Edson studies actuarial science and finance and economics at the University of Connecticut. He is the CFO of the UConn chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. Matthew will be pursing an internship this summer at Travelers in their Actuarial and Analytics Leadership Development Program (AALDP). Why are you interested in pursuing a career in the » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Kristen Marshall

Kristen Marshall studies actuarial science at Illinois State University. She is the vice president of membership for Toastmasters International Club on campus, the finance coordinator for Christian Business, and the current trip leader for the 2018 Honors Program Alternative Spring Break Trip to New Orleans, where she will partner with Junior Achievement to visit low-income » READ MORE


CAS Profile: Jake Akstins

  Jake Akstins studies actuarial science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is president of the university’s actuarial science club, and was selected as a 2017 CAS Trust Scholarship Winner. Jake has spent the last two summers interning at CNA and will begin working there full time after graduation. Why are you interested » READ MORE