Challenge Development Committee

The Modeling the Future Challenge is supported by a "Challenge Development Committee" consisting of professional actuaries and other members of The Actuarial Foundation's community. The Challenge Development Committee is responsible for reviewing and refining the Challenge Statement, data resources, and other information critical to the operations of a successful competition. The committee helps ensure that the Challenge represents a strong resource to help students learn about the actuarial profession while dipping their toes into the real-world waters of how actuaries use data and mathematics to make projections about the future.

If you are an actuary, or in a related profession, and would like to learn more about becoming a member of the Challenge Development Committee for upcoming Modeling the Future Challenges, please contact:

Brian Donlan, FCAS

Brian Donlan is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society with nearly 20 years of Ratemaking experience. His education is in Economics, with a Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa. Brian currently leads the Encompass Insurance pricing organization. He is member of the Casualty Actuarial Society Professionalism Education Committee. He is also currently on the Board of Trustees for the Actuarial Foundation.

Jason Freeman, ASA

Jason Freeman is an actuary at Clover Health, an innovative startup Medicare Advantage company. Jason joined Clover in 2016 after starting his actuarial career at Kaiser Permanente in 2011. Prior to becoming an actuary, Jason spent 13 years in education, as a teacher, analyst, and advocate, as well as founding director of the Coalition for Science After School.

Roy Goldman, FSA

Roy is a retired actuarial executive who was a Chief Actuary or CFO of four major health insurers. He serves on the board of directors of the Society of Actuaries and The Actuarial Foundation and is a member of the Health Advisory Panel of the Congressional Budget Office. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. He has been active in actuarial and public education for most of his career.   

Melissa Hollis, FSA

Melissa is an Actuary at Principal in Des Moines, Iowa.  She works on the Business Analytics team within the Specialty Benefits Division which includes group dental, vision, life, disability and critical illness insurance, and individual disability insurance.  Melissa is a graduate of Bryant University and Concord Law School and is a member of California Bar Association.

Tom Wakefield, FSA

Thomas P. Wakefield received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Kent State University and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Tom finds inspiration in working with students and enjoys accompanying students to regional and national conferences and advising undergraduate research projects. He currently serves as co-advisor of the Ohio Xi Chapter of PME at YSU and serves on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Section of the MAA, on which he chairs the Committee on Student Members. He has several peer reviewed publications in algebra, additive manufacturing, and actuarial science and has achieved “Fellowship” level status in the Society of Actuaries.

Sam Wehner, ASA

Sam Wehner is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and has been working as an actuary for almost 6 years.  He started his career at Actuarial Resources Corporation where he eventually became lead software developer for a few of the ARCVAL system components, including TL-Flyer, ARC's traditional life calculation module.  He decided to take an opportunity in a non-traditional role at a growing start-up called Site 1001 where he is now a software engineer designing a building/facilities intelligence system using state-of-the-art Internet of Things and will be using his knowledge of data science to provide information on critical systems and assets, helping to pave the way toward smarter cities.

Susan Witcraft, FCAS

Susan Witcraft is the Financial Analysis Director for OneBeacon Insurance.  She is responsible for the company’s economic capital modeling and chairs its ERM Committee.  Prior to OneBeacon, Susan spent many years at each of Guy Carpenter and Milliman. In addition to writing several papers and making many presentations an professional meetings, Susan has served on and chaired a number of CAS committees and served on its Board from 1999-2002. She currently is a reviewer of the youth education materials being prepared by the Foundation in conjunction with Scholastic.  Susan is an FCAS and CERA.  She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Statistics.

Tom Zavist, EA, FSA

Mr. Zavist consults with small employers regarding their retirement plans. He has extensive experience with annual pension plan valuation, defined contribution plan allocation, individual employee benefit calculations and statements, government filings, and Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) topics.  Since 1986, Mr. Zavist has managed pension, health and group life projects for both private businesses and governments. Mr. Zavist earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Rice University (Houston, TX). He has over ten years’ experience supervising and training others and currently is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary with the Joint Board.