Outreach & Mentorship Committee

The Outreach & Mentorship Committee supports educators across the country by guiding them through Modeling the Future Challenge materials and introducing them to the actuarial profession. Some committee members also develop more hands-on relationships with specific schools in their regions and come into the classroom to talk with the students. The committee consists of actuaries in all areas of the profession. Committee Members provide valuable resources to educators interested in using the MTF Challenge and help engage their students in applied mathematics and actuarial science.


From March through September, committee members help introduce educators to the MTF Challenge and help them connect real-world math modeling and actuarial science with their students. Contacts, materials, information, and a process for staying connected are all coordinated through the committee. Some committee members working on the Outreach activities setup in-person meetings, or conduct classroom visits to talk with students; however, most of the outreach activities are conducted virtually through the phone or internet.


From December through February, committee members are paired up with teams that have passed through the qualifying phase of the competition. These teams will be working on conducting research and creating their own reports on how the MTF Challenge theme could change the future. Committee members supporting the Mentorship activities are paired up with teams and help guide them through the process of identifying a topic for their final project and report. The mentorship process involves two meetings (virtual) with your teams. The first meeting is generally conducted in mid-January when teams are first formulating their project. The second meeting is generally held in early February once the teams have drafted their reports. The first meeting generally focuses on helping teams get started by understanding the questions they should be asking, getting ideas on how to begin their research. The second meeting generally helps teams refine their report by receiving guidance from a committee member on how to refine their models, or clarify any points in their report.

Mentorship is a very valuable and exciting part of the MTF Challenge. Mentorship typically takes an approximately 6 hour commitment spread between December, January, and February. We are currently seeking new actuaries at all stages of their career and in all parts of the field to join the mentorship committee and support the next generation of young actuaries.

If you are an actuary or actuarial candidate and would like to get more information on how to participate in this committee please contact us at challenge@mftchallenge.org.


2018-19 Outreach & Mentorship Committee Members



Lisa Walsh, FCAS

Westlake Village, CA:




Jeff Johnson, FSA

Hartford, CT:



Janis Kane, FSA

Stamford, CT:



Julie Shuman, FSA

Hartford, CT:




Nalene Langley, FSA

Clearwater, FL:




Dennis Egan, Candidate

Naperville, IL



Marco Martinez, Professor

Naperville, IL:




Zhixin Wu, ASA

Greencastle, IN:




Melissa Hollis, FSA

Des Moines, IA: Melissa Hollis works on the Business Analytics team within the Specialty Benefits Division at Principal 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.


Susan Watson, M.S., FSA

Des Moines, IA: Director, School of Actuarial Science and Risk Management, Drake University.






Emily Donatelli, ACAS

York, PA: 



Ron Gebhardtsbauer, FSA

State College, PA



Roy Goldman, FSA

Philadelpha, PA: 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.

Karena Weikel, ASA

Danville, PA: Karena is a risk professional with 15 years of healthcare experience and is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. Karena has earned the FAHM and CSFS designations.


Sheng Xiong, Professor

Pittsburgh, PA:



New Jersey

Helen Galt, FSA

North Caldwell, NJ 



Joel Steinberg, FSA

Trenton, NJ:



New York

Jane Hamrick, FSA

New York, NY: Jane Hamrick is a Vice President and Actuary at New York Life.  In addition to being a trustee of The Actuarial Foundation, she has served on various industry committees. She graduated from Goucher College and has a Master's degree from Northeastern University.


North Carolina

Wafaa, Shaban, ASA

Charlotte, NC: Wafaa is a professor at UNC - Charlotte, and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.



South Dakota

Jayne Waggoner, FSA

Rapid City, SD: Jayne is the Director and Actuary of Business Development of the Global Preneed division at Assurant in Rapid City, SD.  She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with degrees in Marketing and Mathematics with a concentration in statistics.



Raj Johri, FSA

Dallas, TX:



Amy Wagler, Professor

El Paso, TX:




Nate Worrell, FSA

Seattle, WA: Nate Worrell helps actuaries around the world model the future. He's on the actuarial support team for AXIS, an insurance modeling software from GGY, a Moody's Analytics company. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas.




Herschel Day, FSA

Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Herschel Day has over 10 years of industry experience, primarily in health care. In his last role before joining the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Herschel was Staff Vice President, Actuarial Health Care Reform Lead at Anthem, a health benefits company with approximately 40 million members.


Clark Slipher, FSA, MAAA

Milwaukee, WI: Clark Slipher is a retired Principal of Milliman, Inc.  He served as the National Director of Milliman's health practice and was on the firm's Board of Directors for seven years. Clark graduated from Ball State University. As a recent retiree, Clark volunteers for the Red Cross and Milwaukee Rescue Mission (tutoring and mentoring on professional development).