The BYU Actuarial Advisory Board is a collection of actuarial professionals with industry experience and a broad range of exposure to hiring practices and company actuarial student programs.  Its mission is to assist BYU’s Statistics Department and Actuarial faculty in raising the level of effectiveness of the actuarial program by:

  providing feedback and recommendations that help shape the direction and future of the educational experience and career opportunities that students receive in connection with their studies in the BYU actuarial program; 

  identifying opportunities to enhance BYU’s ability to produce competitive actuarial graduates as well as promoting the visibility and reputation of the Program; and 

  encouraging alumni involvement with the actuarial program as well as assisting with fundraising efforts.



Michael D. Bahr, ASA, MAAA
Head of Regions, Aetna
BYU – BS in Statistics    BYU – MS in Statistics

Mike Bahr serves as the Head of Regions at Aetna with P/L responsibilities for over 10 million medical members, $33 billion in annual revenue, and local network contracting and development for the country. Before joining Aetna he was with Coventry Health Care for over 10 years in several leadership roles ranging from CEO of Altius Health Plan to his most recent role of Chief Operating Officer overseeing Commercial Business, Workers Compensation, National Networks, as well as Underwriting and Actuarial Departments. Sales and Marketing, Network Management, and Individual Business reported to Mr. Bahr as well.  He also served as Vice President and Chief Actuary at IHC Health Plans. 

Mike is a member of the Society of Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries. He earned a Master’s degree in Statistics at Brigham Young University after completing his undergraduate work in Statistics.

Mark A. Brown, FSA, MAAA
Regional Chief Financial Officer, NFP
BYU – BS in Actuarial Science

Mark Brown is currently Regional Chief Financial Officer at NFP, a global full-service insurance and consulting agency, and is responsible for overseeing and directing the fiscal functions of the western region including the development and monitoring of related metrics and controls. He is also responsible for internal and external reporting resources and systems for the region.

Prior to joining NFP, Mark was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SelectHealth, a Utah-based health plan, with responsibilities for financial operations and reporting, actuarial and underwriting operations, government programs (excluding Medicare & Medicaid), and commercial product development and maintenance. He has also worked at Milliman & Robertson, Great-West Life & Annuity and Aetna Life & Casualty.

Mark is a former member of the McKay-Dee Hospital Board of Trustees, former vice chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Health Plan Alliance, and former chair of the Utah Health Exchange Risk Adjuster Board.

Lee D. Gold, ASA, EA, FCA, MAAA
Principal & Consultant, Mercer
BYU – BS in Statistics

Lee Gold is a Principal and Consultant in Mercer’s Denver office. He has been with Mercer for over 17 years and has over 25 years of employee benefit consulting experience. Lee works with a variety of clients including hospitals, manufacturing and transportation companies, and government contractors.

Earlier in his career, Lee was a corporate actuary and had the opportunity to design and develop valuation software for both pension and retiree medical plans. Lee now consults with employers regarding plan design, funding strategies, and risk management strategies for their pension, defined contribution, and retiree medical programs. Lee’s passion for helping employers design retirement programs that best meet their objectives has led to creative and innovative solutions, as well as numerous speaking engagements, primarily on the topic of risk-sharing plan designs.
Lee graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in statistics. He is an Associate in the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary, a Fellow in the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Blake Murphy, FSA, EA
Partner, Aon Hewitt
BYU – BA in Physics

Blake Murphy is a partner, retirement consultant, and actuary with Aon Hewitt located in the Newport Beach, California office. He consults with clients on a broad range of issues, including the design and valuation of employee retirement and postretirement benefit programs, the design of executive retirement plans, and the impact of pension risk on corporate financial statements. During his career, he has worked with large companies in a variety of industries, including nonprofit health care and education, and for-profit manufacturing, electric and gas utility, financial services and energy.
Blake has been with Aon Hewitt since graduating from BYU in 1988. He married Dana Myres (BYU, 1988 – BS in Nursing), while in Provo, and they are the parents of six children (including two BYU students, one BYU graduate, and one BYU-Idaho graduate, so far), and are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary.

Blake will be on leave from the Advisory Board from July 2016 through July 2019 while he and his wife preside over an LDS Mission in Ecuador.

Dave Sandberg, MAAA, FSA, CERA
VP & Corporate Actuary, Allianz Life
BYU – BA in Economics

Dave Sandberg is a VP & Corporate Actuary at Allianz Life in Minneapolis and previously was the appointed actuary for LifeUSA Insurance Company, a major writer of deferred and equity indexed annuities, where he worked from 1989 until LifeUSA’s purchase by Allianz Life in 1999. Additional responsibilities have included GAAP & Statutory Reporting, Crediting Rate & Investment Strategies, Experience Analysis, Government Relations and Reinsurance.

Since the late 1990’s, Dave has been actively engaged professionally in developing principles for insurance statutory reserve and capital requirements, as well as emerging risk management principles, in the US and abroad.

He chairs the Insurance Regulation Committee of the International Actuarial Association, is a past President of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a current Board member for the Society of Actuaries and the Actuarial Foundation.

Allie Tomlinson, FSA, MAAA
Chairman, BYU Actuarial Advisory Board
BYU – BS in Statistics/Actuarial Science

Allie Tomlinson currently serves as Chairman of the BYU Actuarial Advisory Board. She worked for Aetna and for the Beneficial Life Insurance Company before leaving the workforce to raise children. At Aetna, she worked in the Health Insurance, 401(k), and Life Insurance Product Development areas. While at Beneficial Life, Allie’s responsibilities included Life Insurance Product Development & Management and Reinsurance roles.

Allie is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Steven B. White, FCAS
Chief Actuary, Guy Carpenter
BYU – BS in Mathematics    BYU – MA in Economics

Steven White currently serves as the Global Chief Actuary at Guy Carpenter. Current responsibilities include overseeing the development of all actuarial tools and advanced catastrophe modeling portfolio management tools. He also is responsible for standards and compliance within the actuarial area.

Prior to joining Guy Carpenter in 2000, he was a senior actuary for Swiss Re in its Chicago and Phoenix offices, responsible for all business underwritten in his business unit. He began his insurance career with the Allstate Insurance Company at its research and planning center before transferring to the firm's reinsurance division.

Steven is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and serves on the Casualty Actuaries in Reinsurance (CARe) meeting steering committee. He has also served on the CAS Committee for Professionalism and Ethics.

Trevar K. Withers, ACAS, MAAA
Personal Lines Pricing Actuary, Westfield Insurance
BYU – BS in Statistics/Computer Science    BYU – MS in Statistics

Trevar Withers is the Personal Lines Pricing Actuary at Westfield Insurance. He joined the Company in 2005 and was the Company’s Reserving actuary for 8 years. He managed the development of stochastic reserving models and helped shape the Company’s Reserve Policy. Trevar served as Chairperson of the Mass Torts Subcommittee of the American Academy of Actuaries and was a coauthor of a 2007 public policy monograph, “Overview of Asbestos Claims Issues and Trends.”

Trevar began his career at Travelers Insurance in 1990, where he held pricing and reserving positions in both personal and commercial lines. In 1999, he joined Towers Watson where he was an appointed actuary, modeled asbestos liabilities, and priced auto warranty service contracts.