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ACTUARIAL SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD

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.

BOARD MEMBERS

ROB BACHLER LEE GOLD ALLIE TOMLINSON
MIKE BAHR BLAKE MURPHY STEVE WHITE
MARK BROWN DAVE SANDBERG TREVAR WITHERS


Rob Bachler, FSA, FCAS, MAAA
Principal & Consulting Actuary, Milliman
BYU – BS in Statistics/Actuarial Science    BYU – MS in Statistics

Rob Bachler is a Principal in Milliman’s Seattle Health Practice.  His primary clients include Medicare Advantage plans and companies in the reinsurance and employer stop loss industries.  He provides these clients with assistance in areas of expertise such as pricing, reserving, business analytics, and mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to joining Milliman in 2008, Rob spent several years at Munich Re America, one of the largest reinsurance companies in the U.S., where he was responsible for actuarial management of clients covering several product lines.  Rob served as the lead actuary at Educators Mutual Insurance Association in Murray, Utah before joining Munich Re.

Rob is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.  He earned a Master’s degree in Statistics and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics (actuarial emphasis), both from BYU.


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
Business Operations Director, Public Employee Health Plan
BYU – BS in Actuarial Science

Mark Brown is currently Business Operations Director at PEHP, a nonprofit trust providing health benefits to Utah’s public employees (the state of Utah, its counties, cities, school districts, and other public agencies) and is responsible for overseeing and directing the marketing and sales, provider relations and contracting, network management and compliance, and actuarial, analytic and reporting functions.

Prior to joining PEHP, Mark was Regional Chief Financial Officer at NFP, a global full-service insurance and consulting agency, with responsibilities for overseeing and directing fiscal functions of the western region. He has also worked at SelectHealth, 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 at Mercer and is the Wealth Strategist for the Mountain States region.
Earlier in his career, Lee was a corporate actuary, performing actuarial services for
approximately 20 pension and retiree medical plans of his employer.  In this role, Lee also had
the opportunity to design and develop proprietary valuation software for both pension and retiree
medical plans.

Since joining Mercer in 1998, Lee has consulted with employers regarding plan design and risk
management strategies for their pension, defined contribution, and retiree medical programs. 
Lee’s passion for optimal plan designs has led to creative and innovative solutions, as well as
numerous speaking engagements, primarily on the topic of risk-sharing pension plan designs. 
Lee wrote a paper that was published in The Retirement Forum of the Society of Actuaries (April
2019) where he discussed the efficiencies of risk-sharing pension plan designs versus defined
contribution plans.

With employees increasingly being asked to take more individual responsibility for their own
health and wealth, Lee made the decision in 2015 to expand his consulting focus beyond
retirement, to also include financial wellness.  Consequently, Lee spent several years consulting
with companies on their financial wellness programs, helping them with strategy development
and execution.  With this background and experience, Lee now helps employers tackle a broad
range of challenges across retirement, investments, and financial wellness.
Lee graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University (1988) with a bachelor’s degree in
statistics and is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary, 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
Senior Consultant, Charles Rivers Associates
BYU – BA in Economics

Dave Sandberg is a Senior Consultant with Charles Rivers Associates, specializing in expert
witness work on life insurance topics. He is a former VP & Corporate Actuary with 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 is a past President of the American Academy of Actuaries and a current Board member of the
Society of Actuaries. He graduated from BYU with High Honors in 1981 in Economics with a
minor in Philosophy and lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.


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
Director - Risk, Willis Towers Watson
BYU – BS in Statistics/Computer Science    BYU – MS in Statistics

Trevar Withers is a Director at Willis Towers Watson. His expertise includes pricing and reserving traditional property & casualty lines of business. He also has extensive experience estimating asbestos liabilities and pricing extended warranty contracts. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson he worked 12 years at Westfield Insurance in leadership roles including: Personal Lines Pricing Actuary and Reserving Actuary. Trevar also worked at Travelers Insurance.

Trevar is a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society and the American Academy of Actuaries. He served as Chairperson of the Mass Torts Subcommittee of the American Academy of Actuaries and coauthored a 2007 public policy monograph, “Overview of Asbestos Claims Issues and Trends.”