B.S. Mathematics: 1996, John Carroll University
M.S. Mathematics: 1997, John Carroll University
I currently work for Towers Perrin, an international human resource consulting firm. I am a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and am a pension actuary by trade. I discovered the actuarial profession in 1985 when my father showed me a Time magazine article listing actuary as the second best job in the US at the time (by the way, actuary remains near the top of these lists even in 2008). Even though I was in elementary school at the time, I knew what I wanted to be and then subsequently sought out a university that would teach me the mathematics skills I needed for the job while also providing me with a well-rounded liberal arts education. I fondly remember Professor Moreno’s statistics courses, and I credit him with ensuring that I was aware of the timing and requirements of the first actuarial examinations. I spent many hours in the JCU mathematics department pouring over practice actuarial examinations.
I also decided to earn an M.S. in Mathematics and become a graduate assistant in JCU’s Mathematics Department. I owe a lot of my attention to detail to the rigorous proofs required in Dr. Chen’s and Dr. Stenson’s graduate courses. Overall, my JCU experience provided me with a solid mathematics foundation from which I was able to successfully complete the actuarial examinations. My years at JCU also helped me to develop a work ethic that has translated well in the professional services industry.
Narrative created 10/2008.