High School Actuarial Day @WVU

High School Actuarial Day - Nov. 3, 2018

Actuarial Day Flier

Actuarial Day Registration

An actuary is consistently rated as the one of the best jobs in America from many sources, including US News and World Report, the Jobs Rated Almanac and CNN Money.
The employment opportunities for actuaries will increase much faster than the average rate. This is a way to use your mathematics skills in financial situations.

Actuaries can expect high starting salaries, and to become respected leaders, often in upper management positions. They generally enjoy what they do; whether working in insurance companies,
consulting firms, or government. They make a wide variety of quantitative decisions such as the price of insurance, employee benefits, estimated costs of a major hurricane and the effects of seatbelt laws.

The Mathematics department at WVU is excited to host the first High School Actuarial Day. The purpose is to expose high school students to the actuarial profession as a career choice.

Organizing Committee

Jessica Deshler
David Miller
Rong Luo
John Goldwasser
Douglas Squire
Laura Pyzdrowski
Fang Yang
Dustin Freeman


No permit is required on Saturday, November 3. Event participants are recommended to park in Lot 7 and Lot 11 on Saturday, November 3.

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Time   Room   Activity   Title
9:30am - 10:00am   315 Armstrong Hall   Open Registration   Open Registration
10:00am - 10:15am   315 Armstong Hall   Dr. Marjorie Darrah   Welcome Remarks from Chair, Department of Mathematics @WVU
10:15am - 10:20am   315 Armstrong Hall   Dr. David Miller   Actuarial Program Overview in Department of Mathematics @WVU from Undergraduate Program Director
10:20am - 10:40am   315 Armstong Hall   Michael L. Toothman, FCAS, MAAA   General Session Speaker 1
10:40am - 11:00am   315 Armstong Hall   Jennifer K. Chancey, ASA, MAAA   General Session Speaker 2
11:00am - 11:20am   315 Armstong Hall   Christopher Freyder   General Session Speaker 3
11:20am - 11:40am   315 Armstong Hall   Will Johnson, FCAS   General Session Speaker 4
11:40am - 1:00pm   LUNCH   LUNCH   LUNCH
1:00pm - 1:30pm   306 Armstong Hall   Dr. Fang Yang, ASA, Coordinator Actuarial Science Program   Actuarial problems in financial mathematics, such as compound interest, amortization and annuity, will be illustrated from real-world scenarios.
1:30pm - 2:30pm   306 Armstong Hall   Dr. Fang Yang, ASA, Coordinator Actuarial Science Program   Hands-on Problem-Solving Activities

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Michael L. Toothman, FCAS, MAAA

Actuarial and risk consulting services

Mike Toothman is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, (FCAS) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He is a Past President of both the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and is a former Vice President of the American Academy of Actuaries. Mike has been a leader in the education of actuaries in North America, having served sixteen years in various positions on the CAS Examination Committee, including four years as Vice President responsible for all education and examination processes of the CAS. Mike has been providing actuarial and risk consulting services since April of 1982. He was Vice President and Principal in the St. Louis office of Tillinghast, a Towers Perrin Company, for nearly ten years and then spent nine years as Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen’s Property/Casualty Consulting Group, based in Philadelphia. Since retiring from Arthur Andersen as of August 31, 2000, Mike has been providing actuarial and risk consulting services through his own firm.

Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University in 1971.

Jennifer K. Chancey, ASA, MAAA

Treasury Analyst at United Bankshares, Inc.

Jennifer Chancey is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). She is currently employed as a Treasury Analyst at United Bankshares, Inc. where she is involved in capital stress testing and loan loss reserve processes.  Jennifer graduated from WVU in 2015. She obtained a B.S. in Business Administration - Finance, a B.A. in Mathematics, and minors in Statistics and Spanish.

Christopher Freyder

Data Science Analyst for CareJourney

After graduating WVU with a degree in Industrial Math and Statistics, Christopher Freyder went on to pursue a Master's degree in Biostatistics. Following graduating, Christopher worked as an actuarial analyst for Highmark Health, the parent company of Highmark Insurance and Allegheny Health Network, giving the unique prospective of working on problems relating to both health systems and insurance companies. Recently, Christopher has accepted a job as a Data Science Analyst for CareJourney, a health analytics company that focuses on using open source methodology. Chris currently works on both Medicare FFS data provided by ACO’s and the full Medicare de-identified FFS data set provided by CMS to help ACO’s determine areas of opportunity, benchmarking, and network simulation.

Will Johnson, FCAS

Director, Product Actuarial BrickStreet Insurance

Will Johnson is the Director of Product Actuarial for Workers Compensation with BrickStreet Insurance in Charleston, WV, in charge of pricing, analytics, and profitability models.  He graduated from Ohio University in 2013 with a dual BA in Actuarial Science and Economics.  Since joining BrickStreet, Will earned his Associateship in the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS) in 2015 and Fellowship in the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) in 2018.  In his free time, Will enjoys golfing and following the Ohio Bobcats in football, basketball, and hockey.