Past Employer Biographies
Aetna - 2/13
Jeanae is a graduate of UW-Madison working as a Senior Analyst at Aetna on the Commercial Actuarial AFA Pricing Team. In this role her responsibilities include pricing the AFA product to market strategies and being a liaison to market partners. Through this, she has been able to accurately price the Mid-America Market for a year and a half. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and exploring Chicago!
Lexie is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln working as an analyst at Aetna on the Commercial Actuarial Product team. In her role, she helps take new products from conception to launch. Her core tasks include pricing, deciding strategy, advising on membership and revising as needed. Outside of work, Lexie enjoys reading, going on walks, and cooking.
Northwestern Mutual - 3/22
Jake Corrao, FSA, CERA
Jake graduated from UW-Madison in 2017 and has worked at Northwestern Mutual since graduation. He attained his FSA designation in 2019 and is currently an Assistant Director & Actuary on the Corporate Financial Planning team, focused on Northwestern Mutual’s retail investment products. Jake loves traveling and most recently spent time in Arizona, where he enjoyed a Brewer’s spring training game and hiking in Red Rock state park.
Rachel Zimdars, ASA
Rachel graduated from UW-Madison in 2020 and has worked at Northwestern Mutual since graduation. She attained her ASA designation in 2022 and is currently on a one-year rotation in the Risk Products department as member of the Actuarial Leadership Development Program (ALDP). This team focuses on maintaining the current life products as well as developing new life products for the company. Rachel enjoys sailing during the summer and recently got back from a sailing trip around Antigua & Barbuda.
David Walla, ASA
David graduated from UW-Madison in 2019 and has worked for Northwestern Mutual since graduation. David has worked in pricing across the life product line, including emerging LTC insurance products. He has also worked in product development and asset/liability management. David enjoys travelling south in the winter months, recently visiting the Grand Canyon and San Francisco.
Mike Richter, ASA
Mike graduated from UW-Madison in 2020 and has worked at Northwestern Mutual since graduation. He attained his ASA designation in 2021 and is currently on a one-year rotation in the Risk Selection Strategy department as a member of the Actuarial Leadership Development Program (ALDP). This team focuses on developing and analyzing the company’s accelerated underwriting program. Mike loves the outdoors and is currently planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in April.
Willis Towers Watson - 3/28
Ashley Lederman, FSA, EA
Ashley graduated from UW-Madison in May 2013 and has worked for WTW since July 2013. Prior to starting full-time, she interned with WTW during the summer of 2012. Since then, Ashley has taken on an array of colleague development roles. She has been involved in the intern program as a coach, learning & development leader, and as the intern coordinator. She has also held the role of Exam Program Leader for the WTW Chicago and Wisconsin offices, and her current internal role is regional workflow coordinator, where she facilitates staffing across ~100 local teams.
Her primary role on her client teams is the role of Lead Actuary; she project manages a number of standard and nonstandard projects across her 10 client teams and prospects, and she helps her teams to meet both their goals and the clients’ goals.
In her free-time she likes to read and to try out new coffee and breakfast places.
Toyo graduated from UW-Madison in May 2021 and has worked for WTW since August 2021. Prior to starting full-time, he also interned with WTW during the summer of 2020.
Currently, he spends half his time working as an Analyst in WTW’s retirement actuarial consulting business, and the remaining half on a one-year rotation within the Retirement Risk Management (RRM) group. This group specializes in pension de-risking strategy and implementation, including Asset Liability Management studies, Pension Plan Terminations, and more. He is currently also working towards his FSA and EA designations.
In his free-time he enjoys watching all sports, such as NFL (GB Packers), NBA (Milw Bucks), and most importantly, ATP Tennis.
Emily graduated from Purdue in May 2021 and has worked for WTW since August 2021. Prior to starting full-time, she interned with WTW during the summer of 2020. She was involved in the intern program last summer as the workflow coordinator and will be helping again this summer as the social event coordinator.
She currently works as an Associate in WTW’s retirement actuarial consulting business. She supports the Lead Actuaries across client teams and prospects with a variety of projects, mostly focused on the management of pension plans. She is also currently working towards her ASA designation.
In her free-time, she enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles, trying out new recipes, and cheering on the Boilermakers.