The Vaughan Institute Young Alumni Board establishes strong ties between the institute and its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, thereby fostering the advancement of the institute.
Board members are graduates of the Tippie College of Business who either
completed the Vaughan Institute Certificate of Risk Management and Insurance or who took classes in the Vaughan Institute. They're motivated young professionals who desire to give back to the undergraduate program that served as a
launching pad for their careers. Members are selected each spring, and the board meets twice per year.
Back row L to R: Nick Waggoner, Brian Appleton, Dave Rigler, Tyler Probasco, Jonathan Jaeger, Jason McKeever. Front row L to R: Jaclyn Johnson, Jon Raftis, Catie Sebolt, Joe Halleran, Erin Wonsmos.
Hover over each individual's photo below to view more biographical information.
Brian earned his degree in finance and RMI Certificate in 2006 and currently works in the transportation division at TrueNorth Companies in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 2013, he started Grow Program where he created an industry-leading blog and podcast, as well as education, consulting, and management programs for insurance agents online.
Caitlin graduated in 2014 with a degree in Actuarial Science and the RMI Certificate. Upon graduation, she began working at Athene in West Des Moines as an actuarial analyst. Her role on the Valuation team focuses on calculating liability reserves for their annuity and insurance products. Caitlin is currently working towards attaining her Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) designation.
Professional Liability Underwriter
Austin received his BBA in finance and certificate in Risk Management & Insurance from Tippie in 2011. He currently resides and works in Chicago as a professional liability and large casualty underwriter with Hiscox. Austin began his career as a client relationship manager with Krist Insurance in West Des Moines, IA. He is currently working towards his Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation. Austin is currently involved in the Midwest committee of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. He enjoys playing and watching sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Arthur J. Gallagher
Alyssa graduated in May 2011 with a degree in finance and the RMI certificate. Following graduation, she accepted an Underwriting Consultant positon with Arthur J. Gallagher, a Property/Casualty and Employee Benefits consulting firm headquartered in Itasca, IL. Alyssa works for the Employee Benefits division of AJG, providing financial and budgeting solutions that align with her clientâ€™s employee benefit strategies. She enjoys attending Hawkeye football games, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.
Client Service Manager
Joe graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. He is currently a client service manager for the surety department at Assurance Agency while also working toward his surety designation (AFSB).
TC graduated in 2006 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. After graduating from Georgia State University in 2011 with an M.S. in risk management and insurance., TC joined AIG's Enterprise Risk Management group in New York City. As a risk analyst, he is responsible for researching credit markets and collaborating with key business stakeholders to develop firm-wide risk analytics. Prior to joining AIG, TC interned at ACE Group as a risk analyst and worked at Crawford and Co. as a property and casualty insurance adjuster. He holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Claims (AIC) designations from The Institutes. During his time at the University of Iowa, he found his passion for risk management and enjoys every opportunity to reconnect with his Iowa roots.
Commercial Underwriter Trainee
Jonathan graduated in 2012 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. He is training to become a commercial underwriter as part of the Underwriting Professional Development Program at Travelers Insurance in West Des Moines, Iowa. Previously, he was a field property claim representative at Westfield Insurance. Jonathan is an Associate in Insurance (AINS) and is working to obtain his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Professional Liability Account Executive
Zurich North America
Jaclyn received her BBA in finance and RMI Certificate in 2011, and she is currently a professional liability account executive for Zurich North America. Jaclyn holds a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation and is working toward the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Principal Financial Group
Jason graduated in 2007 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. Following graduation, Jason joined the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, where he is currently employed as a life underwriter.
Principal Financial Group
Austin graduated in 2014 with a degree in Finance as well as the RMI Certificate and a Certificate in Leadership Studies. He is an Associate within the Leadership Development Rotational Program at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa. Austin's current rotation is in Corporate Actuarial on the Financial Risk Management team. Previously, he worked in Principal's Retirement and Investor Services unit pricing and underwriting defined contribution plans. Austin is pursuing his MBA and Graduate Business Analytics Certificate though University of Iowa's Des Moines Program. Austin is pursuing his MBA and Graduate Business Analytics Certificate though University of Iowa's Des Moines Program.
Commercial Lines Underwriter
United Fire Group
Tyler graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. He has worked as a commercial lines underwriter for United Fire Group since graduating. As a student, Tyler had an internship with Millhiser-Smith and United Fire Group. Tyler currently holds the Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designation. He is a recipient of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Presidential Scholarship and plans to complete the designation by the end of 2012. Tyler enjoys working out, playing racquetball, and going to Hawkeye football games with his wife, Kristin.
Business Development Lead
Professional Solutions and Insurance Services
Jon graduated in May 2010 with a degree in Finance and the RMI Certificate.Â He also completed his MBA in May 2015.Â He currently works in Clive, Iowa, as a Business Development Manager for Professional Solutions.Â Professional Solutions is a member company of the NCMIC Group, Inc. family of companies.Â NCMIC Group, Inc. specializes in underwriting malpractice insurance and also specializes in commercial and personal insurance brokering services.Â Jon worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a commercial insurance brokerage, for two years prior to joining Professional Solutions.Â As an undergraduate student at Tippie, Jon was very fortunate to have a great experience while being involved in the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance and Gamma Iota Sigma, a business fraternity with a focus on insurance, risk management, and actuarial science.Â Jon enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, golfing, reading, and college football.Â Jon is honored to be a part of the Vaughan Institute Young Alumni Board and to have the chance to contribute toward enhancing the experiences of current and future Vaughan students.
Senior Commercial Underwriter
Nationwide Insurance Company
Kate Rarick graduated from Iowa in 2009 with a degree in Marketing and the Risk Management and Insurance Certificate. Throughout college she held internships in insurance and contracted with through the MBA program. This experience helped shape the rest of her career in insurance. Once she graduated she moved to Des Moines, IA and started working for Allied Insurance, a Nationwide Company. She started in claims handling non-injury automobile accidents. Within a year she was promoted and moved departments to handle claims involving injuries. She handled anything from a minor injury to fatalities. This was a great learning experience so early on in her career. After a year in that role she came to commercial underwriting. Kate started with a rigorous eight month training program and served the states of Maryland and Delaware. She transitioned into a midwest territory for a couple of months until she moved to Nationwide Agribusiness. She is currently managing a Northeastern territory handling middle market accounts with a niche in fuel, fiber and food. She enjoys traveling to see her agents as well as maintaining a great relationship with them. Currently, Kate lives in Ankeny with her husband and enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and finding new trails to run on.
Dave graduated with high distinction in 2008 with a degree in Finance and the RMI certificate. He is currently pursuing his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to graduate school, Dave worked as an investment professional for Prospect Partners, a lower-middle-market private equity fund in Chicago. Prior to joining Prospect Partners in 2011, he worked as a financial analyst in the Healthcare Group at Houlihan Lokey, a middle-market investment bank, also located in Chicago. Prior to his time at Houlihan Lokey, he was a financial analyst at Dresner Partners, a boutique investment bank in Chicago. In his spare time, Mr. Rigler enjoys traveling, running, hunting, and other outdoor recreational activities with friends and family.
Commercial Lines Product Management Analyst
EMC Insurance Companies
Adam graduated in 2011 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. After graduation Adam joined EMC Insurance Companies working as a Commercial Lines Underwriter and 2015 he recently moved to EMCâ€™s Home Office Product Management Department. Adam currently holds the Associate in Insurance (AINS) and the Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations. He plans to complete his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in the near future.
Associate Portfolio Specialist
AEGON Asset Management
Matt graduated in May 2014 with a degree in Finance and the RMI Certificate. He currently works for Aegon Asset Management in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as an Associate Portfolio Specialist. Prior to starting full-time, Matt interned with Aegon in their product development group. He also interned with Principal Global Investors and served as an equity analyst for the University of Iowa Krause Fund. Matt is currently pursuing the Level III Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Regional Director, Business Development
Lakeshore Region,Presence Health
Nick Waggoner, BBA ’10 FIN, RMI Certificate, MHA ‘12
Nick graduated from Iowa in May of 2010 with a degree in Finance and a Certificate in Risk Management & Insurance.Â Upon finishing his bachelor’s degree Nick began a Masters in Health Administration degree in the fall of 2010.Â In May of 2012, he graduated from the University of Iowa’s College of Public Heath with a Masters of Health Administration.Â Following graduation in 2012, Nick moved to Chicago and joined Presence Health through their Administrative Fellowship program.Â After holding roles in finance and operations post-fellowship he accepted his current role as Regional Director of Business Development in January of 2015.Â Nick has held previous positions with the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Centegra Health System, with experience ranging from hospital operations, finance, and strategy.Â Nick enjoys traveling, running, summer festivals, Chicago sports, and spending time with friends and family.
The IMT Group
Erin graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. Upon graduation, Erin accepted a position as a business analyst with The IMT Group, a property-casualty insurance company located in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she currently serves as marketing coordinator. Prior to graduating, Erin had an internship with Allied Insurance. While at Iowa, Erin was a member of Gamma Iota Sigma, serving various leadership roles throughout her membership. Erin currently holds an Associate in Insurance Services (AINS) designation and is working to obtain the CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.