Vaughan Institute Young Alumni Board

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.

Vaughan Institute Young Alumni Board Members

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.

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 client’s employee benefit strategies. She enjoys attending Hawkeye football games, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.

Brian AppletonBrian Appleton
Appleton Companies

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.

Photo of Caitlin CarneyCaitlin Carney
Actuarial Analyst

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.

Photo of Austin DukeAustin Duke
Professional Liability Underwriter
Hiscox USA

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.

Alyssa FlammAlyssa Flamm
Underwriting Consultant
Arthur J. Gallagher

Joe HalleranJoe Halleran
Account Manager and Supervisor
Assurance Agency

Joe graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. He is currently an account manager and supervisor for the surety department at Assurance Agency while also working toward his surety designation (AFSB).

Photo of T.C. HeathTC Heath
Risk Analyst

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.

Jonathan JaegerJonathan Jaeger
Commercial Underwriter Trainee
Travelers Insurance

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.

Jaclyn JohnsonJaclyn Johnson
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.

Photo of Jason McKeeverJason McKeever
Life Underwriter
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.

Tyler ProbascoTyler Probasco
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.

Photo of Jon RaftisJon Raftis
Business Development Lead
Professional Solutions

Jon graduated in May 2010 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. He currently works in Clive, Iowa, as a business development lead for Professional Solutions, a member company of the NCMIC Group, Inc. family of companies, which specializes in underwriting malpractice insurance and commercial and personal insurance brokering services. Jon worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a commercial insurance brokerage, for two years prior to joining Professional Solutions. He earned an MBA through the Tippie nighttime program in Des Moines in May 2015. 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. Jon enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, golfing, reading, and college football. 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.

Kate RarickKate Rarick
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.

Photo of Dave RiglerDave Rigler
Investment Professional
Prospect Partners

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.

Photo of Adam StuchelAdam Stuchel
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 EMC’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.

Matt VogelMatt Vogel
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.

Nick WaggonerNick Waggoner
Regional Director, Business Development
Presence Health

Nick earned his BBA in finance and RMI Certificate in 2010, and in 2012 he graduated from the University of Iowa's College of Public Health with a master's of health administration (MHA). He joined Presence Health through their Administrative Fellowship Program and moved into his current role in 2013.

Photo of Erin WonsmosErin Wonsmos
Marketing Coordinator
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.