Alumni

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.

The Vaughan Institute Young Alumni Board is accepting applications until March 18, 2016. Complete and submit the online form to be considered for a position on this elected board.

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: Dave Rigler, Erin Wonsmos, Brian Appleton, Jason McKeever, Adam Stuchel, Tyler Probasco; Front row L to R: Matt Vogel, Austin Neimanis, Caitlin Carney, Kate Seward-Rarick, Alyssa Flamm, Jaclyn Johnson, Nick Waggoner, Jon Raftis

Hover over each individual's photo below to view more biographical information.

Brian AppletonBrian Appleton
Owner
Appleton Companies


Brian earned a degree in finance and a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance in 2006. He currently works in the transportation division at TrueNorth Companies in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 2013, he started Grow Program, which provides education, consulting, and management programs for insurance agents online along with an industry-leading blog and podcast.

Photo of Caitlin CarneyCaitlin Carney
Actuarial Analyst
Valuation

Caitlin graduated in 2014 with a degree in Actuarial Science and a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance. After graduation, she started 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 getting her Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) designation.

Photo of Alyssa FlammAlyssa Flamm
Underwriting Consultant
Arthur J. Gallagher

Alyssa graduated in May 2011 with a degree in finance and a RMI certificate. Following graduation, she accepted an underwriting consultant positon with Arthur J. Gallagher. 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, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Photo of Caitlin CarneyJoe Halleran
Client Service Manager
Assurance Agency

Joe graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance. He is currently a client service manager for the surety department at Assurance Agency and is also working toward his surety designation (AFSB).

Jaclyn JohnsonJaclyn Johnson
Professional Liability Account Executive
Zurich North America

Jaclyn received her BBA in finance and RMI certificate in 2011. Jaclyn holds a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation and is working toward the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Jason McKeeverJason McKeever
Life Underwriter
Principal Financial Group

Jason graduated in 2007 with a degree in finance and a RMI certificate. Following graduation, Jason joined the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, and currently works as a life underwriter.

Austin NeimanisAustin Neimanis
Associate
Principal Financial Group

Austin graduated in 2014 with a degree in finance, a RMI certificate and a certificate in Leadership Studies. Austin’s current rotation as an associate within the Leadership Development Rotational Program 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 program in Des Moines.

Tyler ProbascoTyler Probasco
Commercial Lines Underwriter
United Fire Group

Tyler graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and a RMI certificate. As a student, Tyler had an internship with Millhiser-Smith and United Fire Group, and continues working there today. Tyler currently holds the Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designation. He was a recipient of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Presidential Scholarship. Tyler enjoys working out, playing racquetball and going to Hawkeye football games with his wife Kristin.

Jon RaftisJon Raftis
Business Development Manager
Professional Solutions Insurance Services

Jon graduated in May 2010 with a degree in Finance and a RMI certificate. He completed his MBA in May 2015. After graduation, Jon worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. He currently works in Clive, Iowa, for Professional Solutions. As an undergraduate student at Tippie, Jon had a great experience being involved in the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance and Gamma Iota Sigma. Jon enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, running, golfing and college football. Jon is honored to be a part of the Vaughan Institute Young Alumni Board and is excited to help enhance the experiences of current and future Vaughan students.

Dave RiglerDave Rigler
Investment Professional
Prospect Partners

Dave graduated with high distinction in 2008 with a degree in finance and a RMI certificate. He is currently pursuing his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Before graduate school, Dave worked in Chicago as a financial analyst at Dresner Partners, and later as a financial analyst in the Healthcare Group at Houlihan Lokey. In 2011 he joined Prospect Partners. In his spare time, Dave enjoys traveling, running, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities with friends and family.

Kate Seward-RarickKate Seward-Rarick
Senior Commercial Underwriter
Nationwide Insurance Company

Kate graduated from Iowa in 2009 with a degree in marketing and a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance. Once she graduated she moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and started working for Allied Insurance. She started in claims handling non-injury automobile accidents and within a year she was promoted to handling claims involving injuries. She moved to Nationwide Agribusiness, where she now handles middle-market accounts with a niche in fuel, fiber and food. Kate lives in Ankeny, Iowa with her husband and enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and finding new trails to run on.

Adam StuchelAdam Stuchel
Commercial Lines Product Management Analyst
EMC Insurance Companies

Adam graduated in 2011 with a degree in finance and a RMI certificate. After graduation Adam joined EMC Insurance Companies working as a commercial lines underwriter. He moved to EMC's Home Office Product Management Department in 2015. 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 a RMI certificate. As a student, Matt interned with Aegon in their Product Development group, and now works at Aegon full time. 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
Lakeshore Region,Presence Health

Nick graduated in May 2010 with a degree in finance and a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance. In May 2012, he received his Master in Health Administration at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. He moved to Chicago and joined Presence Health through their Administrative Fellowship program. 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. Nick enjoys traveling, running, summer festivals, Chicago sports and spending time with friends and family.

Erin WonsmosErin Wonsmos
Marketing Coordinator
The IMT Group

Erin graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and a RMI certificate. Upon graduation, Erin accepted a position as a business analyst with The IMT Group in West Des Moines, Iowa. While at Tippie, 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 Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.