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Actuarial Instructors

  • Aileen Conlon Lyle

    Aileen Conlon Lyle

    MAAA, FCAS; MCFAM Actuarial Lecturer & Academic Advisor

    Ms. Lyle is responsible for teaching actuarial classes for MCFAM, as well as advising actuarial students on academic issues and providing career counseling. She is also involved in developing partnerships with the actuarial business sector. Ms. Lyle has over thirty years of actuarial expertise in the property/casualty and health insurance industries. She has worked for Milliman, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Travelers Companies, and CNA. She has extensive experience in pricing, product development, reserving and financial forecasting for both property/casualty and health insurance products. She is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. She has a Bachelors of Science in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She is a board member for several non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities, and is a commissioner for the city of Woodbury, MN.

  • Breanne Richins

    Breanne Richins

    FSA and MCFAM Senior Actuarial Program Specialist

    Breanne Richins is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Prior to joining MCFAM she worked at Securian Financial Group as an Associate Actuary for 10 years. Ms. Richins has broad actuarial experience including individual life pricing and product development, economic valuation of liabilities and actuarial modeling of new and existing products. She received her Bachelor degree in Statistics with an emphasis in Actuarial Science from Brigham Young University. She teaches Theory of Interest and Actuarial Mathematics in the University of Minnesota’s Actuarial Mathematics program.  She also advises actuarial students on their careers and research projects and supports actuarial program development within MCFAM.

  • Doreen Vescelius

    Doreen Vescelius

    MCFAM Actuarial Program Specialist & Academic Advisor

    Doreen Vescelius is responsible for coordination and instruction of a writing intensive practicum course for MCFAM students, in collaboration with the local actuarial community. She supports actuarial students as an advisor on academic and career issues and mentors the Travelers Case Competition team. Ms Vescelius is a veteran of the program through the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics, having  graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Actuarial Specialization in 2012. Her path to academics included a three decade detour, through the world of complex chronic health management and extensive work with young people, including supervisory work in the Richfield School district and seven years as Advancement Chair for Boyscout Troop 84. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in statistics and public health, in alignment with strong commitment to development of capable actuarial graduates and personal research interests.

  • Katherine Kovarik

    Katherine Kovarik

    MCFAM Assistant Professor

    Dr. Katherine Kovarik teaches actuarial and financial mathematics courses for MCFAM.  Before joining MCFAM full time,  she taught Mathematics as an Adjunct Professor for the past 12 years at a variety of Universities including the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and Pace University in New York City.  Katherine has also worked in the fields of risk management as well as a staff economist.  She was with Merrill Lynch in New York City from 1999-2003 as Vice President of Market Risk Management covering Equity Derivatives and prior to that in the Equity Derivatives Product Control area.  She worked as a Staff Economist in the Energy Group at Christensen Associates in Madison Wisconsin from 1995-1997.  She has a PhD in Mathematics Education from Columbia University (2008), a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1999) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Michigan (1995).

  • Instructors

    Thomas Schwartzbauer

    MCFAM Teaching Specialist

    Tom Schwartzbauer is a Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota. He teaches Theory of Interest in the Actuarial Science Program, and also works with the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP). He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Notre Dame, and his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. He retired from The Ohio State University after teaching Mathematics for 25 years. His major interests outside of Mathematics are classical music, as well as German and Austrian culture, literature and language.