Delahanty Family Endowment for Excellence in Mathematics


Greg Leonberger

Greg Leonberger

"From Liabilities to Assets: The Benefits of an Actuarial Background"

206 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
April 18, 2016

Greg Leonberger is the director of research and a managing partner for Marquette Associates. An owner of the firm, Greg has been with the company since 2008 and has over 17 years of investment experience. He leads the firm's capital markets research and directs investment strategies and policies. He also chairs the firm's investment committee and discretionary services committee. He has authored numerous papers on portfolio strategy, asset allocation, and liability driven investing, and regularly consults with clients on these topics. Prior to joining Marquette, Greg was an actuarial consultant at Hewitt Associates for nine years where he consulted on all aspects of pension and post retirement welfare plans, including funding, accounting, strategy, design and regulatory compliance. Greg holds a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. with honors in analytic finance from the Univesity of Chicago Booth School of Business. Greg is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an enrolled actuary and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Michael A. Walters 

Michael Walters

"Actuarial Profession Opportunities for Notre Dame Students"

206 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
April 13, 2016

Michael A. Walters is a professional actuary, a Fellow and past president of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). He has a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He has written three CAS Proceedings Papers that were on the CAS exam syllabus on: risk classification, homeowners ratemaking and catastrophe risk. He retired as a senior partner of Tillinghast-Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), the largest independent actuarial and benefits consulting firm in the world. Previously he was senior vice president and chief actuary at Insurance Services Office, the nation's leading property/casualty insurance ratemankg and statistical organization.

Andrew Behnke

Andrew Behnke

"Actuaries and their role in retirement plans"

203 Debartolo, 5:00 p.m.
February 22, 2016

Mr. Behnke graduated from University of Michigan in May of 2001. He was hired shortly after graduation by Midwest Pension Actuaries, Inc. (MPA). During his first couple of years, Mr. Behnke spent time as an actuarial administrator, but left MPA for a short period in 2005-2006 to explore other actuarial job opportunities in large company plan administration.

After his return to MPA in the Fall of 2006, Mr. Behnke started his course study to obtain the Enrolled Actuary (EA) designation and became an EA in 2010. Mr. Behnke’s job responsibilities include designing retirement small business and the administration of these retirement plans.

Andrew Karl 

Andrew Karl

“Where quantitative skills can take you after ND - An independent contractor’s perspective”

206 DeBartolo, 5:00 p.m. 
February 10, 2016 

Andrew Karl graduated from Notre Dame in 2008 as an honors math major and completed his Ph.D. in statistics from Arizona State in 2012. Through consulting and teaching short courses as a subcontractor with Adsurgo LLC, Dr. Karl has had the opportunity to work with pharmaceutical, military, technology, manufacturing, and government customers in a broad spectrum of areas including text mining, forecasting, data mining, experimental design, and process control. He has also remained active in academics, contracting on a National Science Foundation grant, serving as a journal referee, and publishing peer-reviewed articles on computation of non-nested multivariate generalized linear mixed models, parallel random number generation, value-added models for teacher evaluation, text mining, and football rankings.


Mary Jo Kannon

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“Analytics, Predictive Modeling, and Data Science: Hype or Holy Grail? What an aspiring actuary needs to know.”

125 Hayes Healy Center, 5:30 p.m. 
December 8, 2015

Most recently the VP of Data Analytics for ESIS, ACE Group’s Third Party Administra-
tor of claims services, she oversaw the overall data strategy in addition to managing the strategic outcomes and business intelligence teams. Using sophisticated tools and predicitive modeling, these teams provide benchmarking and analytic services to Fortune 500 clients, including customized scorecards, benchmarking targets, and loss cost root cause analysis.

With over 25 years of commercial insurance experience, she has a broad understand-
ing of the industry and processes that support its development, service delivery, and measurement of results. Her background includes risk management consulting, P&C actuarial pricing and reserving, data quality and operations re-engineering.

Tom Totten 

Tom Totten

"Math + Entrepreneurial Intent sometimes = C Suite"

229 Hayes-Healy Center, 7:00 p.m.
October 15, 2015

Mr. Totten is an actuary and chief executive officer of Nyhart, one of the nation’s larg-
est independent actuarial firms. As the firm’s senior executive, he oversees the opera-
tion and strategic growth of the growing company in addition to continuing to consult as a senior actuary to a variety of national companies.

Mr. Totten has a broad background in defined benefit and defined contribution con-
sulting and is regularly turned to by CEOs, CFOs, and boards of directors on retire-
ment and other employee benefit strategies, consulted with a number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as groups like local utilities and church organizations. He previously worked for the international actuarial firm Hewitt Associates, where he served as an actuarial consultant and at United Actuarial Services as chief health care actuary, consulting with Taft-Hartley plans for health care and pensions.

Joe Celentano

Joe Celentano

"How to Succeed after Notre Dame, Real World Experiences Shared"

127 Hayes-Healy Center, 4:40 p.m.
October 14, 2015

Mr. Celentano was named Chief Risk Officer in 2012 and serves as senior vice presi-
dent, Enterprise Risk Management. In this role Mr. Celentano oversees the company’s risk appetite across all business lines and is responsible for identifying, assessing and prioritizing risks across the organization and chairs the Finance and Risk Manage-
ment Committee. He also oversees the development of economic capital measures.

Mr. Celentano joined Pacific Life in 1992 as assistant vice president, Product Man-
agement, in the Institutional Products Division. In 1999, he was promoted to vicepresident, Structured Products, and was named senior vice president, Product Man-
agement, for the Investment Management Division in 2006.

Chris Dougherty



"Traditional and non-traditional insurance roles for the analytically inclined"

127 Hayes-Healy Center
October 8, 2015

Mr. Dougherty is Chief Operating Officer, having previously served as XL Group’s Executive Vice President of Underwriting and Ceded Reinsurance where he coordi-
nated insurance underwriting portfolio strategy. Having worked as an underwriter, actuary and risk officer throughout his 20-year career, he has a strong combination of experience and insight. Chris joined XL Group in 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer for Insurance operations and was responsible for overseeing global financial reporting and planning, accounting, budgeting and financial analysis. Before joining XL, he held a variety of senior positions in both the insurance and reinsurance sectors, including Chief Risk Officer of Axis Capital Holding Limited’s reinsurance segment.


Charles C. Emma, FCAS, MAAA

Charles Emma (Delahanty Lecture)

"Ask the Actuaries Seminar: Careers as a casualty actuary"

127 Hayes-Healy Center, 5:00 p.m.
October 28, 2014

Come learn about the many career opportunities as a casualty actuary and the activities of the Casualty Actuary Society (CAS). Significant time will be available for questions and one-on-one discussions.

Mr. Emma is a managing principal with EVP Advisors, Inc. and has over 25 years experience of actuarial experience.
He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Mr. Emma is a
1984 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is affiliated with the CAS/University Liaison program.

Andrew Hiles, FAS, MAAA

Andrew Hiles (Delahanty Lecture)

"Ask the Actuaries Seminar: Actuarial Careers in Post-Health Care Reform America"
127 Hayes-Healy Center, 4:30 p.m.
October 12, 2014

Prior roles include:

  • National Benefits Leader, McKinsey & Company (management consulting), where he served health systems, carriers and employers in the development of new products and in the review of the efficiency of their benefit programs
  • National and regional leadership roles at Towers Watson and Aon Hewitt (benefit consulting), where he served employer clients in the development of long-term benefit strategies that met corporate goals for talent (attraction/retention), worker productivity and financial efficiency

Notable accomplishments:

  • Served as lead benefit strategy consultant to numerous major employers across all industries
  • Applied forward-looking procurement techniques to the assessment of carrier fees
  • Partnered with economists from the John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Health to develop methods helping employers assess cultural and socioeconomic health care disparities in their workforce
  • Member of the National Business Group of Health’s “Health Inequities Advisory Board”
  • Member of Wellpoint’s “Health Disparities Advisory Board”

Jeremy Pecora, FCAS, MAAA

Jeremy Pecora, Delahanty Family Lecture

"Rising in the Actuarial Profession through the CAS" (790kb PDF)
127 Hayes-Healy Center, 4:30 p.m.
March 26, 2014

Mr. Pecora is a senior actuarial consultant with the Risk Consulting and Software business of Towers Watson and currently manages its Detroit office. Mr. Pecora has authored articles in Best’s Weekly and has contributed to the Captive Insurance Company Reports (CICR). Mr. Pecora received a M.S. in pure mathematics from West Virginia University and a B.S. in mathematics from Fairmont State College. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


David E. Delahanty, ASA and Nicole Delahanty, FSA, CIMA

David Delahanty

"Ask the Actuaries Seminar: What does an actuary do? Hear from the experts." (754kb PDF)
127 Hayes-Healy Center, 7:00 p.m.
November 27, 2012

Studying mathematics, statistics and business can lead to certification as an actuary. Today’s actuaries help make critical business decisions in a surprising variety of areas. Learn more from the experts at our Ask the Actuaries Seminar.

Mr. David Delahanty is an associate of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the Health, Pension and Actuary of the Future Sections of the Society of Actuaries; an enrolled actuary in the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and American Academy of Actuaries (former); and a Senior Consultant for Towers Watson. Mr. Delahanty is a 1986 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Nicole Delahanty

Ms. Nicole Delahanty is a principal and senior consultant at Jeffrey Slocum & Associates, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Commerce Honors in actuarial science from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Business Administration from Augsburg College. Ms. Delahanty holds the Certified Investment Manager Analyst (CIMA) designation through the Investment Management Consultants Association, the designation of Enrolled Actuary under ERISA, and became Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 2002.


Hal Stern, Ph.D.

Hal Stern

Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean and Professor of Statistics
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

"The Bowl Champion Series: Still Crazy After All These Years" (640kb PDF)
Jordan Hall of Science, room 101 - 4:00 p.m.
December 9, 2011

The college football national championship for the highest level of competition is decided by a complicated arrangement called the Bowl Championship Series (also known as the BCS) that has been developed over the last 15 years. It remains a source of great controversy every fall as teams rise and fall in the rankings and thereby increase or decrease their chance of playing for the championship. A recent book called “Death to the BCS” raised a number of economic and political issues associated with the controversy. This talk reviews the history of rating teams and discusses statistical issues associated with the BCS. This includes a discussion of alternative methods for rating teams and alternative approaches for choosing a champion.