2017 Election Slate
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2017 IABA Election Slate


Tenesia McGruder, FSA, MAAA

Vice President

Jamala Arland, FSA, MAAA


Kristin Johnson


Kwame Davis, FCAS, MAAA

Student Liaison

Paulus Ackah


Stephen Abrokwah, Ph.D., ASA, CERA, MAAA
Nicassia Belton


President/Director - Tenesia McGruder, FSA, MAAA 

Tenesia is an Actuarial Consultant at Optum. Prior to joining Optum, she worked as an Actuarial Analyst at Anthem, and also worked in Pension Consulting at Towers Watson. Tenesia graduated from the Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Actuarial Science and she received her Fellowship designation in 2014. Tenesia has served as Foundation President, Atlanta Affiliate Leader, Student Liaison, Scholarship Chair, and on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee of the International Association of Black Actuaries.



Vice President/Director - Jamala Arland, FSA, MAAA 

Jamala is Vice President and Actuary for Long Term Care Inforce Management at Genworth Financial. She has had prior roles at Genworth in life valuation and annuity pricing. Prior to joining Genworth, she worked at Ernst & Young LLP in New York, NY. Jamala was born and raised in Barbados, and graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2003 with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Actuarial Science and Statistics. She got her Fellowship designation in 2008. Jamala has served as Treasurer, Secretary, Mentoring Chair, and on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee of the International Association of Black Actuaries. She is also a member of the Society of Actuaries’ Long Term Care Council and the American Academy of Actuaries’ Long Term Care Reform Subcommittee. Jamala enjoys playing tennis. 


Treasurer/Director - Kristin Johnson

Kristin is an Actuarial Associate at Brighthouse Financial. Prior to joining Brighthouse, she worked as an Analyst with Prudential and also worked in Risk Management for GE Capital. Kristin graduated from the South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and continued her education at the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University where she obtained a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. Kristin has served as a Boot Camp Presenter and is on the Finance and Scholarship Committees for the International Association of Black Actuaries.


Secretary - Kwame Davis, FCAS, MAAA

Kwame is a consulting actuary with Willis Towers Watson. He hails from Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the US in 2001. He is a Howard University alum of class 2005 and serves on the board for the center for insurance education. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He currently serves as co-chair for the DC affiliate for the last few years. He also currently serves on the joint committee on encouragement of actuarial diversity, CAS diversity and webinar committees. He has also been a champion of Diversity initiatives at his employer, Willis Towers Watson involved with recruiting and various inclusion initiatives. 


Student Liaison - Paulus Ackah

Paulus was born in Ghana and moved to the United States in 2012. He is a first generation senior at Georgia State University and serves on the Board of Directors for the Student Alumni Association. He is also a 2016 recipient of the IABA Scholarship. Before receiving the scholarship, he was a member of the 2015 IABA Boot Camp class. Paulus is passionate about motivating people and helping them to reach their goals. Last year, he was an intern at Prudential Financial. Currently, he is an intern at Lincoln Financial Group.




Director - Stephen Abrokwah, Ph.D., ASA, CERA, MAAA

Stephen is as an Assistant Vice President and Marketing Actuary at Swiss Re and has been with the company since 2013. Stephen serves as the primary point of contact for quoting, treaty and mortality consulting work for his clients, and has also been a part of the Swiss Re team focused on the middle market strategy, predictive analytics, and assisting clients with innovative ways of closing the mortality protection gap. Prior to Swiss Re, Stephen worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers within the Audit and Assurance line of business, specializing in the audit of companies within the financial services as well as the energy and mining industries across the West African sub region. Stephen holds a Doctorate degree in Economics with fields of specialization including International Economics, Development Economics, and Econometrics. He also holds the ASA and CERA actuarial credentials and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. His research publications range from issues pertaining to Social Health insurance to Accelerated Underwriting and Predictive Analytics in life insurance.

Director - Nicassia Belton 

Nicassia is the Associate Director of Precollege programs at the University of Maryland. She spearheaded the development and implementation of the first BSc program in Actuarial Science at a Historically Black Institution in 2008 and first IABA student-led affiliate in 2012. She has served on the Corporate Advisory Council and chaired the Education Committee for IABA since 2010. In 2012, she founded the IABA Boot Camp, now in its fourth year. Nicassia has been a Board member for IABA since 2013. Nicassia holds a MS in Mathematics with a specialization in Computational Finance from Purdue University, a BSc in Mathematics from Morgan State University and currently completing her doctoral degree in Mathematics Education.


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