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 2019 Officer/Director bios 



President/Director - Tenesia McGruder, FSA, MAAA

Tenesia is an Actuary at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. She has had several roles prior to joining Blue Cross including Actuarial Consultant at Optum, Actuarial Analyst at Anthem, and Pension Consultant 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. She is an avid traveler and has been to all seven continents.






Vice President/Director - Dwayne Husbands, FSA, CFA, MAAA
Dwayne Husbands, FSA, CFA, MAAA is a Manager in the Insurance and Actuarial Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Office. He is based in the firm’s New York Office. Dwayne has over 10 years of experience with Ernst & Young serving insurance and financial services clients. His skill set includes risk management, forecasting/stress testing, financial reporting, ALM, Actuarial Transformation, merger & acquisitions. Dwayne is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). Dwayne has also been involved in IABA since 2014, assisting in efforts to develop an Actuarial Ambassador Program (AAP) to promote the actuarial profession and foster the development of black actuarial students on college campuses. Dwayne has since established and instituted an AAP program at Florida State University, organizing case studies as well as sessions for students focused on career development and advice, personal branding, soft-skills, etc. Dwayne is a native of Toronto, ON and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, majoring in Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo.


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 - Gloria Gilliam, ACAS, MAAA

Gloria Gilliam, ACAS, MAAA is a manager at Deloitte Consulting. Prior to joining Deloitte, she spent seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she focused on reserving for large P&C commercial insurers. Gloria has a B.S. in Mathematics & Economics from University of Delaware, a M.A. in Mathematics from University of Pittsburgh and is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society. Gloria became involved with IABA in 2010 after graduate school. She served as the leader of the Volunteer Coordination Committee from 2015-2018 and is currently the secretary.  In addition to her work with IABA, Gloria is also the current president of the Casualty Actuaries of the MidAtlantic Region (CAMAR).



Student Liaison - Ama Kissiwaa Ampadu-Kissi, ASA

Ama currently works as an Investment Analyst at Prudential, where she supports the Global Portfolio Management Team. She is an Associate Actuary and has a Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Illinois State University, and a Bachelors in Mathematics with Computer Science from the University of Ghana. Prior to joining Prudential, Ama was a Data Analyst Intern with RR Donnelley, and a Teaching/Research Assistant at the University of Ghana and Illinois State University. She is a previous IABA Scholarship recipient and a past Boot Camp participant. She also currently volunteers as a student mentor and took part in one of IABA’s Research Initiatives.








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

Stephen is a Vice President, Marketing Actuary at Swiss Re. At Swiss Re, Stephen is responsible for building business relationships, driving and delivering strategy with US based L&H insurance carriers. He also serves as the primary point of contact for pricing, treaty negotiations, predictive analytics, accelerated underwriting, and mortality consulting work for his clients. Stephen has over 8 years work experience in the financial services industry, spanning audit consulting, direct insurance and reinsurance, with international experience, and started out his career with PwC in Ghana, where he served clients in the West-African sub-region. Stephen holds a Doctorate degree in Applied Economics and currently has a total of 7 academic and industry focused peer-reviewed research publications. He's a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.



Director - Alan Newsome, FSA, MAAA

Alan Newsome, FSA, MAAA is an AVP & Senior Actuary in Corporate Financial Risk Management at Voya Financial in West Chester, PA. His specialties include ALM, hedging strategy and operations, and liquidity and credit analytics. Alan is a graduate and trustee of Lebanon Valley College, and he recently received the Young Alumni Award in recognition of his professional achievements and service to the college. He currently contributes to the actuarial community by serving on the Society of Actuaries Project Oversight Group on Reinvestment Strategies of Life Insurance Products. He has previously served as both a vice chair and senior consultant for the actuarial CFE I exam, as a member of the 2017 Lebanon Valley College Math Sciences curriculum review committee, and a presenter of actuarial topics to audiences ranging from high school students to credentialed actuaries. Outside of his profession, Newsome’s philanthropic work also includes serving as a member of the Board of Advisors for Artists for Humanity Inc., member of the Board of Directors for World Unity Inc., and board member of his HOA in Bryn Mawr, PA.


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.




Director - Monique Hacker-Patterson, FSA, MAAA 

Monique is a Corporate Vice President & Actuary at New York Life Insurance Company in Tampa, FL. She continues to serve on the Board of IABA since being elected in January, 2013. Monique also served in the Vice President role and chaired the Annual Meeting Planning Committee from 2010 - 2012. Monique has been a member of IABA since 2009. After moving from Jamaica, Monique graduated from Binghamton University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Economics.





Director - Ugo Okpewho, FSA, MAAA

Ugo Okpewho, FSA, MAAA is a Health Consulting Actuary at Aon, based in New York City. He is responsible for all financial analyses for his clients – including but is not limited to, budget projections, contribution analyses, data surveys, data analysis, data manipulation, modelling and validation of client information. He is also responsible for the application of statistical and mathematical methodologies to evaluate the efficiency of healthcare programs as well as the management of budgeting and cost-cutting initiatives that directly influence client healthcare performance. Ugo has over 17 years of experience. He first began working in the healthcare industry in 2000, and joined Aon in 2016. Prior, he was employed at multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance carriers in various actuarial health pricing, reserving, forecasting and financial roles. Most recently, he led the Individual market for a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) transition, pricing and rate filing process. He was also employed at a national Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) as the Chief Actuary performing Medicare bid pricing and forecasting. He also served as a consulting health actuary performing employer renewals, reserving and actuarial research and publications at a global actuarial and benefits consulting firm. Ugo moved to the USA from Nigeria and earned his bachelor’s degree in Financial Analysis/Math from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).


Executive Director - Kate Weaver

Kate brings over 15 years of project management and marketing experience to IABA. Kate graduated with a double major in Marketing and Management from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Upon exiting a career in Sports Marketing and Event Management, Kate returned to school to receive her Master's in Education. She taught Marketing and Career Training in Connecticut public high schools for 5 years. She has been assisting  IABA in outreach, education and development initiatives since 2009.



Friends of the Board
Jonathan Applewhite, FSA, MAAA
Jamala Arland, FSA, MAAA, CFA
Nkenge Blue, FSA, MAAA
Adrian Cox, FSA, MAAA
Maambo Mujala, FSA, MAAA
Anthony Weatherspoon, ASA, MAAA

Committee Chairs
Annual Meeting Chairs - Nicole Harrington, ACAS & Jasmine Johnson
Boot Camp Chair - James King, ACAS
Data Management Chairs - James Laate & Loic Fonkoua
Finance Chair - Kristin Johnson
Membership Chair - Stephen Cameron, FSA, MAAA
Mentoring Chair - Anthony Muturi, FSA, MAAA
Newsletter Chair - Guillaume Moussa
Scholarship Chair - Adrian Cox, FSA
Social Media Chairs - Nikaya Smith & Koyin Aladesuru
Surveys Chair - Nathan Olander
Technology Chair -Alida Rwabalinda & Justin Tiendrebeogo
Volunteer Chair - Kendra Letang, ACAS & Kamal Harris, FSA

Affiliate Leaders
Atlanta - Jessica Morse, ASA, MAAA & Imani Federick
Bay Area, CA - Marquita Richardson
Boston - Efua Mantey, ACAS & Michelle Muzulu, ACAS
Chicago - Arthur Pryor
DC - Turayo Tijani
Hartford - Brandon Rosemond & Rodrigue Djikeuchi
Houston - Brandon Wright, FSA, MAAA
Montreal - Brice Simo & Christelle Guenaing
New York/New Jersey - Nkenge Blue, ASA, MAAA, Lea Peters
Ohio Region - Kwabena Acheampong-Boamah, ASA, MAAA
Seattle - Veronica Fontama, FSA, MAAA
Toronto - Gloria Asare, ACAS, MAAA

Student Ambassador Program Leaders
Baruch College (New York Life)
Florida State University (EY)
Morgan State University (Travelers) - Jamyra Tingle-Baltimore
St. John's College (New York Life)

Featured Member
Nigel HaleNigel Works at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in Risk Mgt; he is pursuing the ASA designation!!

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