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About Us

Bernon R. Erickson Jr., ASA, FCA, MAAA

Bernie founded AST with twenty-eight years of actuarial industry experience. AST is Bernie’s second start-up, having previously founded Actuarial Management Company (AMC) in 1996, the innovative actuarial consulting firm emphasizing insurance program management in concert with long-term, partnership-based clients, which became the industry standard for active actuarial and consultative insurance program management. Bernie and AMC became particularly known for turning problem blocks of business into successes, and lauded for producing monthly comprehensive and innovative analysis.

Before AMC, he was recruited as part of the executive team to build the fully insured business line for IHC, a New York Stock Exchange publicly traded company. He began as Chief Health Actuary, led a team of 25, performed valuation and product development activity for a diversified product line, and was responsible for underwriting performance. He became President of the Fully Insured Division, led a division of over 300 people within six operating companies, and was responsible for portfolio top and bottom lines and operating company results.

Curriculum Vitae A few words from Bernie

Tony Strazzara
Director of Actuarial Services

Tony began his actuarial career in March 2014 as a pricing analyst at Nationwide E&S/Specialty. After a successful 2.5 years with the Nationwide team, he joined Actuarial Strategies & Tactics in September of 2016. As an analyst, Tony took on client responsibilities and built ratemaking, reserving, and data tools. In 2018, Tony was promoted to Director of Actuarial Services, taking on direct reports and overseeing larger company-scale projects. Tony is also involved in industry events, attending the annual Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA) conferences and recently becoming a member of the SIIA Future Leaders committee. Before starting his actuarial career, Tony worked as a high school tutor, baseball coach, and commercial real estate agent. He attended the University of San Diego, where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration. He was also a four-year starter on the baseball team and continues to be an avid baseball fan today.

Katie Fricker
Actuarial Analyst

Katie joined the Actuarial Strategies & Tactics team as an Actuarial Intern in January of 2018. Prior to her employment at AST, Katie gained valuable industry experience and improved her technical skills as an Actuarial Intern at Nautilus Insurance Company in Scottsdale. Her most notable projects consisted of adjusting the property rating algorithm, simplifying and performing monthly pricing reports for new and renewal businesses, and assisting with state rate reviews and calculations. In addition to her part-time job at AST, Katie is a full-time student at Arizona State University’s Honors College, pursuing a B.S. in Actuarial Science with a minor in Risk Management and Insurance. Upon graduation, she anticipates attaining a M.S. in Actuarial Science and becoming an ASA within five years.

Alex Kirvan
Actuarial Analyst

Alex joined Actuarial Strategies & Tactics in August of 2018 as an actuarial intern. He is currently a full-time student in the honors college at Arizona State University, pursuing a BS in Actuarial Science with plans to get a MS in Actuarial Science. During his internship with the actuarial pricing team at Nationwide E&S/Specialty, Alex gained experience performing and analyzing rate indications, as well as modeling loss payment patterns. Alex has also spent time working alongside mathematics professors at ASU, studying the effectiveness of wave differential equations with respect to physical applications. He hopes to diversify his experiences within the actuarial field and gain a greater understanding of the consulting business while working at AST. Having passed actuarial exams FM and P, he plans to sit for IFM in November.

Kristen Agostinelli
Actuarial Analyst

Kristen joined Actuarial Strategies & Tactics as an Actuarial Analyst in February 2020. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in December 2019 with a BS in Applied Mathematics as well as minors in Applied Statistics and American Sign Language. While in school, she passed exams P and FM and plans to continue the ASA Exam track. Kristen gained experience prior to working at AST as an Actuarial Intern at Excellus BCBS where she projected the financial impact of new and upcoming Medicare reforms for the Medicare Advantage Actuarial Team. She is excited to learn more about the Health Insurance Industry through a consulting lens. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and trying new food.

Henry Meyers
Actuarial Analyst

Henry joined Actuarial Strategies & Tactics as an actuarial intern in February 2020. He will receive a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from Arizona State University in 2021 and plans to pursue a Master’s degree. To date he has passed exams P and FM and plans to sit for IFM in summer 2021. Henry has previously worked as an intern on a NASA research project, developing a small payload that was flown to more than 90,000 feet on a weather balloon and analyzing the data that was collected. During his time at AST he looks forward to developing a stronger understanding of the actuarial consulting field and the techniques and processes involved in it. In his free time, he loves to tinker, read, and play the drums.

Bianca Carrera
Executive and Administrative Assistant

Bianca joined AST as an Executive and Administrative Assistant and Human Resources Manager in May of 2020. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business in December of 2019 from Northern Arizona University (Yuma, AZ). She has worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years and has gained knowledge and hands on experience in administration, human resources, and customer service. On her free time, she enjoys reading and anything that gets her heart rate up. Bianca is excited for the new adventure working with AST and to experience what Scottsdale has to offer.

Luis Hernandez
Actuarial Analyst

Luis first joined Actuarial Strategies & Tactics January of 2019 as an actuarial Intern. Following his internship at AST, Luis spent his summer as a pricing intern at Allstate Insurance Company where he gained valuable knowledge on the rate-making process. He graduated from the Arizona State University with a B.S. in Actuarial Science May 2020 and joined as a full-time analyst June 2020. While in school, he passed both the P and FM exams and plans to pursue the ASA designation. Luis is excited about returning to AST as a full-time analyst and cannot wait to dive in and learn more about the healthcare and consulting industry.

Justin Gelvin
Actuarial Analyst

Justin rejoined Actuarial Strategies and Tactics in July 2020 after interning at AST the previous summer, having just finished a Master's in Statistics program at Northern Arizona University. During school, he passed the P, FM, IFM, and SRM exams. Justin is currently pursuing his ASA and plans on taking the STAM exam in October. In his spare time, Justin enjoys playing the piano, sitting down with a good book, and playing board games. Justin is excited about returning to AST and continuing to explore the healthcare and consulting world.

Amanda Lee
Actuarial Analyst

Amanda joined the Actuarial Strategies & Tactics team as our Summer intern. She decided to pursue a career in Actuarial Science while studying as a mathematics major at Pepperdine University, where she is expected to graduate from in December 2020. Amanda passed Exam P in January and is planning to sit for FM by the end of the year. Amanda also works part time as a research assistant for a project funded by the National Science Foundation where she analyzes the progress of students enrolled in the program around the world. In the Fall, she will be working alongside a Pepperdine mathematics professor researching group theory and topology. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends. Amanda is excited to gain experience as an actuarial intern this Summer and apply what she has learned to the medical insurance industry.

Lizzy Pierce
Actuarial Analyst

Lizzy joined AST as an intern in September 2020 after teaching high school math for 7 years in Montgomery, Alabama. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University of Alabama in 2012 and her MS in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2019. She has passed Exam P and plans to sit for Exam FM by the end of the year. Lizzy’s hobbies include Pure Barre, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her husband Tim and two dogs, Darcy and Mason. She is excited to learn more about the actuarial career through this opportunity at AST.