Our People

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The Academy of Life Underwriting (ALU) is staffed by 64 volunteers—62 professional underwriters, most with many years of experience, and two talented medical directors. All of them can serve because of support provided by the companies for whom they work. These volunteers produce the educational program specifically designed for the professional home office underwriter.

They develop and maintain current and appropriate courses of study for use in underwriting education. In addition, they prepare and administer the ALU exams which test students’ underwriting knowledge. In the area of continuing education, the committee members provide several webinars annually which provide training on underwriting topics and they also facilitate an annual underwriting forum which provides a venue for senior underwriting personnel to discuss topics of interest.

ALU Board of Directors

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The 2021-2022 ALU Board of Directors:

Chair

Jennifer Johnson, FALU,  CLU, FLMI, FLHC

RGA Reinsurance Company
ALU Past President

 

Jodi McDonald, FALU, FLMI, ACS

Hannover Life Reinsurance Co. America
ALU President

 

Secretary

Susan Hutchison

PartnerRe
Representative of CIU

Treasurer

Tim Ranfranz

Northwestern Mutual
Representative of AHOU

 

 

Catie Muccigrosso, FALU, FLMI, ARA, ACS

RGA Reinsurance Company
Representative of OTR

 

Doreen Brynga, FALU

Voya
ALU Treasurer

 

 

Tanya Trachenko, MD, FALU

Wawanesa Life Insurance Company
ALU Secretary

 

Irina Butler

AMS
ALU Managing Director

 

 

Kevin Cunningham, FALU, FLMI, CLU, ChFC

Lincoln Financial Group
OTR Manager, Publishing and Circulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALU Executive Group

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The 2021-2022 ALU Executive Group:

ALU President

Jodi McDonald, FALU, FLMI, ACS

Hannover Life Reinsurance Co. America

ALU Past President

Jennifer Johnson, FALU,  CLU, FLMI, FLHC

RGA Reinsurance Company

Secretary

Tanya Trachenko, MD, FALU

Wawanesa Life Insurance Company

Treasurer

Doreen Brynga, FALU

Voya

Meeting Planner

Ann Day, FALU, FLMI

Woodmen Life

Website Manager

Andrew Langemeier, FALU, FLMI

Assurity

Director of Curriculum

Norm Leblond, FALU

Sun Life Financial

Director of Exams

Michael R. Hill, FALU, FLMI

RGA Reinsurance Company

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Director of Underwriting Development and Education Committee

Julia Wysong, FALU, FLMI

New York Life

Director of Marketing

Angie Reedy, FALU, FLMI

Country Financial

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ALU Coordinators

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The 2021-2022 ALU Coordinators are:

ALU 101 ALU 201
Sabrina Porter, FALU, FLMI, ACS Debbie Dias, FALU, FLMI, ARA, BA
Swiss Re Canada Life Reinsurance
ALU 202 ALU 301
Marcel Padilla, FALU, FLMI, FLHC, ACS, MBA Sandy Jenum, FALU, CLU, HIA, RICP
iA Financial Group Riversource Life Insurance Company
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Roberta Scott, FALU, FLMI, ACS
Woodmen Life

ALU Past Presidents

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There have been 15 presidents of the Education Committee. The past ALU presidents are:

  • Art Taylor (1974)
  • Ben Currier (1977)
  • Bill Phillips (1980)
  • Bob Hale (1983)
  • Dale Johnson (1987)
  • Joe Dahl (1990)
  • Barb Lutz (1993)
  • Gloria Flattum (1996)
  • Roland Paradis (1999)
  • Brian Pray (2002)
  • Marty Meyer (2005)
  • Lee Janecek (2008)
  • Margaret Taff (2011)
  • Frank Goetz (2014)
  • Jennifer Johnson (2017)

In 2012, the Education Committee incorporated as a separate organization.  Jodi McDonald (2020) is the current ALU President.