Our Actuarial And Analytics Experts
Patty SimpsonChairman, CEO & Founder
Ellen PageChief Administrative Officer, Treasurer and Partner
Dave BentonPartner & Chief Human Resources Officer
KC ChoPartner, 1st Vice President
Derek MulderSenior Director
Dan KarrowSenior Director
Rachel ScharbachRecruiting Coordinator
Clifton FreiDirector, Client Development
Crystal WatkinsSenior Coordinator, Client Development
Chris ZdenekManager, Operations
Rogelio NavarroOperations Assistant
Safa YalazOperations Assistant
Arturo AguileraSocial Media Specialist
Chairman, CEO & Founder
Patty co-founded DW Simpson with her late husband, David W. Simpson, in 1989. She established the focus of the firm to actuarial recruiting, and as managing partner for 20 years, Patty has managed and trained staff, which numbers over 50 across the globe today. Patty’s current role focuses on strategic operations for DW Simpson.
In addition, over the years Patty has made presentations on a variety of topics at both Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society meetings. She has also been featured in many Actuarial Digest roundtable?discussions and other trade publications. She is also a speaker and member of the PWC Actuarial Woman’s and Diversity Forum, 2016 – present.
Patty graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in business from the University of Minnesota. Her first role out of college was as an options stock clerk on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options exchange with the investment banking firm of Drexel Burnham & Lambert. Outside the office, Patty serves on several boards, including the Woman’s Boards of The Joffrey Ballet and The Alliance Francais. She served as the Chairman of the Leadership Committee at Lyce’e Francais de Chicago from 2010-2014 and has served on committees of both the Women’s Athletic Club of Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet. In addition, from 2008-2011, Patty served as vice chairman for “Fueled By The Fallen,” a 501-C3 service organization that aids Military members, public safety personnel, and their families. Patty was nominated and joined the Society of Actuaries Employers Council in 2020. In addition, she is serving as a member of the external advisory board for the Columbia University MS program in Actuarial Science.
Chief Administrative Officer, Treasurer and Partner
Ellen currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer and is a Partner of D.W. Simpson. As CAO, Ellen oversees D.W. Simpson’s financial and operational functions.
Ellen joined the company in 1998. From that time until August 2011 when she moved into her current role as CAO, she worked as a recruiter. In her 13 years of recruiting actuaries, Ellen’s primary role was full scope candidate recruitment and client management for the company.
Graduating from DePaul University in Chicago, Ellen earned a bachelor’s degree in Music with a specialization in Flute Performance.
Ellen lives with her husband in the Milwaukee area and splits her time between her Wisconsin home and our Chicago office. Outside of work she is continually on the hunt for a good recipe to try and relishes time with friends and family.
Partner & Chief Human Resources Officer
Dave re-joined DW Simpson Global Actuarial Recruitment in 2007 as Director – Retained Search Services after five years in an actuarial recruiting capacity for an insurance company and consulting firm. Dave was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer in March of 2017. As DW Simpson’s CHRO, he oversees all aspects of the company’s human resources management including industry processes, policies, and operations. He originally began his career with DW Simpson in 1996 as a Recruiter.
He spent six years working with individuals at all levels and within all actuarial disciplines as well as those working in more non-traditional roles. Dave played a key role in managing and building relationships with many of DW Simpson’s clients. In between his time with DW Simpson Dave worked for CNA in Chicago as a Recruiting Consultant specializing in actuarial hiring before joining Ernst & Young as its Experienced Hire Recruiter for the Life & Health and Property & Casualty National Actuarial Practice.
Prior to the recruiting profession, Dave worked for three years as a Personal and Commercial Account Manager with The First National Bank of Chicago. He also worked in business development with the bank and served as Training Coordinator for the Hancock Center Branch. Dave earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern Indiana. Outside the office, Dave enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with his husband and their daughter.
Dave currently serves as DW Simpson’s representative on the International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA) Corporate Advisory Council. Additionally, he has written industry articles such as, The “How-To” of Hiring Top Actuaries published on the SOA’s Riskpertise blog as well as Get Your Offers Accepted, which was published in the Actuary of the Future.
Partner, 1st Vice President
KC joined DW Simpson Global Actuarial Recruitment in October of 1995. Outside of his recruiting, client management, and business development responsibilities, K.C. is heavily involved with the firm’s key initiatives of recruitment, training and development of staff. He also continues to play a critical role in the expansion and development of DW Simpson’s strong presence in the Canadian market.
In addition, KC has participated in actuarial industry events. He took part in a roundtable discussion of the actuarial employment market for Actuarial Review in the May & August, 2001 issues, and has presented at an SOA Spring meeting on the topic of “Diversity in the Actuarial Profession.”
Prior to joining DW Simpson, KC was in a management position with SportMart, Inc. He began his career providing telecommunications solutions with Camadon, Inc. and then Centex Telemanagement Inc. K.C. graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1990.
Outside the office, besides being a weekend golfer, KC enjoys running, weight training and attending Cubs games. He has completed the Chicago Marathon.
Marianne is a Partner with DW Simpson, having been with the company since 2003 in various recruiting roles. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed numerous courses toward an MBA at University of Chicago.
Marianne works with candidates in P&C, health, life and pension professions, from students early in their career all the way to executives. In addition, she recruits catastrophe modelers, product managers, and data scientists. She has served on the SOA Marketing Executive and Cultivating Opportunities Committees, and has contributed to various industry publications including Contingencies, The Actuary, and Carrier Management, as well as industry and client newsletters.
While at Madison, she played cello with the UW Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and in 2006 she founded a cello ensemble which continues to perform around Chicago. Marianne enjoys traveling and speaks fluent German.
Patty joined DW Simpson with 18 years of prior recruiting experience, specializing in the placement of actuaries at insurance & consulting companies. In 2016 she began expanding her network to include Data Scientists, Data Analysts, Risk Managers and Predictive Modelers. She developed her strong organizational and communication skills working in the full cycle of the recruiting process, including industry research, cold calling, scheduling, negotiating, networking and developing and maintaining strong working relationships with candidates, client companies, hiring managers and human resource staff.
She is experienced in managing the recruiting process for all levels of candidates, from new graduates to C-Suite executives, working in a variety of in specialized industries. She also has expertise in developing interview materials, writing for industry publications, and managing website content.
In her current role she is expanding the areas of Risk Management, Analytics and Data Science recruitment, working with new and existing clients to assist in finding top candidates for a growing industry, and recruiting for the P&C area.
Previous to her career in recruiting, Patty was the COO of a large construction QC company and also worked as a special education teacher. She graduated from The State University College at Oswego with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking in the Adirondacks.
Derek joined DW Simpson in 2003. He transitioned to leading his own team in December 2005. Throughout his career at DW Simpson, Derek has worked with actuaries at every stage of their careers – from students progressing through exams to designated individuals with extensive leadership experience. Additionally, he has successfully placed candidates into various emerging areas beyond actuarial such as enterprise risk management, catastrophe and predictive modeling, and data analytics.
Derek regularly attends annual professional conferences and seminars sponsored by actuarial and related organizations. He has also presented at past meetings. Derek believes that attending and presenting at such events assists in his ability to provide the most current information and comprehensive service to the clients and the candidates with whom he works on an ongoing basis.
Derek graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Derek is married and has three young daughters who keep him busy. Outside of the office he enjoys traveling, the arts and a good conversation about the Chicago Cubs’ chances this year.
Dan is a Senior Director with DW Simpson and joined the firm in 2004. He has a successful track record placing actuaries from the student to chief actuary level within the P&C, Life, Retirement, and Health Industries. He has also assisted predictive modelers, financial modelers, catastrophe modelers and other quantitative professionals in finding positions. Although his focus is on North America and Bermuda, Dan also has a keen interest in international insurance markets and global opportunities for actuaries.
Prior to joining DW Simpson, Dan worked with the Men’s Soccer program at Loyola University Chicago. In that role Dan served as the lead recruiter and assistant coach. Dan earned his Bachelor’s in History from Loyola University in 1996 and his Master’s in Education in 1998. Originally from the Chicago area, he lives here with his wife and three children. His outside interests include following European soccer, real estate, traveling and coaching youth soccer.
Valorie holds the role of Director on a team with Senior Director, Dan Karrow. She joined DW Simpson in 2005 as an Assistant to the late Managing Partner & Founder, David Simpson.
Valorie works with all levels of actuaries and analytics professionals, from students progressing through exams to designated individuals with extensive leadership experience, to provide them with as many suitable opportunities as possible during their job search. She also serves as the internal manager for several clients.
Prior to DW Simpson, Valorie worked as a Human Resources Generalist for Dart Container Corporation in Michigan.
Valorie graduated from Michigan State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in General Management. Outside the office Valorie enjoys spending time with her three daughters (including identical twins), attending concerts and traveling.
Jesus Perez has been with D.W. Simpson for over 20 years. He recently started a new role as a Recruiter, focusing on full-cycle recruitment for all levels of actuaries, data scientists, and quantitative risk management professionals, working in a variety of specialized industries.
Prior to devoting his time as a full-time recruiter, he worked in the operations department of the company, serving as Manager of Operations. His exposure to operations allowed him to learn the intricacies of the actuarial industry, and the experience gained as a manager brings great value to his present workdays.
Outside of D.W. Simpson, Jesus enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling, and playing soccer. He is fluent in Spanish and is very interested in Latin American literature.
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Julie joined DW Simpson in February 2006. As a director and lead recruiter, Julie enjoys the interpersonal aspects of keeping in touch with individuals throughout the evolution of their careers. Learning a person’s preferences both personally and professionally over time helps her to assist them in finding the job which makes the most sense for them at every step of their career. Additionally, Julie attends various SOA and CAS sponsored events annually to keep informed of industry trends and meet face-to-face those with whom she works on an ongoing?basis – both as clients and candidates.
Julie graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with bachelor’s degrees in communications and sociology. Prior to joining DW Simpson, she worked as a product manager for a luggage manufacturing company where she had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Asia. Outside the office, Julie enjoys cooking, traveling, running, playing and watching all sports, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.
Ginny Hiteshew joined DW Simpson in December of 2013 as a Retained Search and Client Development Specialist. Ginny began working with experienced actuaries in June of 2015.
Previously, she spent sixteen years in the Fixed Income Division of Goldman Sachs as a Vice President in the Municipal Department. Additionally, she spearheaded recruiting at Goldman Sachs with the top MBA programs in Chicago.
Ginny holds an undergraduate degree in Communications Arts with a Business minor from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
Outside the office, Ginny has served on several boards, including Sacred Heart Schools, Women’s Athletic Club and Bears Care, a philanthropic arm of The Chicago Bears.
Ginny is a long time Chicago resident with her husband and three children.
Paquita joined DW Simpson in September 2014 as a Recruiter, working on a team with KC Cho, Partner. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for 15 years at a private practice in Pacific Palisades, CA. While managing FCLA, Paquita participated in the research and development of Stem Cell Rejuvenation treatments with one of the top Plastic Surgeons in California. Paquita attended the American University of Paris in France, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.
After completing her studies at the International Financial Commodities Institute in Geneva, she began her career as an assistant Broker at QT Optec AG in Zurich, Switzerland.
Being raised trilingual, Paquita enjoys her travels while visiting her family in Belgium, France and Colombia. As a Pilates instructor, Paquita teaches and trains in her spare time.
Chip has been with DW Simpson since November 2016. He recently started a new role as a Recruiter, where he is responsible for high-volume, full-cycle recruitment for actuaries and analytics professionals from junior-level to C-suite. Prior to this, Chip worked alongside two recruiters as a Recruiting Coordinator, where he assisted his recruiters in fostering candidate/client relationships and individual needs.
Chip joined DW Simpson as an Entry-Level recruiter in November 2016. Prior to joining the entry team and DW Simpson, he graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising and a minor in Psychology.
Chip also leads seminars on entering the actuarial field at universities around the country, and attends various actuarial and analytics-related professional conferences throughout the year.
Mimi joined DW Simpson in 2019 as a recruiter with prior experience recruiting in the actuarial and government markets. Prior to her role with DW Simpson she worked at AOCE, Inc., a small government contractor, where she recruited cleared, former military experts for United States Air Force, Army, and Agency contracts in military aircrew training, intelligence, space and missile defense, and remotely piloted aircraft. As the business grew Mimi was able to apply her multi-faceted skill set to Quality Management as a Quality Assurance Specialist and as a Program Manager.
Prior to recruiting Mimi worked in marketing at a New Jersey based, publicly traded real estate investment trust, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ. She resides in Williamsburg, VA.
Marilyn graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in French. She is fluent in both French and Spanish. Having attended the Lycée Français de Chicago, Marilyn also received her French baccalaureate in Economical Sciences with honors.
While studying for her Masters in Clinical Psychology, and working towards her PsyD, Marilyn worked at Aflac as a benefits consultant as well as in account management and marketing. There, she also received the NY Convention Award, as well as placed second Rookie of the Year for all of Aflac IL. Marilyn has both her Life and Health insurance licenses in 17 States and is Long Term Care certified.
Marilyn is the daughter of Patty Simpson and the late David Simpson. She previously interned in 2014 and is thrilled to return to the DW Simpson team as of September 2020.
Rachel originally joined DW Simpson Global Actuarial & Analytics Recruitment in 2008, while residing in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She worked as an Actuarial Researcher for the Europe and Middle East operations. In 2011 Rachel took a hiatus upon moving to Sydney, Australia. With a move to the USA, Rachel resumed working at DWS in 2019 as a Recruiting Coordinator for Entry Level.
Rachel earned her degree from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she studied Philosophy, Theology, and English. After graduation, Rachel worked at Milliman & Robertson on a pension team and at Towers Perrin as a health analyst.
Director, Client Development
Clifton joined DW Simpson in 2014 and is currently the Director of Client Development. Clifton’s goal is to ensure that we are an attentive and effective partner. He acts as a market resource for clients, gains an understanding of their needs, and communicates their value proposition to our recruiters so that they can accurately and effectively convey it to our candidates.
Prior to joining DW Simpson, Clifton was a Senior Administrator at a Chicago intellectual property law firm. He began his professional career at Bank of America as a Nationwide Mortgage Loan Officer. Clifton has also had a long-time second career as an actor and playwright, and currently teaches devised performance workshops to middle and high school students with an emphasis on positive self-expression.
Senior Coordinator, Client Development
Crystal joined DW Simpson in March of 2021 as Senior Coordinator, Client Development, working with our Director of Client Development, Clifton Frei. Her previous positions required significant interaction with customers and clients with a focus on organization and attention to detail, making her an excellent fit for our Client Development area. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, she also has a Master’s degree and an MBA. Crystal believes that to be successful, you must truly believe in the product or service that you bring to the market. She brings this dedication and passion to her role at DW Simpson.
When she is not focused on developing client relationships at DW Simpson, Crystal loves to travel and has visited 14 countries, including Kenya, Mexico, and Italy. She has a particular fondness for Italy, which she has visited three times. She also loves to cook, and especially enjoys feeding others.
Chris joined DW Simpson in 2010 and is currently the Manager of Operations. He helps coordinate all of DW Simpson's technical and logistical needs.
Prior to joining DW Simpson, Chris worked for After School Matters as a Program Auditor. Chris volunteers at North Side Housing and Supportive Services’ emergency homeless shelter, and at Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Chris Zdenek has also been making Theater in Chicago since 2007.
Rogelio was given the opportunity to join DW Simpson in October of 2019. Prior to joining the company Rogelio had moved back to Chicago from Houston after finishing school at Lone Star College. Starting as a temp and being given a full-time position in January of 2020, Rogelio became a key member of the Operations’ team.
As part of Operations, Rogelio’s goal is to make sure all the recruiter’s candidates’ information is up to date as well as rotating them new candidates when ever one is presented. The ability to make their lives easier and better helps everyone in the workplace accomplish their goal.
Outside of work Rogelio enjoys being with friends and having a healthy social life. Meeting new people is something he thrives on and continuing to advance his career at DW Simpson is what he continues to do.
Safa joined DW Simpson beginning of 2020. As an Operation Assistant, he ensures that every candidate profiles accurately created and updated in the DW Simpson database.
Previously, he worked with Cook County Circuit Courts as a Turkish-English interpreter. He is also fluent in Azerbaijani without prior knowledge of the language, and that is his superpower.
Social Media Specialist
Arturo joined DW Simpson in 2017 and is currently the Social Media Specialist. He is in charge of running and maintaining DW Simpson’s social media presence, increasing brand awareness and improving marketing efforts.
Arturo attended Columbia College Chicago where he graduated with a BFA in Advertising Art Direction. He enjoys attending concerts, dive bars, and art museums.