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Kim Lancaster

Kim Lancaster

FALU, FLMI, ACS
Vice President
Underwriting Operations
Phone: 636-736-7441

 

 

Kim Lancaster

Kim Lancaster

FALU, FLMI, ACS
Vice President
Underwriting Operations
Phone: 636-736-7441

 

 

Vice President, Underwriting Operations

Kim Lancaster is Vice President, Underwriting Operations at RGA Reinsurance Company. In her current role, she is responsible for the daily operations of the US Underwriting Team.

She has 34 years of underwriting experience in insurance and reinsurance. Before joining RGA in 1994 as an Underwriting Consultant in the U.S. Facultative division, she was a Senior Underwriting Consultant with General American Life Insurance Company, and before then, an underwriter with Royal Neighbors of America, a fraternal life insurer specializing in the women’s market.

Kim has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Maryville University.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU) and of the Life Management Institute (FLMI), and she holds LOMA’s Associate in Customer Service (ACS) designation. Kim is active with RGA’s FALU club, is Past President of the Southeastern Home Office Underwriters Association and a past Program Committee Member for the Association of Home Office Underwriters.  
 
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Colin M. DeForge

Executive Director, Underwriting
U.S. Mortality Markets
RGA 
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Colin M. DeForge

Executive Director, Underwriting
U.S. Mortality Markets
RGA 

Executive Director, Underwriting, U.S. Mortality Markets

In his role as Executive Director, Fac Exclusive, Automatic Selection and Assessment Program (ASAP) within U.S. Facultative Underwriting, Colin DeForge is responsible for facultative underwriting and is also the lead for RGA’s fraud, criminal history and credit reporting team. He joined RGA in 2015.

Prior to joining RGA, Colin was Director, Individual Life Underwriting Shared Services at Voya Financial. He has also served as underwriting manager for Phoenix Life Insurance Company in underwriting and life new business operations.

Colin received a B.S. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with minors in neuropsychology and business management.
Elyssa Del Valle

Elyssa Del Valle, M.D.

Vice President and 
Medical Director

RGA
Elyssa Del Valle

Elyssa Del Valle, M.D.

Vice President and 
Medical Director

RGA

Vice President and Medical Director

Elyssa Marcus Del Valle, M.D., is Vice President and Medical Director for RGA Reinsurance Company. She is responsible for underwriting services for clients, and conducting training seminars and industry presentations as a member of the RGA U.S. Mortality Markets division. She has been with the company since 2016.

Prior to joining RGA, Elyssa was Assistant Vice President and Medical Director for MetLife. Her insurance career includes experience in disability lines and dates back to 2003. She has also practiced emergency, internal and sports medicine in her career, including 12 years as a team and university physician at Wittenberg University. Elyssa has served as a preceptor at the University of Connecticut Medical School, where she taught clinical reasoning, and was a regular presenter in Quinnipiac University’s physician assistant and athletic training programs. She is also the former host of a live talk show on Clear Channel Radio entitled “House Calls with Dr. Lissy.” 

Elyssa received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Medical College of Ohio, and has completed post-graduate residencies in internal medicine at Miami Valley Hospital and at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves on the American Academy of Insurance Medicine (AAIM) scientific program committee and executive board. Elyssa also serves on the executive board of the Metropolitan Underwriting Discussion (MUD) Group and NEHOUA.  
 
Lisa Duckett

Lisa Duckett, M.D.

Vice President and
Medical Director 

RGA Reinsurance Company
Lisa Duckett

Lisa Duckett, M.D.

Vice President and
Medical Director 

RGA Reinsurance Company

Vice President and Medical Director, RGA

Dr. Lisa Duckett is Vice President and Medical Director for RGA Reinsurance Company. In this role, she provides support for facultative underwriting and underwriter education through presentations, one-on-one interactions, and articles related to underwriting topics. 

Board certified in insurance medicine, internal medicine and geriatric medicine, Dr. Duckett has been in the insurance industry for twenty years after spending 12 years in clinical medicine. Her true love is geriatric medicine and she has done extensive research into the mortality risks and unique qualities of the older age cohort. 

She began her insurance medicine career in 1998 at ING Reinsurance before moving to Met Life and Genworth Financial as medical director, with responsibility for underwriting education, manual revision, and older age underwriting. She has been at RGA for 4 years now. 

Dr. Duckett served as the American Academy for Insurance Medicine (AAIM) planning committee chair for the education program in 2004-2005, and as President of the Midwestern Medical Directors Association (MMDA) in 2004. 


Melissa Gallegos

Melissa Gallegos

FALU, FLMI, ARA, ACS
Director, Underwriting Team Manager
RGA
Melissa Gallegos

Melissa Gallegos

FALU, FLMI, ARA, ACS
Director, Underwriting Team Manager
RGA

Director, Underwriting Team Manager, RGA

Melissa Gallegos is a Director, Underwriting Team Manager for RGA Reinsurance Company.  Melissa is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. She leads the Foreign Risk Team, is responsible for underwriting production, translating Spanish and Portuguese applications, and leads a team of six underwriters. 

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in international business and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Spanish from Florida Southern College.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU) and of the Life Management Institute (FLMI).

 
Larry Fite

Larry Fite

FALU, FLMI
Director
Underwriting 

RGA 
Larry Fite

Larry Fite

FALU, FLMI
Director
Underwriting 

RGA 

Director, Underwriting

Larry Fite is Director, Underwriting for RGA Reinsurance Company.  He provides facultative underwriting for U.S. Division clients, and is the lead auditor for client audits.

Larry has more than 30 years of experience in underwriting life insurance and reinsurance.  Before joining RGA in 2007, he was both a line underwriter and an underwriting manager with General American Life and with Metropolitan Life, underwriting both disability and life cases.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU), and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI).
 
Michael Hesse

Mike Hesse

FLMI, ARA, FALU
Vice President and Chief Underwriter
U.S. Mortality Markets

RGA
Michael Hesse

Mike Hesse

FLMI, ARA, FALU
Vice President and Chief Underwriter
U.S. Mortality Markets

RGA

Vice President and Chief Underwriter, U.S. Mortality Markets

Michael Hesse is Vice President and Chief Underwriter for RGA Reinsurance Company.  Michael brings more than 25 years of life underwriting experience and expertise in financial underwriting to his current role.

Prior to joining RGA in 2015, Michael worked for Sun Life Financial International as Underwriting Director, focusing on high net worth offshore business. Before that, Michael was with Prudential for over two decades.

Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas. He is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI), an Associate, Reinsurance Administration (ARA) and a Fellow, Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU).  

Valerie Kaufman

Valerie Kaufman, M.D.

DBIM, FACC
Vice President and Medical Director

RGA
Valerie Kaufman

Valerie Kaufman, M.D.

DBIM, FACC
Vice President and Medical Director

RGA

Vice President and Medical Director, RGA

Dr. Valerie Kaufman, Vice President and Medical Director, provides case consultation for life underwriters. She also trains RGA and client underwriters and assists with the development of RGA’s underwriting guidelines.

Before coming to RGA in 2015, Dr. Kaufman served as Vice President and Chief Medical Director at MassMutual, Assistant Vice President and Medical Director at Sun Life Financial Canada, and Assistant Medical Director at Phoenix Home Life.

An active member of the insurance community, Dr. Kaufman has spoken on a variety of medical topics at local, regional and national industry meetings and coauthored an article for the Journal of Insurance Medicine. In addition, she is a past President of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine (AAIM) and was Chair of the AAIM Education Committee from 2002 to 2009.

Dr. Kaufman received her M.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Canisius College. She is a Diplomate of the Board of insurance Medicine (DBIM) and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC).
 
Greg Meyer

Greg Meyer

FALU, FLMI, ARA, ACS
Underwriting Consultant

RGA
Greg Meyer

Greg Meyer

FALU, FLMI, ARA, ACS
Underwriting Consultant

RGA

Senior Underwriting Consultant, ​RGA

As Underwriting Consultant, Greg Meyer is part of RGA’s U.S. Underwriting team, supporting both facultative underwriting and the Strategic Underwriting Program (SUP). Greg has been with the company since 2014, and is a subject matter expert on consumer credit, financials and occupations.

Prior to joining RGA, Greg had 10 years of experience in financial services, including seven years of experience as a mortgage underwriter with American Equity and Wells Fargo.

Greg received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU). He has also been accredited by LOMA as a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI); an Associate, Reinsurance Administration (ARA); and as an Associate, Customer Service (ACS).
David Rengachary

Dave Rengachary, M.D.

Senior Vice President and 
Chief Medical Director

U.S. Mortality Markets
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David Rengachary

Dave Rengachary, M.D.

Senior Vice President and 
Chief Medical Director

U.S. Mortality Markets
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Senior Vice President and Medical Director

Dr. Dave Rengachary is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Director for US Mortality Markets at RGA Reinsurance Company.  Prior to joining RGA in 2013, he was a general neurologist in practice at Missouri Baptist Medical Center where he also served as medical director for their Primary Stroke Center.    

He is the primary author and editor of the Washington University Neurology Survival Guide.  He serves on the board of directors of Memory Home Care Solutions, a Saint Louis based non-profit dedicated to Alzheimer’s patient and caregiver support. 
 
Dr. Rengachary is Past-President of the Midwestern Medical Directors Association, Deputy Director of the Longer Life Foundation, Medical Consultant for the Academy of Life Underwriting, and a member of the Educational Committee of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine. 
 
Daniele Storts

Dani Storts

FALU, FLMI, ARA, ACS, AIRC
Senior Underwriting Consultant

RGA 
Daniele Storts

Dani Storts

FALU, FLMI, ARA, ACS, AIRC
Senior Underwriting Consultant

RGA 

Senior Underwriting Consultant

Dani Storts is a Senior Underwriting Consultant focusing on facultative underwriting, especially in the areas of fraud and genetics. She has been with RGA since 2014, and started her life insurance career as a Jet Underwriter.

Prior to joining RGA, Dani worked in the mortgage industry as a direct sales support and mortgage loan processor at American Equity Mortgage.

Dani has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri State University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU), and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI). She also holds Associate, Customer Service (ACS); Associate, Reinsurance Administration (ARA); and Associate, Regulatory Reinsurance Compliance (AIRC) designations from the Life Office Management Association (LOMA).
Jennifer Lockwood

Jennifer Lockwood

CLU, FALU, FLMI, ACS
Technical Director
Large Case Underwriting

RGA 
Jennifer Lockwood

Jennifer Lockwood

CLU, FALU, FLMI, ACS
Technical Director
Large Case Underwriting

RGA 

Technical Director, Large Case Underwriting, RGA

As Technical Director, Large Case Underwriting, Jennifer Lockwood handles large case underwriting and responds to foreign risk referrals, client capacity checks and jumbo notifications. She has nearly 20 years of underwriting experience.

Prior to joining RGA in 2017, Jennifer was Senior Underwriting Consultant for Legal & General America, and has also served in similar roles for Securian and RiverSource.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in organizational leadership from Bethel University. She is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU), a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI), and an Associate, Customer Service (ACS).

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