2023 Student Scholars

Meet the 2023 Annual Conference Student Scholars!

Andrew Buschman is a junior at Florida State University, working towards a bachelor's degree in risk management insurance. With a leadership background as a swim instructor and supervising lifeguard, Andrew’s experiences have helped him establish drive and dedication for his work. Andrew has a passion for sports, even playing baseball throughout high school. Through sports, Andrew has developed a competitive personality that has aided him in pursing his goals. He also enjoys traveling, granting him many experiences that he still carries with him to this day, which he attributes to his parents for being able to provide those opportunities.
Grace Comas is a rising senior at St. John’s University. She is majoring in risk management and insurance with two minors: one in social justice theory and one in international relations. Grace grew up in Philadelphia, PA and spent her summers lifeguarding on the beach prior to her collegiate career. She enjoys beach sports, reading and learning new languages. Grace currently conducts research on FEMA’s funding for low-income families in hurricane-vulnerable areas. She also works in indigenous communities conducting research about the barriers and opportunities of ESL learning. Grace hopes to one day pursue a career in public risk management and help communities in need through insurance protection and government duty.
Cole Epler is an insurance and risk management student at Olivet College. He is passionate about the insurance industry and its ability to protect individuals and businesses. Throughout his academic career, Cole has immersed himself in learning about the various types of insurance policies, risk management strategies and industry regulations by studying two AICPCU courses. He has also sought out opportunities to expand his knowledge beyond the classroom, such as attending industry conferences and joining professional organizations. Cole’s goal is to apply what he has learned to help people and businesses manage their risks effectively. He is excited to continue his education and embark on a fulfilling career in the insurance industry, where he can make a positive difference in the lives of others. 
Chelsea Johnson is a student-athlete at Texas State University, where she plays for the women’s basketball program. During the 2022-2023 season, Johnson assisted her Bobcat team to a Sun Belt Conference regular season championship. Not only is Johnson involved in the athletic realm of the university, but she has also been a part of several organizations on campus such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and the Dr. Johnny E. Brown Committee on Racial Equality (CORE). Johnson currently serves as the president of CORE, but she previously served as the student co-chair on the Voter Registration Subcommittee within the organization. Also, Chelsea served as the student-athlete representative on a university-sponsored post-election student panel after the U.S. Presidential Election. She intends on graduating with her master's degree in public administration in December of 2023. Overall, Chelsea has proven to be a stellar student and a passionate learner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and preparing for her future.
William Kegg is in his fourth year at the University of Cincinnati and is double majoring in business analytics and insurance/risk management. Next year, he will be receiving his master’s degree full-time in business analytics at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, he will be pursuing a career in risk management. At UC, William is the president of Gamma Iota Sigma (the business fraternity for the insurance industry), an analytics intern and lead tutor for Bearcat Buddies, and a member of a few other different organizations. He is the recipient of the 2022 Carl H. Lindner Outstanding Junior Scholarship, the 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Insurance & Risk Management Award, the Warren L. Weeks Award, the PACEsetter Distinction and the Spencer Undergraduate (Elizabeth Lisle) Award. 
Jaida Martin is responsible for data capture, analysis, reviewing and evaluating information for various types of businesses, to determine appropriate classification and pricing as an intern at Great American Insurance Group. Jaida joined Great American’s Insurance Property and Inland Marine department at the start of 2023. Jaida is in her first year at the University of Cincinnati and is majoring in insurance & risk management. At the University of Cincinnati, Jaida is the secretary of Gamma Iota Sigma and is the recipient of the 2022 Cincinnati Insurance Scholarship. Jaida is looking forward to meeting other members in the insurance industry and furthering her knowledge of insurance and risk management.
Vincent O’Connell is a junior majoring in risk management and Insurance at St. John’s University in New York. Currently, he interns at Healthcare Risk Advisors as an insurance data coordinator and was the treasurer of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma for the past year. He is also a member of numerous risk management and insurance organizations such as RIMS and the CPCU Society. Recently, Vincent applied for and was accepted into the St. John’s Fast Track Graduate Program to pursue an MBA with a concentration in enterprise risk management. This upcoming summer, he is set to join Segal Select’s Summer Internship program to explore the broker side of the business.
Ian Petrelli is currently in his freshman year at Florida State University, but is academically a junior double-majoring in risk management & insurance and and actuarial science. His interest in the insurance sector was sparked by a combination of the finance magnet program that he participated in during high school and his father, who is the current director of risk management for Orange County, FL. From there, Ian has built the foundation to the career path he wants to pursue and the professional mannerisms needed for the business world. Ian has worked in several internships, including Addition Financial as a student teller, Aeras Technologies as an accounting assistant, and Brown & Brown Insurance. These experiences have given him a well-rounded grasp on finance and insurance.
Maxwell Wozniak is a freshman in the business honors program, studying risk management and insurance at St. John’s University. Outside of his academics, he is a senator representing the business school in the student government on campus. Additionally, he is a member of the ambassador program, which gives him the opportunity to represent his university to prospective students. Most importantly, he holds the executive board position, Director of Internal Relations, with Gamma Iota Sigma. This organization has truly shaped his first-year experience by providing him with an outlet to learn outside the classroom by means of site visits, conferences and networking events. He received the Platinum Membership Award last fall for demonstrating the highest commitment to the chapter. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and getting involved on campus.

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