People

Dr. Burke A. Christensen

Christensen
  • Professor
  • Department: Accounting/Finance/Information Sys
  • Office: BTC 175
  • Mailing Address: BTC 170
  • Email: burke.christensen@eku.edu
  • Phone: 859-622-1120
  • Dr. Christensen has thirty years of experience as an attorney and executive officer in the insurance industry. He is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Concert Health Plan Insurance Company in Oak Brook, Illinois. Previously he served as the vice president of operations and in-house counsel to Quotesmith.com (now Insure.com) for its 1999 IPO and was responsible for agent market conduct compliance for the company in all 51 U.S. jurisdictions. He has litigated insurance cases and managed outside counsel in court and arbitration. He was formerly General Counsel of the Society for Financial Services Professionals and in that capacity he prepared and presented testimony on behalf of the insurance industry before state legislatures, federal agencies and the U.S. Senate. He began his career as an attorney with the Northwestern Mutual Life at its home office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has held NASD series 6 and 63 securities licenses and life & health insurance licenses in all 51 U.S. jurisdictions. He is the author/editor of three college text books on the law of insurance published by The American College. Including his columns, he has written more than 100 articles on professional ethics, market conduct compliance, producer liability and the regulations of insurance. He has served as the editor of The Insurance Counselor, a series of primers on legal tax issues published by the American Bar Association. Mr. Christensen is the author of the column “Professionals Liability” currently being published in the Journal of the Society of Financial Services Professionals. Dr. Christensen participated in the creation of the American Business Ethics Award and served as Co-Chair of the Judges Panel in 1994 and 1995. He also participated in the creation of a business ethics program for the Greater Chicago Business Bureau. Dr. Christensen participated as the senior staff officer for the American Society in the creation served and promulgation of the Insurance Illustration Questionnaire and the Replacement Questionnaire. He serves on the board of directors for the Greater Better Business Bureau where he serves on the Ethics Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Financial Services Professionals. Dr. Christensen has been a guest lecturer in insurance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the John Marshall Law School. He has spoken on insurance topics at insurance industry and bar association meetings throughout the United States. He is a long distance runner and has finished the Chicago Marathon twice. He is the current holder of the Robert B. Morgan Chair of Insurance and serves as an expert witness in lawsuits involving insurance issues in state and federal courts in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Ms. Debbie Ellis

Debbie Ellis
  • Program Coordinator
  • Office: BTC 174
  • Mailing Address: BTC 170
  • Email: debbie.ellis@eku.edu
  • Phone: 859-622-1579
  • Ms. Ellis has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Weber State University in Ogden, Ut., and went on to  earn her MAED in School Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University. She has worked as an elementary teacher, elementary guidance counselor, and a high school guidance counselor.

Ms. Christel Siglock SCLA, AIS, AIC, AINS

Dr. Siwei Gao

Gao
  • Thomas and Rebecca Coffey Professor of Insurance Studies
  • Department: Accounting/Finance/Information Sys
  • Office: BTC 171
  • Mailing Address: BTC 170
  • Email: siwei.gao@eku.edu
  • Phone: 859-622-7347
  • Siwei Gao, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems of Eastern Kentucky University. EDUCATION/CREDENTIALS: FLMI Ph.D. – Risk Management and Insurance, Temple University (2012) B.S. – Insurance, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (2005) TEACHING INTERESTS: Property Liability Insurance Personal Risk Management Life Insurance RESEARCH INTERESTS: Risk Modeling Enterprise Risk Management Incentive Contracting

Dr. Carol Jordan

Jordan
  • Department: Accounting/Finance/Information Sys
  • Mailing Address: BTC 170
  • Email: carol.jordan@eku.edu
  • Dr. Jordan earned her undergraduate BSBA in Insurance at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (1983), MBA at University of Georgia (1985), and completed her PHD in Risk Management & Insurance at University of Georgia in 1991. Her first academic position out of graduate school was at EKU where she taught from 1988 until the fall of 1994. During her tenure at EKU, the program grew from 11 majors to 76 majors. Jordan left EKU to become the State Farm Professor of Insurance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1994 where she instituted an annual Insurance Symposium. She left the program in 2000 with more than 100 majors. In the fall of 2000, Jordan accepted the Eminent Scholar position at Troy University. She began that program from scratch, with no students, and retired from there in 2012 with 120 students majoring in RMI. This program was dedicated to Surplus Lines & Reinsurance and we continued the Symposium annually with the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) sponsoring the symposium. During that time Jordan began lecturing during the summers at Lloyd's of London, teaching underwriters and brokers. While at Troy, jordan took students to London each summer for internships at Lloyd's, a practice that she intends to continue with EKU students.

Ms. Jeanna Lynch

Jeanna Lynch
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Department: Accounting/Finance/Information Sys
  • Mailing Address: BTC 170
  • Email: jeanna.lynch@eku.edu
  • Phone: 859-622-1579
  • Jeanna Lynch is a 22 year veteran of the insurance industry. She began her insurance career working for her father in his independent insurance agency. Upon graduating high school, she attended Eastern Kentucky University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management & Insurance. In 1998 she also received a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. During her career she has held various positions such as Multi Line Claims Representative, Large Loss Claims Specialist, Auditor, Director of Training & Development and most recently Regional Manager for Grange Mutual Insurance Company.
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