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Consulting Team

Our consultants are former admissions officers and/or experienced MBA graduates from Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Columbia, INSEAD, Northwestern Kellogg, Chicago Booth, NYU Stern, Berkeley Haas, Dartmouth Tuck, Michigan Ross, London Business School, Duke Fuqua, Cornell Johnson and other leading MBA programs.

Our team reflects a wide array of industry, functional and cultural backgrounds. From investment banking to management consulting to engineering to entrepreneurship. From New York to London to Mumbai to Shanghai. You name it. The MBA Exchange has the depth and breadth to ensure a productive, personalized match for you.

Dr. Pauline Jennett - Principal Consultant

A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Dr. Jennett served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed applicants, both on-campus and globally. During her tenure with The MBA Exchange, Dr. Jennett’s clients have gained admission to and been awarded over $1.3 million in merit-based aid by schools including HBS, Wharton, Stanford, MIT, Booth, Kellogg, and London Business School. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange in 2012, she served as director of recruitment and admissions for a non-profit career development organization, and in sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM. Dr. Jennett earned her MBA degree from The Wharton School, where she was a member of the Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory group, and studied at Instituto de Estudies Superiores de la Empresa (IE). In addition, she has a doctorate in education and master of divinity degree cum laude from Boston University, and bachelor of business administration degree cum laude from Baruch College where she was a Baruch Scholar. Dr. Jennett has traveled to 36 countries on 5 continents and is conversant in Spanish.

Jessica Burlingame - Principal Consultant

Recognized as a “Top 10 MBA Admissions Consultant” by industry expert Poets & Quants in 2017 and 2018, Ms. Burlingame helps clients develop high-impact, differentiated campaigns that have yielded offers of admission and substantial merit-based financial aid from top MBA and EMBA programs at schools including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Booth, Kellogg, Tuck and INSEAD. An MBA graduate of Columbia Business School, she was a GMAT instructor for The Princeton Review and an MBA admissions interviewer for Columbia. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, Ms. Burlingame’s professional experience included healthcare consulting, private and investment banking, as well as editorial and business development roles with The Condé Nast Publications and Vault.com. She speaks fluent Italian and conversational Spanish and French. Ms. Burlingame earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Brooke Wheelan - Master Consultant

A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Ms. Wheelan served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board for 13 years. She reviewed more than 10,000 MBA applications and traveled globally to conduct face-to-face admissions interviews while overseeing candidate evaluation, online application and academic credentials-verification processes. Prior to working at HBS, Ms. Wheelan was a case team leader at Bain & Company, focused on retail and consumer goods clients. She has traveled extensively to over 50 countries. She earned her MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with highest honors and bachelor of science degree in commerce from the University of Virginia with highest distinction.

Emily Buckley - Master Consultant

A former Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia Business School, Ms. Buckley was a senior member of the admissions committee and manager of the waitlist process. She also led strategic planning for prospective student recruitment and admitted-student yield. Previously, she assessed MBA applications for Wharton and undergraduate applications for Princeton; served as director of educational counseling for a college admissions consulting firm; and was Associate Director of Admissions at Barnard College. Ms. Buckley earned her master of education degree from Columbia University and bachelor of English literature and Language from Harvard College, where she was captain of the women’s varsity swim team.

Jennifer LaRusso-Leung - Master Consultant

As a former Associate Director of MBA Admissions for Columbia Business School, Ms. LaRusso-Leung reviewed applications, interviewed applicants, and was a member of the admissions committee. She also led the outreach and recruitment team responsible for all on-campus events. Earlier in her career, Ms. LaRusso-Leung worked for a major corporate law firm where her responsibilities included recruiting law students, building a summer associate program, and managing relationships with law schools. Through her work with a non-profit, Ms. LaRusso-Leung has extensive experience coaching students with disabilities (visible and invisible) regarding the recruiting, disclosure and accommodations process. Ms. LaRusso-Leung received a bachelor’s degree in history from Holy Cross and a master’s degree in psychology in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Jonathan Harari - Master Consultant

An MBA graduate from The Wharton School, Mr. Harari served as an Admission Fellow evaluating MBA applications and interviewing candidates on behalf of the admissions staff. Majoring in business and public policy, Mr. Harari was awarded a Joseph Wharton Fellowship and organized the annual Warren Buffett Trek. His asset management experience includes key roles at PIMCO, Blackstone and JP Morgan. Immediately after college, he co-launched an equity hedge fund in Singapore focused on Southeast Asian equities. Mr. Harari has been a guest lecturer and volunteer at non-profit Year Up helping young urban adults attain their highest potential. A native of France, he has lived on three continents and traveled to more than 20 countries. A CFA and CAIA Charterholder, Mr. Harari earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting at the NYU Stern School of Business. He has particular expertise in advising MBA applicants with a background or career goal in hedge funds, asset management, investments and/or private equity.

Julie Strong - Master Consultant

Former Senior Director of MBA Admissions at the MIT Sloan School of Management for 12 years, Ms. Strong subsequently served for two years as Director of the MIT Sloan Latin America Office. She has evaluated thousands of MBA applications and conducted in-person interviews worldwide. More recently Ms. Strong was the founding Director of Admissions for the Asia School of Business, a collaboration between MIT Sloan and the Central Bank of Malaysia. She has served on boards of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which owns the GMAT; Education Testing Service (ETS), which administers the GRE and TOEFL; and Forté Foundation, a consortium of business schools and companies advancing businesswomen. Ms. Strong created and led the career development office of a major management consulting firm. She earned a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on adult development and research. She speaks Spanish.

Stephanie Horn - Master Consultant

Recognized by industry expert Poets & Quants as one of the “Top 10 MBA Admissions Consultants” for 2017, Ms. Horn is an MBA graduate with honors from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She was engaged by Kellogg to serve as an admissions interviewer. Immediately after business school, Ms. Horn was a senior associate at McKinsey & Co., advising technology and service clients on competitive strategies. She has worked in executive positions for DaVita, a Fortune 500 healthcare company; Viking River Cruises, a global travel firm; and Safety-Kleen, an industrial chemicals company. Since joining The MBA Exchange in 2011, she has helped a wide range of clients achieve admission to top-tier business schools worldwide. Ms. Horn earned a master’s degree in English and bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Bucknell University, where she was a recipient of the Mellon Foundation Fellowship.

Adam Jones

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Mr. Jones has helped applicants with diverse backgrounds, including many pursuing a career change into finance, gain admission to top-tier business schools. His professional background includes investment banking at Morgan Stanley working with healthcare, consumer and technology clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Previously, as an Officer in the United States Navy, Mr. Jones served in the White House as an aide to the President and in the Pentagon working on naval foreign policy. He was also deployed to Iraq and Japan. Mr. Jones has helped lead several nonprofits, including Hope for Education Ghana. In addition to his MBA, he earned a master of arts degree in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor of science degree in economics from the United States Naval Academy.

Alan Shih

An MBA graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Mr. Shih concentrated on entrepreneurship and strategic management. At Booth, he was active with the on-campus LGBT group and with creating a dating app start-up. Following graduation, he was an admissions interviewer analyzing potential candidates on behalf of the Booth admissions staff. He has successfully advised a range of MBA applicants, including waitlistees, on admission to top-10 business schools. Mr. Shih’s professional background includes serving as a strategy consultant for financial services, health and technology clients, a special education teacher for Teach for America, and an education administrator for DC Public Schools. He earned a master’s degree in special education and teaching from George Mason University (Teach for America Cohort) and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Aleksey Krylov

An MBA graduate of Columbia Business School with honors, Mr. Krylov conducted informational interviews with international applicants as president of the CBS Central and Eastern European Club. His professional background spans energy, transportation, consumer products and private equity. Mr. Krylov’s experience includes investment analyst roles with two New York-based family offices and an international merchant bank. He started his career as an investment banker at Société Générale where he participated in 46 offerings raising $1.3 billion. He has also worked in Russia and Mongolia, and travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Latin America. A CFA Charterholder, Mr. Krylov earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Babson College. He is fluent in Russian.

Alex Ruiz Lee

An MBA graduate of INSEAD, Mr. Ruiz Lee served as an admissions interviewer and representative for campus tours and information sessions. He has successfully advised MBA applicants targeting top European business schools. After graduation, he joined Samsung Electronics at its corporate headquarters in Seoul, Korea. Starting as a Global Strategy Consultant, he became Senior Manager of Human Resources for overseas businesses and subsequently Director of Human Resources, General Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mexico. He is experienced in recruiting, talent development, resume/CV review and career advising. Mr. Ruiz Lee’s professional background includes private equity, IT consulting and telecommunications. He has worked and/or studied in the US, Mexico, Spain, France, Singapore, South Korea and Cambodia. In addition to a master of science degree in telecommunications magna cum laude from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Mr. Ruiz Lee has business and engineering degrees. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan, and conversant in Korean and French.

Alexis Cepeda Maule

Ms. Maule is an MBA graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business, with emphasis on entrepreneurship, e-commerce and marketing. Also accepted to Wharton, Columbia and Kellogg, she has helped numerous applicants with diverse backgrounds gain acceptance to highly selective MBA and undergraduate programs including Stanford GSB, HBS and Columbia. Ms. Maule’s professional experience spans strategy, business development and investment banking. Her employers have included Amazon, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group, and Bad Boy Entertainment. Ms. Maule has lived and worked in London, Shanghai and Milan. She interned in the Office of the First Lady at The White House. Ms. Maule holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Harvard College, where her application was featured in “50 Successful Harvard Application Essays.” She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian and French.

Alina Liao

An MBA graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ms. Liao was also offered admission with major scholarships to Chicago Booth and Michigan Ross. She has advised applicants, including career changers, on gaining admission to leading MBA programs including Wharton and Stanford GSB. Ms. Liao’s professional background spans consulting, education, economic and legal analysis, project management, talent management, nonprofit strategy, and entrepreneurship. As vice president of an economic consulting firm, she managed clients including Google, Samsung and AT&T. Ms. Liao also co-founded a tech nonprofit, featured in Forbes and Fast Company, providing mental health coaching to at-risk youth. In addition to her MBA degree, Ms. Liao has a master’s in education from Stanford. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in economics and English at Yale University, where she was captain of the women’s gymnastics team, USA National Collegiate Senior Gymnast of the Year and all-around champion, and Academic All-Ivy.

Alina Zhitskaya

Ms. Zhitskaya is an MBA graduate of The Wharton School where she majored in strategic management. She was selected to serve as an Admissions Fellow, where her responsibilities included facilitating Wharton Team-based Discussions and conducting individual applicant interviews as part of Wharton’s MBA admissions process. Ms. Zhitskaya was also elected as co-president of the Consulting Club and the Leadership Development Officer of Wharton Women in Business. She worked in private equity and hedge fund capital raising and investor relations at Lazard and Citadel LLC, respectively, before moving into management consulting. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science cum laude from Yale University, studied in France and Japan, and did independent research in India and Russia. Her language skills include Russian and French.

Angela Helfrich

An Executive MBA graduate of Columbia Business School, Ms. Helfrich focused her studies on marketing and entrepreneurship. As a member of Columbia’s Hermes Society, she assisted the Admissions Office in providing recommendations on EMBA and MBA applicants. Ms. Helfrich’s professional experience includes launching several startups, including businesses in the nutrition and pet care industries. Her background also spans the technology, home decor, and education sectors. Previously, she held business development and sales leadership positions at both Fortune 500 companies and startups. Ms. Helfrich earned her undergraduate degree in communications at North Carolina State, where she serves as an advisory board member for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and as an interviewer for the Park Scholarship program.

Aparna Baman

An MBA graduate of the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University, Ms. Baman subsequently served as an Associate Director of Admissions at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In that role, she evaluated over 1,000 applications, conducted interviews and managed recruiting, waitlist and admissions decisions for several international and domestic regions. Ms. Baman has also served on high-profile admissions panels at national MBA tours and forums. Her background includes brand management positions at Kraft Foods North America as well as strategy consulting at CapGemini Ernst & Young. Ms. Baman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Chicago where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She speaks conversational Hindi.

Ben Johnson

An MBA graduate and Dean’s Fellow of The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Mr. Johnson concentrated in consumer marketing and was a member of the Admissions Committee. While a member of the Admissions Committee he reviewed applications, interviewed candidates and made admissions recommendations. Mr. Johnson’s professional background includes work in marketing strategy, pricing, advertising, brand strategy and product development with General Mills and Kimberly-Clark. Prior to attending business school he served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He graduated with distinction from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Honors Economics. Mr. Johnson is the founding President of Kimberly-Clark’s SALUTE organization focused on recruiting and retaining top military talent across business functions. Mr. Johnson has helped MBA Exchange clients gain admission to schools such as Chicago Booth, Duke Fuqua, UCLA Anderson and many others.

Brad Pearson

Mr. Pearson’s background includes over 11 years in graduate management admissions and administration. He was Associate Director of MBA Admissions for the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, overseeing approximately 4,000 applications per year. In addition, Mr. Pearson served as Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid for Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to that, he worked in corporate recruitment screening, interviewing and testing executive and technical personnel. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lewis University, an MBA degree in Marketing and Human Resource Management from Governor’s State University, and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Washington University.

Caryn Levine

A dual-degree graduate of Kellogg’s MMM Program, Ms. Levine earned both an MBA and an MEM (Masters in Engineering Management) at Northwestern University. Her academic concentrations were Management and Strategy, Marketing and Biotechnology. Ms. Levine was selected by the Kellogg Admissions Committee to interview prospective applicants, first as a student and later as an alumna. Since then, she has advised a range of applicants targeting top-tier schools. Ms. Levine began her career in equity research at Lehman Brothers as a real estate stock analyst. Subsequently, she focused on life sciences strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman for pharmaceutical clients with emphasis on healthcare reform. Ms. Levine played a key role in MBA recruiting efforts for employers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied abroad in the UK and traveled extensively in India.

Cheryl Silveri

An MBA graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Ms. Silveri served as an Admissions Ambassador and worked closely with the Sloan Senate and MBA admissions staff on various admissions initiatives. As a Vice President she helped plan the MIT Venture Capital & Innovation Conference, and she served as a Director of the MIT Sloan Tech Club. Ms. Silveri’s professional experience includes business development and sales for large and small technology companies; marketing for startups in retail, healthcare and enterprise software; and strategy consulting for executives in the healthcare and education sectors. She has traveled and studied in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Ms. Silveri earned a bachelor of science degree in biology cum laude from the University of Arkansas.

Cosimo Leipold

Mr. Leipold earned his MBA degree with highest honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business concentrating in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Marketing. In addition to conducting MBA admissions interviews for Booth, he has helped numerous applicants gain acceptance into highly selective MBA programs and served as Co-Director of the Northwestern Alumni Admissions Council in Chicago. Mr. Leipold’s professional experiences include technology consulting, financial management and strategic marketing roles with Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (now PwC), United Airlines, Capital One and Huron Consulting Group. In addition to his MBA education, Mr. Leipold holds a bachelor degree in economics from Northwestern University. He is fluent in Italian.

Daniel Fischer

An MBA graduate of the Yale School of Management, Mr. Fischer was a member of the Admissions Committee, interviewing applicants and providing recommendations to the Director of Admissions. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, he advised a range of applicants on successful admissions strategies and tactics. Mr. Fischer’s professional experience spans both public and private sectors, including consulting in disaster relief for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Think Tank and Field Innovation Team; business strategy and development for Advertising for Humanity; as well as launching entrepreneurial ventures in the healthcare and extreme sports industries. Mr. Fischer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, biology and computer science from McGill University. He has summited Mt. Kiliminjaro and cycled across Alaska. Mr. Fischer is conversant in French.

Deepak Punwani

An MBA graduate of INSEAD (France and Singapore), Mr. Punwani has interviewed applicants and prepared other alumni interviewers on behalf of INSEAD. Over the past 8 years he has helped numerous applicants gain offers of admission and substantial financial aid from the most competitive MBA programs in the US and Europe. His professional background includes sales management, corporate strategy and brand development in China, India and Singapore for consumer goods companies Colgate Palmolive and Goodyear. More recently, he co-founded a renewable energy company operating in India and Sub-Saharan Africa; the company’s patented technology was voted among the “top 10 ideas to change the world” by CNBC Global. Mr. Punwani has also served as a management consultant for strategy formulation, due diligence and process optimization for corporations across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, and gained entrepreneurial experience in Europe. In addition to his INSEAD MBA degree, he earned a business management degree from the University of Mumbai. Born in Spain, Mr. Punwani speaks fluent Spanish and Hindi, and has travelled to over 40 countries worldwide.

Denise Bailey-Castro

An MBA graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Ms. Bailey-Castro served on the Senate Admissions Committee and worked closely with the Sloan MBA admissions staff on various initiatives. She is also an MPA graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, her professional background included analyst assignments at HBO, Paramount Pictures and JP Morgan. Her experience spans markets worldwide and she has traveled to over 25 countries. Ms. Bailey-Castro also worked as an associate with a non-profit in the education sector. In addition to her MBA and MPA, she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is conversant in Spanish.

Elizabeth Bender

An MBA graduate of The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Ms. Bender majored in marketing and management. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, she had over 10 years of corporate experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Bender has held management positions in marketing, sales and human resources for a leading pharmacy benefits management company. She gained further experience in sales and information technology at Eli Lilly and Company. At Fuqua, she worked in the admissions office where she advised MBA applicants. Her own admissions campaign produced offers from four top-tier schools. Ms. Bender holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Mathematics from Hanover College. In addition, she studied services marketing, leadership, employee and customer loyalty, and business ethics at The Center for Services Leadership at Arizona State University.

Fabiola Currarino - Senior Career Consultant

Ms. Currarino is a seasoned career consultant with over seven years of experience coaching and mentoring MBA students, MBA alumni and executives. As a former Associate Director of Career Education & Advising for the MIT Sloan School of Management, Ms. Currarino devised successful career strategies for a wide array of students, helping them articulate their goals and customize action plans to achieve them. In that position, she also created and delivered high-impact, career educational programs on topics such as networking, negotiation, personal positioning and interviewing. Previously, Ms. Currarino served in industry as managing director for a major healthcare company in Europe, and as an executive and manager in software marketing, sales, business development and brand management for IBM Latin America. She earned her MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Grace Kim

An MBA graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ms. Kim’s background includes consulting, brand management, strategic planning, and non-profit management. She has served as interviewer for Harvard University for over 15 years, recruiting and assessing undergraduate applicants. Her professional background spans product management, project planning and marketing with top companies such as Yahoo!, ConAgra Foods and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. A skilled writer and communicator, Ms. Kim graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Harvard College.

Holly Han

An MBA graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Ms. Han has helped applicants gain admission to top programs since 2003. Her professional background spans consumer products, fashion, retail and technology for companies including J.C. Penney, Bloomgindale’s, Victoria’s Secret, and Anthropologie. A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Han is a director at The Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson. While attending UCLA, she was awarded fellowships from the Young Presidents’ Organization and Asian Business League, was a finalist in the Caltech and UCLA Business Plan Competitions, was VP of the Management Consulting Association, and wrote a technology column. Ms. Han has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley with additional studies at Caltech. She is conversant in Mandarin.

Inna Rudsky

Ms. Rudsky is an MBA graduate of The Wharton School where she majored in strategic management and operations. Selected to serve as an Admissions Fellow, Ms. Rudsky facilitated Wharton Team-based Discussions and conducted individual applicant interviews for the purpose of assessing applicants. She was nominated to serve as a Teaching Assistant for first-year MBA students. Ms. Rudsky worked in corporate and investment banking for Wells Fargo and HSBC, respectively, as well as in strategy and business development for global media and technology company Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal. She earned a bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Her language skills include Russian and Spanish.

Jamaal Glenn

Mr. Glenn is an MBA graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an MPA graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a veteran admissions consultant having helped a wide range of MBA and undergraduate applicants gain acceptance at top schools. Mr. Glenn’s credentials feature SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) and MLT (Management Leadership for Tomorrow). His professional experience includes working in business development at Google and investment banking at J.P. Morgan with emphasis on the technology and media industries, as well as digital media consulting and publishing. He earned a bachelor’s degrees in business administration (finance and banking) and journalism magna cum laude from the University of Missouri.

Jamee Lubkemann

Since graduating from The Wharton School with an MBA in Marketing and Human Resource & Organizational Management, Ms. Lubkemann has worked in marketing and strategy. Her professional credentials include American Express, Citigroup, Kraft Foods, Philip Morris and OmnicomGroup. While at Wharton, Ms. Lubkemann served as an Admissions Graduate Associate, and worked as an Admission Panelist, reading applications, evaluating and interviewing candidates for admission. Since then, she has helped applicants gain admission to top business schools. Ms. Lubkemann graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Jameel Adeniji

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Mr. Adeniji has advised a range of successful applicants targeting top-tier MBA programs, including Stanford, Wharton, INSEAD and Harvard. In addition, he has served as an admissions interviewer for Princeton University. Mr. Adeniji’s professional experience includes investment banking at Citigroup Global Markets and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York and Los Angeles, principal investing in frontier markets (sub-Saharan Africa), and strategic planning and sales in the technology industry. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in politics and political economy and a certificate in African studies from Princeton, where he was a four-year letterman on the varsity football team. Mr. Adeniji has professional working fluency in French.

Jean-Philippe Odunlami

Mr. Odunlami is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School. He has been active in education and career counseling for the past decade, guiding individuals with varied backgrounds through successful MBA admission campaigns at top programs including HBS and Wharton. His professional background spans the US, Asia, Europe and Africa. Mr. Odunlami has been a consultant and entrepreneur in investment management, cross-border acquisitions and real estate development. He also worked in research and analyst roles at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs in New York City. A native of France, he has also lived in the US, Singapore and Japan for several years. Mr. Odunlami earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in international business from Dillard University. He is fluent in French, and conversational in Japanese.

Jeff Phillips

An MPA graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School and MBA graduate of Northwestern’s Kellogg School, Mr. Phillips serves both dual- and single-degree applicants. His extracurricular background includes the position of Admissions Adjunct for Kellogg, a role in which he interviewed applicants on behalf of the admissions committee. His professional background spans the for-profit, not-for-profit, and public sectors and includes the co-founding of a successful financial services firm. In addition to graduate degrees from Harvard and Northwestern, Mr. Phillips has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Jessica Seymour

As a former Associate Director of Admissions at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Ms. Seymour evaluated hundreds of MBA and JD/MBA applicants each year. Her strategic initiatives helped attract more female applicants for Kellogg. Ms. Seymour is an MBA graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where she interviewed applicants as a Student Admissions Associate and participated in the Global Consultancy Program. Her professional background spans marketing and business development in the food industry, account management in the staffing industry, and marketing in the non-profit sector. Ms. Seymour earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration magna cum laude from Boston University. She is proficient in French.

Joanne Garcé-Rodríguez

Ms. Garcé-Rodríguez has been an admissions professional for nearly two decades. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, she was Manager for Faculty & Research at INSEAD Business School. She previously served Columbia Business School as Admissions Manager for the Executive MBA Program reviewing applications, interviewing applicants and managing waitlisted candidates. Ms. Garcé-Rodríguez was an Assistant Director of Operations for Columbia undergraduate admissions and then Director of Admissions for a small private college. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in architecture from Barnard College and master of arts degree in higher education administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. Ms. Garcé-Rodríguez holds a Professional Human Resources certificate and is fluent in Spanish.

Judith Stockmon

An MBA graduate of The Wharton School, Ms. Stockmon has successfully advised domestic and international applicants seeking admissions to top-tier graduate schools. Her emphasis is on specialized master’s degree programs including finance, financial engineering, computational mathematics, financial mathematics, business analytics, data science, statistics, economics, marketing, accounting and management. Ms. Stockmon’s admissions consulting experience includes MIT Sloan, Columbia, Stanford, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, New York University, Princeton, Duke, London Business School, Johns Hopkins and Washington University at St. Louis. She has served as Executive Director for Admissions, Marketing and Recruitment at George Washington University School of Business and as an alumni recruiter and admissions interviewer for The Wharton School. Her professional background includes consulting and marketing roles at leading companies such as Johnson & Johnson, American Express, and Showtime Networks. Ms. Stockmon graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and English.

Justin Carlson

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Mr. Carlson has successfully advised applicants from around the world in gaining acceptance to top MBA programs and management consulting firms. After graduating from HBS, he was a case team leader at Bain & Company, working in the Dallas and Bangkok offices, serving clients in healthcare, private equity, financial services, retail, airlines and industrial goods. After leaving Bain, Mr. Carlson became an executive at an early-stage machine-learning company. Prior to enrolling at Harvard Business School, he was a senior associate in KPMG’s advisory practice in Silicon Valley after earning a bachelor of science degree summa cum laude in accounting and economics from Brigham Young University – Hawaii. He speaks conversational Spanish.

Kara Dyer

Ms. Dyer is an MBA graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she focused on marketing and entrepreneurship. She has advised a variety of applicants targeting top business schools. Ms. Dyer founded a children’s specialty toy company and served as consultant for ZS Associates, which specializes in sales and marketing strategy. She was as an alumni mentor in the MIT Community Catalyst Leadership Program and worked in India with women entrepreneurs to start a sustainable energy company providing power to remote villages. Prior to business school, Ms. Dyer worked in marketing management and R&D for a consumer electronics startup. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Karen Lee

An MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Ms. Lee previously served as associate director of MBA admissions at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Before that, she was director of the Asian Pacific Alumni Program at the University of Southern California. Ms. Lee has worked extensively in leadership development and MBA recruitment at a S&P 500 / Fortune 500 leader in the healthcare industry and at billionaire Eli Broad’s prestigious Broad Residency program, recruiting and coaching MBAs from many top programs. In addition to her MBA education from Kellogg, Ms. Lee earned a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCLA. She speaks conversational Mandarin.

Karen Wu Audi

An MBA graduate of The Wharton School, Ms. Audi served as an Admissions Fellow reviewing applications on behalf of the admissions staff. She has successfully advised a wide range of applicants targeting top universities. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, Ms. Audi worked as a management consultant, entrepreneur and scientist. Her experience spans strategy, marketing, business development, and product development for industries including consumer package goods, beauty, healthcare, personal care, chemicals, publishing and education. She has served iconic companies including Estee Lauder, Avon, A.T. Kearney, Procter & Gamble, and DuPont. Ms. Audi earned a PhD in analytical chemistry from Duke University and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Delaware. She is conversant in Mandarin.

Kimberly Raynor-Smith

Ms. Raynor-Smith has worked in business school admissions and recruiting since 1998. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange in 2004, she was Associate Director of MBA Admissions at The Wharton School where she recruited, interviewed and evaluated applicants and provided individualized support to female applicants. Previously, Ms. Raynor-Smith was an MBA recruiter at Bain & Company and the Boston Consulting Group. She has expertise in counseling candidates from application to post-graduation career. Ms. Raynor-Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Psychology and Sociology.

Lauren Lehner

An MBA graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ms. Lehner served on the Student Admissions Committee where she reviewed applicants and made recommendations for admission. Following business school, she was an alumni interviewer for MBA applicants. Professionally, Ms. Lehner has worked at American Express, in both marketing and human resources, recruiting MBA and undergraduate students into the company. Prior to attending business school, she worked in IT and management consulting for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Lehner graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Louis Sterling

Mr. Sterling earned his JD and MBA with Honors from Harvard University. He has provided guidance and support to law and business school applicants since 2003. While attending Harvard, Mr. Sterling was president of the JD/MBA Club. He also served as a resident tutor at Harvard College helping students navigate the JD admissions process. Mr. Sterling worked in investment banking for Goldman Sachs and later in the private equity and municipal-bond guaranty industries. He graduated as valedictorian from Howard University with a bachelor’s of business administration degree, majoring in finance. Conversant in Spanish, Mr. Sterling was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship and studied in Spain.

Lynn Replogle

An MBA graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in strategy, finance and entrepreneurship, Ms. Replogle has supported a range of successful candidates pursuing admission to leading business schools. She has served as an admissions interviewer, analyzing and evaluating MBA applicants for the Booth admissions office. At Booth, Ms. Replogle and her teammates were finalists in the New Venture Challenge, Northwestern Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition, and Venture Capital Investment Competition. Her professional background includes life-science strategy consulting as well as building an early-stage, venture-backed startup. Prior to attending business school, she served as an engineer and scientist at Abbott Laboratories. Ms. Replogle earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received the President’s Undergraduate Research Award as a research assistant.

Malindi Davies

While earning her MBA degree at the University of Chicago with concentrations in accounting and economics, Ms. Davies analyzed MBA applications as a member of the Dean’s Student Admissions Committee. A Chartered Financial Analyst, her professional background includes equity research roles focused on the Internet, telecommunications, media and ecommerce sectors for firms including CIBC World Markets and Banc of America Securities. Ms. Davies’ academic credentials include a master’s degree in social organization psychology from Columbia University where she studied leadership, management ethics and executive coaching. She is also a graduate of Yale University with a bachelor’s of science degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Ms. Davies was an Ivy League Champion swimmer.

Margo Diewald

An MBA graduate of The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Ms. Diewald won three case competitions, including the Deloitte Case Competition, the Fuqua Case Bowl, and the Dell Marketing Intern Case Competition. She has advised a range of MBA applicants in gaining admission to top-tier business schools including Chicago Booth, Kellogg and Fuqua. Additionally, she has recruited graduates of highly ranked MBA programs for consulting and corporate roles. Her professional background, including strategy consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and global marketing at Dell, enables her to help MBA applicants position themselves with clarity, impact and consistency. Ms. Diewald earned her bachelor of science degree in business management, with concentrations in marketing and finance, at North Carolina State University. Having received a Park Scholarship for scholarship, leadership, service and character, she has served on the Regional Selection Committee for this prestigious award since 2014.

Maria Spaulding

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Ms. Spaulding has helped numerous applicants gain acceptance into highly selective MBA programs; she leverages her marketing background and branding expertise to help clients position themselves competitively. Ms. Spaulding’s diverse professional background includes marketing, asset management and investment banking. She has helped develop iconic brands such as Ritz, Planters and Gorton’s. Prior to business school, she worked in equity underwriting and M&A for JPMorgan. Deeply committed to community service, Ms. Spaulding has served as president of a non-profit board and conducted business and professional development seminars. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University, where she majored in economics and history. Ms. Spaulding is conversant Spanish and Portuguese.

Marina Glazman

Marina Glazman is an MBA graduate of The Wharton School where she served as an Admissions Fellow, assessing applicants for admission to the full-time MBA program. Ms. Glazman is currently the Founder and CEO of Suitely, a startup online retailer reinventing the shopping experience for home furnishings and décor. She previously worked in corporate strategy, consulting, and competitive intelligence, serving media, education, and pharma clients at Bainbridge, Inc; and worked in international revenue strategy at Dow Jones with The Wall Street Journal. Prior to Wharton, Ms. Glazman co-founded and ran Olympia Consulting Group, providing marketing strategy for growth stage retail, media, and hospitality businesses. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California-San Diego in International Studies and Russian Literature.

Matthew Stephenson

An MBA graduate of The Wharton School, Mr. Stephenson served as an Admissions Fellow assessing applications and interviewing candidates on behalf of the Wharton admissions office. His background spans finance, entrepreneurship and education. Mr. Stephenson began as an analyst at Goldman Sachs focusing on credit derivatives and mortgage-backed securities. He later worked for non-profit Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) managing the sales and trading internship program. After teaching math at Achievement First, Mr. Stephenson joined NewSchools Venture Fund as associate partner, then a network of 9 charter schools as Director of Finance. He has also launched two start-ups. While earning his bachelor’s degree in finance and information systems from NYU Stern, Mr. Stephenson received the Madame CJ Walker Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement for co-founding a profitable apparel company. He is conversant in Spanish.

Matthew Strickler

A JD/MBA graduate of Northwestern University, Mr. Strickler served on the Kellogg Admissions Committee and was an admissions interviewer for MBA and JD/MBA applicants. His professional background includes operations and strategy roles spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia for a Fortune 50 technology company. Mr. Strickler served as a principal at Boston Consulting Group with emphasis on strategy and organization for healthcare, consumer/retail, public education, pharmaceutical, media and telecommunications clients. He also played a key role in BCG’s extensive support for business school applicants targeting top-tier MBA programs. Mr. Strickler was an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s Law School. Formerly a Captain in the US Army, Mr. Strickler earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and international relations from the US Military Academy.

Micah Rowland

An MBA graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mr. Rowland was a member of the Admissions Advisory Committee, interacting directly with applicants and visitors to the School. Following graduation, he advised a range of applicants on business school admissions before joining The MBA Exchange. After business school, he joined management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, serving companies in retail, consumer goods, technology and the public sector in North America and Asia. After leaving McKinsey, Mr. Rowland spent stints in strategy and brand management at Starbucks before moving into the tech startup world where he has served in executive roles at several venture-backed startup companies. Prior to business school, he was a systems engineer in the defense sector after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University.

Michael Geneser

As a former Assistant Director of Admissions at the Kellogg School of Management, Mr. Geneser was responsible for recruiting, interviewing and evaluating hundreds of MBA applicants each year. He interacted with a wide range of candidates, including military veterans, applicants to the joint MBA/Master’s in Engineering (MMM) program, and applicants from Latin America. An advocate for diversity, Mr. Geneser liaised with the Kellogg Veterans Association and the Gay and Lesbian Management Association. His roles in higher education span admissions, career coaching and student services. Mr. Geneser’s professional background also includes professional sports and non-profit experience. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Coe College and a master of science in education degree from DePaul University.

Michele Shen

An MBA graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business, Ms. Shen specialized in marketing, strategy, and EMT (entertainment media, and technology). At Stern, she interacted directly with admissions staff and prospective students in the evaluation process supporting the Torch Committee. She has advised a variety of business school applicants since 2010. Ms. Shen’s professional background includes product marketing, digital marketing and brand strategy, working with leading companies such as Yahoo!, DirecTV, Toyota, Neutrogena, Omnicom and Samsung. She has worked closely with companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Twitter. She has experience in start-ups, large and small, focused on ad technology and emerging media (i.e., mobile, social, video, connected TV). Ms.Shen earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA with a double major in communication studies and sociology, and is fluent in Mandarin.

Michelle Harrison Bacharach

Ms. Bacharach is an MBA graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University. While attending Stern, she was selected by the admissions staff to serve on the Torch Committee where she met directly with and evaluated applicants. She was a VP of the Media, Entertainment and Sports Association. In addition, Ms. Bacharach participated as a student and alumna in school-sponsored events for new admits. She has successfully advised individuals applying to MBA and undergraduate programs. Ms. Bacharach’s professional background spans the media, technology and digitalentertainment industries. She earned two bachelor of arts degrees from University of California, Berkeley and was named to Phi Beta Kappa international honors society. Ms. Bacharach is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

Miklos Raibon

An MBA graduate of Columbia Business School, Mr. Raibon focused in marketing and entrepreneurship, helped guide the Center on Global Brand Leadership, and was active with the Marketing Association of Columbia. Additionally, he was a member of the Hermes Society, assisting the Admissions Office with events and providing recommendations on applicants. Mr. Raibon interviewed MBA candidates as an alumnus and assisted others with informational interviews. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, he entered the Brand Leadership Development Program at ConAgra Foods and then continued his brand management career at Kimberly Clark and Dr.Pepper Snapple Group. Mr. Raibon earned his bachelor of science degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Nick Navarro

An MBA graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mr. Navarro distinguished himself as the youngest member of his MBA class, entering GSB directly after graduating from Harvard College. He won grand prize in Harvard’s largest business plan competition (Innovation Challenge) and worked directly with HBS Professor Richard Hackman in researching cross-cultural teams. In addition to GSB, Mr. Navarro was also admitted to Harvard Business School. He has advised a number of MBA applicants who gained admission to top business schools including his alma mater. He co-founded the Stanford Venture Studio supporting the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES). Mr. Navarro’s corporate background spans investor relations, talent acquisition, legal operations, executive recruiting, the arts, and entrepreneurship. Past corporate employers include Intel, Biogen and Fidelity. He also has extensive international background, including entrepreneurial experience in China, Brazil, Spain, France, Croatia and Nigeria.

Ori Dekel

An MBA graduate of Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, Mr. Dekel served on the student admissions committee. He has helped a wide range of applicants, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, to gain admission to top MBA programs. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, Mr. Dekel’s professional experience included business development with a leading realty investment trust, project management with a civil engineering firm, nonprofit management, as well as serving with distinction in the Israeli Defense Force. He speaks fluent Hebrew and holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

Rangena Hotaki

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Ms. Hotaki has assisted numerous applicants in gaining acceptance into highly selective MBA and JD programs. Experienced in strategy and management consulting, Ms. Hotaki has been employed by Accenture & Booz Allen Hamilton with a focus on the telecommunications, technology, financial services, civil and federal industries. She also has worked in the retail sector, as owner/operator of a successful Domino’s Pizza franchise, and conducted strategic planning for luxury brand Coach. Passionate about global community service, Ms. Hotaki provides pro-bono management consulting to non-profit organizations and business expertise to women’s entrepreneurship and advocacy institutions. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Rebecca Maescher

Ms. Maescher is an MBA graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she evaluated applications and interviewed candidates as a Dean’s Admissions Fellow. An accomplished business writer, she has advised many candidates on their applications to top business schools, resulting in their acceptances. Ms. Maescher’s professional experience includes strategy consulting for executives in the financial services, retail, and entertainment industries; program management for an education nonprofit organization; and operations for The White House. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

Reza Shahcheraghi

An MBA graduate of the Haas School at University of California at Berkeley, with concentrations in entrepreneurship, marketing and organizational behavior, Mr. Shahcheraghi is a trusted advisor to business professionals worldwide. His prior background includes management consulting at McKinsey & Company focused on financial performance and organizational effectiveness for clients in banking, construction and other industries. Other past affiliations include Silicon Valley Bank, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He also has extensive background in advising non-profit foundations, NGOs and social entrepreneurs. Having lived in the US, Latin America and Europe, Mr. Shahcheraghi is fluent in Portuguese and Farsi, and conversant in Spanish. He earned a bachelor of science degree in commerce at the University of Virginia with emphasis in finance and MIS.

Rina Patel

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Ms. Patel has advised many MBA applicants who gained admission to top business schools, including international candidates who received scholarships. She worked at McKinsey & Company for more than a decade in various professional roles including Associate Partner/Senior Expert in the Consumer Practice. Her clients spanned the food, apparel, package goods and retail industries. Earlier in her career, she worked at Procter & Gamble, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and L’Oréal (Lancôme). Ms. Patel earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on Marketing and Finance. She speaks conversational Gujarati and Spanish.

Ryan McGovern

An MBA/MS graduate of Northwestern University’s MMM Program, Mr. McGovern was a member of the Kellogg Student Admissions Committee. As one of only five MMM students selected to read applications, he evaluated more than 100 applicants and earned a 90% accuracy rating. As CEO and co-founder of a venture-backed, medical device start-up, Mr. McGovern has particular insights for MBA applicants with technical and/or entrepreneurial backgrounds. His professional experience also includes roles in venture capital, manufacturing and engineering. In addition to graduate degrees from Northwestern, Mr. McGovern earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Saurabh Dhingra

An MBA graduate of INSEAD (France), Mr. Dhingra worked closely with INSEAD’s Admissions Committee assessing profiles and interviewing applicants. He has counselled individuals targeting top schools such as INSEAD, London Business School, Oxford Said, IE Spain, IMD, Wharton and Kellogg on admissions and career planning. Mr. Dhingra’s professional experience includes strategy and corporate development in financial services as well as management consulting at McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. As a consultant, he advised clients in the financial services, natural resources and industrial sectors on competitive strategy, corporate finance, M&A and performance improvement. His background spans Asia Pacific (China, India, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand) as well as Europe (UK and France). Mr. Dhingra is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction from SRCC, University of New Delhi.

Seth Gilmore

An MBA graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Seth Gilmore has supported a range of business school candidates and advised successful applicants on essay writing, interview preparation and overall positioning. At Tuck, Mr. Gilmore supported the director of MBA Admissions on matriculant research and data analysis. His professional background includes management roles at Intel and The New York Times. Mr. Gilmore’s entrepreneurial experience includes founding two companies in the U.S. and co-founding one in India. He has advised other entrepreneurs in Europe, South Africa and Bangladesh, and helped organize a national conference for LGBT MBAs. Mr. Gilmore also co-founded a restaurant company with locations in Boston and Seattle. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University where he was awarded the Presidential Medal, his alma mater’s highest honor.

Shamus Donlon

Mr. Donlon attended Northwestern University where he earned a dual MBA and MEM (Masters in Engineering Management) in the Kellogg School of Management MMM program. He was also offered admission to Chicago Booth. While at Kellogg, Mr. Donlon was selected by the Admissions Committee to evaluate and interview candidates. Since 2013, he has used his admissions insights and experiences to help applicants gain admission to the world’s most prestigious business schools, often with substantial scholarships. His professional background features corporate strategy and M&A in the beverage industry for E&J Gallo winery. Mr. Donlon has also worked in management consulting at Bain & Company. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and industrial engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sona Gandhi

An MBA graduate of The Wharton School in finance and public policy, Ms. Gandhi worked in the Wharton MBA Admissions Office assisting non-traditional, socially-minded applicants. Following graduation, she continued to advise a variety of candidates, enabling them to gain admission to prestigious MBA programs. She has served as a guest lecturer at Wharton and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and as a Director on the Board of Women Advancing Microfinance-International (WAM-I). An international development professional specializing in microfinance, Ms. Gandhi has worked at global microfinance network FINCA in senior management positions including Deputy to the President & CEO and subsequently CEO of FINCA’s subsidiary in Guatemala. Her field work includes experience with subsidiaries in Pakistan and Jordan. Before FINCA, Ms. Gandhi’s career spanned management consulting at Andersen, government/politics in the office of a United States Congressman, and investment banking at UBS. She holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Maryland at College Park. Ms. Gandhi speaks fluent Gujarati, intermediate Spanish and conversational French and Arabic.

Sonny Tai

An MBA graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Mr. Tai concentrated on marketing, strategic management and entrepreneurship. Following graduation, Mr. Tai served as an admissions interviewer, analyzing potential candidates for the Booth admissions staff. Mr. Tai’s professional background includes strategy and operations consulting with Accenture. Prior to business school, he was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Tai previously lived in South Africa and Taiwan, and volunteered in Africa where he launched an online jewelry business benefitting local artisans. He earned a bachelor’s arts degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is fluent in Mandarin and proficient in French.

Stacey-Ann Johnson

A dual-degree graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Johnson graduated from the Wharton School with an MBA in Finance, and from the Lauder Institute with an MA in International Studies. At Wharton, she worked in admissions for both programs, evaluating applications and conducting applicant interviews. After business school, Ms. Johnson worked as an M&A investment banker at Credit Suisse and subsequently as associate director of financial reporting at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Prior to business school, she was as an analyst for NERA Economic Consulting and helped start a microfinance fund while living in Latin America. Ms. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Columbia University.

Steve Johnson

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Mr. Johnson’s background includes strategic planning and M&A in the asset management arena. He has held a range of responsibilities including product management, strategic planning, and marketing with top companies such as Fidelity Investments, Intuit (makers of Quicken and Turbo Tax), and EXP Systems, a high-technology start-up. Before joining The MBA Exchange as a consultant, he helped numerous candidates apply successfully to top business schools. An accomplished writer and communicator, Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, where he double majored in History and Economics.

Steven Hooper, Jr.

An MBA graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Mr. Hooper served as an Admissions Associate and Host, interviewing applicants and working with the Admissions staff throughout the application process. At Tuck, he also served as President of the Student Board and a member of the Technology, Entrepreneurship, VC/PE and Tripod Hockey Clubs as well as the Dartmouth Graduate Student Senate. Mr. Hooper’s professional background spans investment banking and venture capital, advising and investing in companies of various stages and industries, and entrepreneurship in the food and beverage industry. He has worked, traveled and studied extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. Mr. Hooper graduated cum laude from Colby College where he received his degree in Economics with distinction and minored in Computer Science. He also participated on Colby’s crew team.

Sumi Maun

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Ms. Maun has advised applicants who gained admission to top-tier MBA programs including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, and Columbia. In addition to her role with The MBA Exchange, she currently serves Harvard University as an interviewer assessing undergraduate applicants. Ms. Maun worked at McKinsey & Company advising clients in the media, retail, medical device, and non-profit industries. She also served in strategic planning and business development for MTV Networks and Time Warner Interactive. Ms. Maun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University. She has traveled to over 25 countries worldwide.

Susanne Gruda

An MBA graduate of The Wharton School, Ms. Gruda emphasized marketing and strategic management. While attending Wharton, she also worked in the admissions office analyzing applicant essays on behalf of the admissions staff. Since business school graduation, she has successfully advised a range of applicants targeting top-tier MBA programs. Ms. Gruda’s professional background includes management roles at Google in New York City and Toronto, as well as positions with Amazon and McKinsey & Company. She has lived in the US, Canada and Australia. Ms. Gruda earned a bachelor of commerce at McGill University with concentration in marketing, math and psychology.

Talon Rindels

An MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Mrs. Rindels focused her studies in marketing. She served in leadership capacities including VP of the Marketing Club and President of the Triathlon Club. Following graduation, she interviewed and assessed candidates on behalf of the Kellogg admissions committee and served as a lead on-campus recruiter for General Mills and ConAgra. Mrs. Rindels has guided MBA applicants targeting top U.S. and European programs including Stanford, Harvard, Kellogg, London Business School, and Michigan Ross. She serves as an outreach ambassador for the Network of Executive Women. Her professional experience spans merchandising, brand management, global M&A, sales, and finance for iconic companies such as General Mills, ConAgra Brands and Target. Mrs. Rindels holds a bachelor of arts degree in finance and business management from the University of Wisconsin Madison and studied at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

Taneka Francis

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Ms. Francis has advised a rangeof applicants with diverse backgrounds in gaining admissions to top-tiergraduate schools. While attending HBS, she was a consultant to non-profitorganizations and wrote one of the first web-based cases now taught in asecond-year course. Ms. Francis’s professional history includes equityresearch, private equity, asset management marketing, and managementconsulting at leading companies such as Accenture, Goldman Sachs, TheHartford, and T. Rowe Price. She graduated from Columbia University with abachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Tannia Schrieber

An MBA graduate of The Wharton School, with a major in strategic management and marketing, Ms. Schrieber evaluated applications and interviewed candidates for Wharton. As a member of the Admissions Committee, she co-managed Wharton’s online discussion board, provided “ding” analyses for rejected applicants, and represented the School on admissions panels at conferences. Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, Ms. Schrieber had a decade of experience in HR management. Certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources, she has worked as a consultant, labor negotiator, HR manager and recruiter. Ms. Schrieber earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Valerie Villarreal

An MBA alumna of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ms. Villarreal has provided MBA application, interview and case-coaching support for nearly a decade. As a first-generation college graduate and daughter of immigrants, she has particular expertise in and passion for helping clients refine their vision and convey their diversity. Ms. Villarreal began her career in management consulting at McKinsey & Company, then transitioned to product and marketing roles in the tech sector for Live Nation and Snapchat. She has advised startups in the insurance, healthcare, and fintech industries. Her professional experience also includes asset management at Deutsche Bank and product management at Amazon. Ms. Villarreal earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science at Stanford. She is proficient in Spanish.

Vincent Huang

An MBA graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Huang evaluated applicants as a student interviewer on behalf of the Haas MBA admissions committee. At Haas, he served as president of the Digital Media & Entertainment Club and was a founding member of the DiSC (club focused on design thinking). Since graduation, Mr. Huang has advised a range of applicants to top business schools. His professional background includes product management, marketing, strategy and intrapreneurship roles in venture-funded and public technology companies. Mr. Huang also managed a non-profit film festival in Washington, DC. In addition to his MBA degree, Mr. Huang earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University. He is conversant in Mandarin.

Vishal Bhatia

As Associate Director of MBA Student Life at The Wharton School, Mr. Bhatia helped reshape the MBA experience. Working closely with the Wharton admissions staff, he met prospective applicants to determine fit. Subsequently, as Assistant Director of MBA Recruitment & Admissions at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, he evaluated applications, interviewed candidates and awarded scholarships. As an admissions and career consultant, Mr. Bhatia has advised clients with a wide range of backgrounds and aspirations. He is an ICF Certified Professional Coach and a contributing author of the book Committed Teams: 3 Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance (Wiley, 2016). Mr. Bhatia co-founded a music-tech company, worked in sports and TV production, and completed paramilitary service with distinction. He has worked and studied in the US, UK, India and Canada. Mr. Bhatia earned a master’s degree in sports business management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and bachelor’s in physics from the University of Mumbai.

Yhana Chavis

Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, Ms. Chavis served Northwestern University as Associate Director of the MMM dual-degree Program at the McCormick School of Engineering and as Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Kellogg School of Management. She evaluated a wide range of applications and assessed candidates from around the world. Previously, Ms. Chavis was Regional Director for the Office of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career at Delta Airlines. Ms. Chavis earned a master of science degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Agnes Scott College. Active in community service and volunteerism, she is fluent in Spanish.