Bachelor’s degree from Yale University; MBA from Wharton.
Jeff is a former Wharton admissions reader and interviewer, as well as a highly successful admissions counselor who has helped numerous students gain entrance to their top choice business schools over the last four years. Jeff has his undergraduate degree from Yale and played in the NFL after graduating.
AB degree from Princeton University; MBA from Harvard Business School
Shaifali is EVP, Business Development & Strategy at Stratus Prep and is enjoying contributing to the growth of the company. Before making the transition to entrepreneurship, Shaifali spent most of her career as a finance professional on Wall Street, where she worked in the asset management and investment banking industries. While at Harvard Business School, Shaifali was VP Admissions of the Women’s Student Association, and in this role, worked directly with the Admissions Office as a liaison between current and prospective/admitted women. She finds it very rewarding to help others achieve their educational goals.
AB from Duke University; MBA from Harvard Business School
Chrissie received her AB from Duke University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has an incredibly diverse background which includes roles in business development at MTV Networks & Creative Artists Agency as well as five years of experience at Bain & Company working with a variety of clients in private equity, healthcare, consumer goods and IT services.
MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, BA in English and American Studies from Princeton University
Sarah has her MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, BA in English and American Studies from Princeton University.
Sarah has over twenty years of experience as a strategy and marketing professional with experience in financial services, tech, healthcare, and consulting. She is an ICF-certified coach who works with executive and professional clients on career development and leadership strategies.
MBA from Duke University
Chidi Erike earned his MBA from Duke University where he was very involved with the admissions process as an Admissions Ambassador and MBA Finance Club president. He is also a Management Leadership For Tomorrow fellow and Ambassador. Chidi has experience working in investment banking and investment rating–as well as emerging and global markets at Bank of America, JP Morgan, and others.
BS from Stanford University; SM from MIT; MBA from Harvard Business School
Salma is a strategist who has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is also an actor, earning multiple Helen Hayes Awards and Nominations, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Salma began her career at Orbital Sciences designing and manufacturing satellites. After receiving her MBA from HBS, Salma served as the Director of Strategic Planning for AOL’s $1B Member Services organization and then as the Director of International Business Development. Salma left AOL to pursue her passion for the arts and joined Synetic Theater as its Managing Director and COO. While at Synetic, she increased annual revenue over 60% and produced 20 shows, serving a total of over 35,000 patrons per year and earning 30 Helen Hayes Award Nominations and nine Awards. Throughout her career, Salma has focused on mentoring and people development. She is always learning and genuinely enjoys helping others reach their personal and professional goals.
B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, New York University; J.D., Stanford Law School; LL.M., New York University School of Law; M.B.A., summa cum laude, East Carolina University
After graduating law school, Helen worked as a tax associate at the former Dewey Ballantine in New York where she developed a niche representing clients in international corporate tax issues. After moving to North Carolina to raise her family, Helen consulted in health care and investment management and has taught Business Law at Salem College and Surry Community College. She is a member of the New York and North Carolina State Bars.
Yale University, Masters; Southwestern University, Bachelors
Joshua graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor’s in English. At Southwestern, he was a Paideia Scholar as well as a King Scholar. Additionally, Joshua was a Texas Governor’s Fellow where he served in the office of the Governor of the State of Texas in the Constituent Services Department. After college, Joshua served as an AmeriCorps Member through City Year New York where he worked at a public school in the South Bronx. Following his year of service, Joshua joined City Year development staff, as the Civic Engagement Manager, directing teams that created partnerships with corporations, law firms, and community-based organizations. For his graduate studies, Joshua decided to study religion at Yale, after also having received acceptance from Harvard University.
B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., Harvard Business School; M.S.W., New York University
Sara began her career in marketing at American Express. After attending Harvard Business School, where she was president of the marketing club and a career team leader, Sara went on to work as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising clients on marketing and organizational issues. Sara then worked at Unilever as a brand manager on well known brands, such as Dove body wash and Suave hair products. After ten years in marketing and consulting, Sara is now passionate about helping others achieve success. She is currently training to become a psychoanalyst, and is excited to combine her understanding of what makes people tick with her business expertise to focus on admissions counseling, career coaching, and executive coaching.
MA from Columbia, MBA from Columbia, BA from Harvard
Samantha has a background in marketing research and is a former admissions interviewer at Columbia Business School. Although she enjoys the process of understanding her clients’ professional and academic backgrounds, hearing about their personal lives is the most special. She helps her clients dig deeper to find their buried, fascinating stories from their personal lives and translates these exceptional stories to paper. One of her passions is traveling with her family. She also likes to horseback ride, solve crossword puzzles and volunteer.
BA from UCLA, MBA from Wharton
JaMaar grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended UCLA. While obtaining his MBA at Wharton, JaMaar worked with various student organizations and chaired the annual Prospective Students Conference. After business school, JaMaar worked at Deloitte as a Senior Consultant, assisting clients in supply chain and post-merger integration. He has also assisted education clients in the areas of strategy, finance, and operations. Before joining Stratus Prep, JaMaar completed a fellowship in education through the Broad Residency.
MBA, Harvard Business School AB with Honors in Economics, The University of Chicago
Over the past 18 years, Asha has worked in a range of industries: education, finance, open source software, and artisan-made textiles; and across the private, non-profit, and government sector. She has lived in the US, India, Singapore, and London. Connecting her experiences, she has focused on navigating turnaround environments and nurturing community-driven business models, both supported by analytics and transparency.
Asha started her career at Goldman Sachs in New York and distressed debt investing in London. After HBS, she worked in product marketing at open source pioneer, Red Hat. She was a Venture Director at Innosight Ventures, founded by HBS professor Clayton Christensen, in India and Singapore. She also consulted to Fabindia in Delhi and Eileen Fisher in New York.
Asha has her MBA from Harvard Business School as well as her AB in Economics from The University of Chicago (Honors). You are in great hands working withAsha.
MBA from Columbia Business School BBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Philip is an entrepreneur and strategy consultant and before joining Stratus Prep, he worked in media, apparel, and professional services industries. Prior to business school, he worked in marketing, focused on cross-border business development projects between the U.S. and China. While at business school, he concentrated on media, primarily the music industry and the digital media landscape in East Asia. Throughout his career he has been involved in counseling and mentorship, both domestically and abroad.
MBA from New York University Stern School of Business; Law Studies Georgetown University Law Center; Fullbright Scholar Pontificia Catolica Universidad de Lima; BS University of Scranton Magna Cum Laude
Before joining Stratus Prep, Mr. Kondracki worked on Wall Street for over twenty years. He has a wealth of experience with Citigroup, the Inter-American Development Bank, Prudential Securities, Deutsche Bank, and Source Capital Group, Inc. in Westport, CT. He has originated and closed over $6 billion of financing transactions in North and South America. He is happily married to Judy Liu and they have two sons. Additionally, Michael is bilingual (Spanish/English) and served as a Simultaneous Interpreter for the U.S. Dept. of State. Michael enjoys mentoring students. He has published with Ed Altman, Chairman of the Finance Department at NYU.
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth as a Forte Fellow and winner of the Julia Stell Award – a selective award presented to students who made substantial contributions to the Tuck community and showed extraordinary efforts to help fellow students. As president of Women in Business and Net Impact, Jamie mentored prospective students in their admissions process and fellow students in their career searches.
Before joining Stratus, Jamie paved her own career path in corporate responsibility, working in sustainability for Nestlé Waters, ING US, Calvert Investments, and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development. Prior to business school, Jamie lived in India on a fellowship and helped provide business training to village entrepreneurs in rural India. She has a BBA from the McCombs School of Business and a BA from the prestigious Plan II Honors program at The University of Texas at Austin. Jamie is passionate about helping people define success for themselves and chart a path to achieve it.
A graduate of Wharton with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate, Mariya spent several years as a real estate private equity analyst in Deutsche Bank’s New York City and London offices. After deciding to switch gears and transition to healthcare, Mariya pursued her MBA at Harvard Business School, where she was actively involved in the Healthcare Club and Healthcare Initiative.
Before joining Stratus, Mariya worked as a Senior Consultant in the Strategic Planning Division of Kaiser Permanente where she led cross-functional teams in spreading and scaling cost-saving initiatives as well as deploying quality and service improvements across the Hawaii region. In her free time, Mariya enjoys learning about other cultures, including through traveling and trying new foods with her family.
MBA – The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, B.S. Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
David was born in Russia and grew up in Minnesota. During his time at Chicago Booth, he served on the admissions committee. He spent 5 years working in Financial Risk Management consulting, advising global financial institutions on quantifying and mitigating their risks. Before joining Stratus Prep he has held a series of positions in Finance and Marketing at Discover Financial Services, most recently in acquisition strategy for Discover’s flagship ‘Discover it’ credit card. Outside of work David enjoys travel, both international and local with his wife and small children.
Wharton and Harvard with an MBA/MPA, BA in Neurobiology from Northwestern
Richard is a graduate of Wharton and Harvard with an MBA/MPA respectively; he also has a BA in Neurobiology from Northwestern. At Wharton Richard studied Strategic Management and was a member of the healthcare, consulting and Asian-American MBA club. At Harvard, Richard was a John F. Kennedy fellowship recipient. Before joining Stratus, Richard worked in consulting doing quant analysis and market forecasting, and in education–including at Teach For America.
MBA – Cornell’s Johnson School of Business
Uvika earned her MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School of Business. Before joining Stratus Prep, Uvika has an accomplished and progressive career with over 10 years of experience in the corporate world across various industries and functions including Financial Services, Defense, Chemicals, Manufacturing, Strategy, Marketing, Technology, Operations and Performance Management. Throughout her career, Uvika has been very passionate about mentoring and has helped individuals reach their full career and educational potential.
MBA – Finance at University of Pennsylvania at The Wharton School, BA -Government from Dartmouth College, MA – International Relations at Johns Hopkins University.
Jacqueline received her BA in Government from Dartmouth College, her MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University – SAIS and her MBA in Finance at University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School. Jacqueline began her career in international development with the World Bank and USAID. After Wharton, she joined Morgan Stanley and worked with a wide variety of companies to raise capital in public debt and equity markets. Before joining Stratus, Jacqueline headed equity derivatives marketing at BNP Paribas, and directed capital raising, business development and operations for an investment fund.