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Bachelor’s degree from Yale University; MBA from Wharton.

About Jeff

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

About Shaifali

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

About Chrissie

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 from Duke University

About Chidi

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

About Salma

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 Psychology, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., Harvard Business School; M.S.W., New York University

About Sara

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

About Samantha

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

About JaMaar

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.


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MBA, Harvard Business School AB with Honors in Economics, The University of Chicago

About Asha

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 with Asha.









MBA from Columbia Business School BBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison

About Philip

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.









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.

About Jamie

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.

About Mariya

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

About David

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.



MBA from Wharton, MPA Harvard Kennedy School of Government

About Richard

Richard is a joint-degree graduate of the Wharton School and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned an MBA in entrepreneurial management and an MPA in social and urban policy, respectively. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned a BA in Neuroscience. Prior to graduate school, Richard co-founded a public middle school in New Haven, CT as a Teach For America alumnus and served as one of the school’s inaugural principals. Aside from his time in education entrepreneurship, Richard also has experience in management consulting as well as business development for education technology related new ventures. At The Wharton School, Richard was actively involved in the Entrepreneurship, General Management, and Social Impact clubs, as well as the Asian American MBA student association, and the Wharton Warriors basketball club, where he served as president. At The Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned both The Public Service and The John F. Kennedy Fellowship Awards, Richard focused heavily on the negotiations curricula as well as rigorous coursework in international trade and finance, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.


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MBA – Cornell’s Johnson School of Business

About Uvika

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.

About Jacqueline

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.







BA in Economics, cum laude, University of Maryland, College Park; BS in Information Systems, cum laude, University of Maryland, College Park; MBA, Harvard Business School

About Temitope

Temitope started her career as an internal auditor at Goldman Sachs in New York covering the Finance & Banking divisions. She then worked for Asia’s leading agribusiness company, Wilmar, where she was responsible for business development. Her most recent entrepreneurial pursuits include founding Vertaus Ltd., a food service startup in Ghana and setting up and managing the operations for Jumia (e-commerce) in Ghana. Temitope is an alumna of INROADS and MLT MBA Prep and loves traveling, mentoring, and experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen.







B.S. Pharmacy, with distinction, from Purdue University. M.B.A. from Harvard Business School

About John

Before joining Stratus Prep, Mr. Buckingham is a Marketing Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University where he won the 2015 George Award as the Faculty Member of the Year. He is a serial entrepreneur and has founded and sold many startup companies to private equity firms and has been CEO of many private and public companies in a variety of industries over a three decade career.







BS from the University of Illinois, MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

About Santosh

Santosh received his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BS from the University of Illinois. At Booth, Santosh serves on the Admissions Committee and is very involved in leadership roles at the university. His work experience includes the financial and software industries. Santosh is also the recipient of a 770 GMAT score. In his free time, Santosh enjoys traveling, exercise, and meditation.








MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management (recipient of the Martin Trust Community Fellowship).  BA in Economics, Brandeis University.

About Harold

Before Stratus, Harold began his business career at Bain & Company, where he was a member of the Private Equity Group.  His work there included investment deal generation, strategic due diligence and portfolio company acceleration. Following this, Harold took a more entrepreneurial road, starting four successful companies over the last dozen years.  These endeavors have generally been focused on residential energy efficiency and the “green” home.  His most recent company was a website and print magazine (yes, print!) devoted to healthy and sustainable homes.  This company was successfully sold in February, 2015 to a regional media company.




AB in Economics modified with Computer Science from Dartmouth College.  MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

About Susan

Before joining Stratus Prep, Susan gained over twenty years of diverse work experience including consulting and high tech product management with both established and start-up companies.  Additionally, she has spent the past decade working in Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  As a former Division I varsity athlete, she understands how lessons learned and skills developed on the playing field, track or in the pool translate into success in business.