Carnegie Mellon University

Meet Our MBA Admissions Team

We know that the investment in your future is a significant decision. The Tepper School's MBA Admissions team is here to help you through the process.


Reach out to our team early in the application process to ensure that outstanding support and expertise is available throughout your decision-making process.

We also encourage all candidates to join us for a virtual visit, visit our campus in Pittsburgh and learn more about the scholarships and fellowships available at the Tepper School.

You can contact the MBA Admissions office by phone at 412-268-5687 or by email at mba-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu.

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Kelly R. Wilson, Executive Director of Masters Admissions

Kelly joined the Masters Admissions team in August of 2012. In her role as executive director, she brings more than 15 years of admissions and recruiting experience to the Tepper School. Prior to her experience in higher education, Kelly worked as a strategic change consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and an account executive for Johnson & Higgins of Washington, D.C. Kelly holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Grove City College, an MBA from George Mason University and an MS-MIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Kelly has traveled to more than 30 countries and loves to learn about new cultures. One tip Kelly offers is that much can be learned about a different society by visiting the neighborhood grocery store, which she does each time she arrives in a new place.

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Kari Calvario, Director of Masters Admissions

Kari joined the Masters Admissions team in 2014. In her role as director, Kari coordinates our admissions operations and is eager to work with students throughout their application process. Kari holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from Waynesburg University and a master's in education from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She and her husband recently renovated an old, historic home and are enjoying being done with house projects for a while! She also enjoys reading, running and laughing with family and friends.

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Akin Obiri, Director of Masters Admissions

Akin joined the Masters Admissions team in 2018.  In his role as director, Akin manages the recruitment process, oversees our major recruitment events, and is the lead recruiter for military and veteran students.  He holds a bachelor of science in legal studies from the University of Maryland University College.  Akin enjoys spending time with his family and experiencing new cultures and cuisines.

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Emily Archambeault, Associate Director of Masters Admissions

Emily joined the Masters Admissions team in 2014. In her role as an associate director, Emily leads our diversity recruitment initiatives and works closely with our diversity partners. She also manages marketing projects and supports the recruitment team. She holds a dual bachelor of arts in American studies and political science from the University of Virginia and a master of arts in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. She enjoys podcasts, college football, and taking walks with her dog, Arli. 

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Gina Cecchetti, Associate Director of Masters Admissions

Gina joined the Masters Admissions team in 2018. In her role as associate director, she assists with recruitment activities, is the lead for women’s recruitment, and manages the campus visitation program. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Westminster College and a master of arts degree in higher education management from the University of Pittsburgh.  Gina was a competitive figure skater at the Senior Ladies level, the highest competitive level, and still likes to coach her figure skating and hockey players.

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Jackie Otto, Associate Director of Masters Admissions

Jackie joined the Masters Admissions team in 2012. In her role as an associate director, Jackie assists with recruitment activities and serves as an ally and liaison for prospective LGBT students. She holds a bachelor of science from Eastern Michigan University and a master of science in education from Indiana University, Bloomington. A longtime Pittsburgher, Jackie enjoys sharing suggestions of things to do or places to visit in the city. Additionally, Jackie volunteers at a local animal shelter, enjoys gallery crawls and rows in the summer with a local crew team.

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Dave Zeile, Associate Director of Masters Admissions

Dave joined the Masters Admissions team in 2018. In his role as an associate director, he assists with recruitment activities and manages internal reporting. Dave holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Denison University, and a master of science in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. He loves trivia, his favorite soccer team, and spending time exploring his new home city of Pittsburgh with his wife and son.

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Paige Davies, Assistant Director of Masters Admissions

Paige joined the Masters Admissions team in 2018. In her role as an assistant director, she assists with admissions operations activities and recruitment. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Paige enjoys reading, running, and attending concerts with friends.

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John Ivy, Assistant Director of Masters Admissions

John joined the Masters Admissions team in 2018. In his role as an assistant director, John assists with recruitment activities and supports our major recruiting events. He holds a bachelor of science in finance from Oklahoma State University, and will complete his master of science in educational leadership studies from Oklahoma State University this year. He recently moved all the way from Oklahoma and is busy exploring Pittsburgh.

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Tiffany Jackson, Assistant Director of Masters Admissions

Tiffany joined the Masters Admissions team in 2018. In her role as an assistant director, Tiffany assists with recruitment activities and works closely with underrepresented minority student recruitment and the Consortium. She holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from Temple University and a master’s in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and photography.

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Judy Nardiello, Office Manager

Judy joined the Masters Admissions team in 2014. When she began at the Tepper School, she brought more than 10 years of MBA admissions experience to her role as office manager. In many cases, Judy will be the first point of contact for prospective MBA candidates.

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Dana Lovas, Masters Admissions Coordinator

Dana joined the Admissions team in 1987. She has held a variety of positions over the years and her current responsibilities include processing and tracking applications through each stage of the admissions process. Dana is also responsible for the coordination of foreign student I-20s by processing the pertinent forms and working with the Office of International Education to ensure that our foreign students receive their I-20s in a timely fashion. Dana's experience in admissions makes her a valuable asset to our office and to our applicants. She is able to answer most questions you may have regarding the application process.