MBA Admissions Team

We know that the investment in your future is a significant decision, and the Tepper School's 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 campuses in Pittsburgh and learn more about the scholarships and fellowships available at the Tepper School.

Meet our team:

 

 

 

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 BA in psychology from Grove City College, an MBA from George Mason University and an MS-MIS degree from 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.

     

James Frick – Director of Masters Admissions

James joined the Tepper Admissions team in 2003 after serving as associate director for MBA programs. James assists in all phases of the admissions process and also takes lead roles in recruiting initiatives. He has worked at the Tepper School since 1998. James holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Radford University and is currently (ever so slowly) pursuing his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He welcomes advice on training overly-active dogs and is a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

   


Ryan Astor – Associate Director of Master Admissions

Ryan joined the Masters Admissions team in 2014.  In his role as Associate Director, Ryan works with various recruitment initiatives with a focus on diversity.  Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon University, Ryan served as a Regional Recruiter for the University of Alabama.  He holds a BA in Communications from California University of PA and a MA in Higher Education from Geneva College.   Ryan spends most of time with his two children.  He also enjoys exploring Pittsburgh, watching and playing sports, traveling and anything food related.

   


Emily Archambeault – Assistant Director of Masters Admissions

Emily joined the Masters Admissions team in 2014. In her role as an assistant director, Emily assists in our recruitment initiatives and campus visits. She also works closely with women’s recruitment and the Forté Foundation. Emily is eager to meet interested students and help them through the application process. She holds a dual BA in American studies and political science from the University of Virginia and an MA in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. Emily enjoys exploring Pittsburgh, trying new restaurants, listening to This American Life, watching football and baseball, reading memoirs and taking neighborhood walks to get ice cream.

   


Kari Calvario – Assistant Director of Masters Admissions

Kari joined the Masters Admissions team in 2014. In her role as an assistant director, Kari assists with our admissions operations and is eager to work with students and offer guidance throughout their application process. Kari holds a BA in English Literature from Waynesburg University and a Masters 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.

 

   

Jackie Jones – Assistant Director of Masters Admissions

Jackie joined the Masters Admissions team in 2012. In her current role as an assistant director, Jackie assists with outreach and recruitment activities and serves as an ally and liaison for prospective LGBT students. She holds a BS from Eastern Michigan University and an MS in education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Jackie has lived in Pittsburgh for nearly 10 years and 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, running marathons, and rows in the summer with a local crew team.

 

   


Nicole Chambati – Assistant Director of Masters Admissions

Nicole joined the Masters Admissions team in 2014. In her role as an assistant director, Nicole assists with admissions recruiting. She is also the team lead for U.S. underrepresented minorities. Nicole holds a BBA in Marketing and an MBA both from Radford University. She enjoys exploring international cooking and baking recipes, traveling, reading and quality family time.

   

Debbie Macedonia – Assistant Director of Masters Admissions

Debbie joined the Masters Admissions team in 2013. In her role as an assistant director, Debbie assists with our admissions operations and works with interested MBA and MSCF students throughout the application process. She has two BAs from Virginia Tech in economics and international studies as well as an MBA from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. She enjoys traveling, watching college sports and exploring Pittsburgh.

 
 

Judy Nardiello – Office Manager

Judy joined the Masters Admission team in 2014. She brings ten years of MBA admissions experience to her role as office manager. In many cases, Judy will be the first point of contact with prospective MBA and MSCF candidates. Judy holds a BS degree in education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and was an elementary school teacher early in her career. Judy enjoys British mysteries, her cats and spoiling her grandchildren.


 

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 and providing information to our applicants. Dana is also responsible for the coordination of foreign student I-20’s by processing the pertinent forms and working with the Office of International Education to ensure that our foreign students receive their I-20’s 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.

   

Alesha Simpson – Masters Admissions Coordinator

Alesha joined the Masters Admissions Team in 2006. She is responsible for processing and tracking MSCF applications through each stage of the process, providing information to our applicants, and scheduling interviews and visits for the Computational Finance Program. She processes the Consortium applications, and she leads the coordination of foreign MSCF student I-20’s by processing the pertinent forms and working with the Office of International Education to ensure that our foreign students receive their I-20’s in a timely fashion.

   

Jay Cusick – Graduate Assistant to Masters Admissions

Jay joined the Masters Admissions team in 2013 and will be with the office for the next two years assisting with the office's marketing and outreach initiatives. He is currently in his second year of study toward his Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration - Student Affairs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He holds his Bachelor's degree in Theology and Theatre from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He loves all things southern, nautical, and fitness oriented.