The MBA Admissions Committee is a diverse and talented group of individuals who share a commitment to bringing the best possible student body to Wharton. The committee is open, accessible, and interested in you as an applicant.
Maryellen Reilly Lamb is Deputy Vice Dean for MBA Admissions, Financial Aid and Career Management.
Maryellen spent over 10 years in finance in both the U.S. and Europe at notable firms including Capital Group and JP Morgan. She began her career at Wharton as the career advisor in the MBA Career Management office supporting students interested in investment banking. After five years as one of the highest-rated student advisors, Maryellen became the Director of MBA Career Management (MBACM). Channeling her experience from the corporate world, Maryellen has served as leader in the maintenance and growth of relationships with companies and employers across industries and geographies for Wharton. Under her leadership, MBACM expanded and deepened its support of students conducting both mature and enterprise job searches. As Deputy Vice Dean, Maryellen leads both MBA Career Management and Admissions and Financial Aid in identifying and providing services and support to enhance the student experience from admission to graduation and beyond.
Maryellen is an independent trustee for Wakefield Managed Futures Strategy Fund, sits on the investment committee of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women.
Tiffany Gooden is Director of Recruitment & Enrollment in the Office of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. She is also responsible for diversity recruitment, including pipeline development for prospective students of color.
Right before she joined Wharton, Tiffany graduated from Harvard with a Master’s degree in Education. Prior to graduate school, Tiffany spent several years in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Dartmouth College, her alma mater, where she focused on diversity and international student recruitment. Before transitioning to the field of admissions, Tiffany worked at the Advisory Board Company, a Washington, DC-based health-care consulting company.
Claire Bruno is a Senior Associate Director in the Office of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid.
Prior to joining Wharton, Claire served as the Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment Management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. In addition to MBA Admissions, she has a background in undergraduate admissions, having previously worked at Dickinson College, where she focused on international and multicultural recruiting. Before transitioning to the field of admissions, Claire worked in the equity research field and with special situation funds, dealing with acquisitions and labor relations.
Claire graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in International Mass Communications; this led to her interest in romance languages — she speaks both French and Spanish.
Rebekah Jackson is a Senior Associate Director in the Office of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. She is responsible for the office's marketing and communication strategy.
Prior to joining Wharton, Rebekah served as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During her nine years at UMBC, Rebekah focused on developing communication technologies and overseeing recruitment and enrollment events.
Rebekah completed her Master of Public Policy (MPP) in Education Policy at UMBC. She holds a bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications from James Madison University.
Anthony Penna is an Associate Director in the Office of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid.
Anthony focuses on student engagement: he oversees the Admissions Fellows program, as well as the Volunteer Admissions Committee and all on-campus visit programming. He is also responsible for our military and social impact recruiting.
Prior to joining the admissions team, Anthony spent five years with the MBA Career Management office at Wharton, most recently as a Recruiting Relationship Manager, where he focused on working with companies and students interested in the investment banking, diversified financial services, and public interest industries.
Anthony holds a master's degree in Higher Education and Organizational Management, with a concentration in student affairs, from Drexel University and a B.A. in Communication Studies from East Stroudsburg University.
Blair Godfrey is an Associate Director in the Office of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid.
Prior to joining the team at the Wharton School, Blair spent the last six years as a member of the admissions committee in the Penn Undergraduate Admissions Office. During her tenure in Penn Undergraduate Admissions, Blair specialized in managing the daily operations of the admissions cycle while working closely with Penn alumni, future Penn athletes, and with high school students across the country and internationally.
Blair graduated with her master’s degree in Higher Education from Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) in 2010.
Megan Gallagher is an Associate Director in the Office of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid.
Megan previously served as Admissions Coordinator in the office, working closely with the Admissions Committee members.
Prior to joining Wharton, Megan served as Assistant to the Associate Dean for Executive Education at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. During her time at Sloan, Megan helped to facilitate programs for senior executives from organizations around the world. Besides her work at Sloan, Megan worked in admissions at Outward Bound’s Boston location and in the public relations sector for a wide range of small high-tech companies.
Megan earned her B.A. from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
From the Deputy Vice Dean
- Streamlining the Application Process – Some Changes for 2014-15
Jun 2, 2014
Summer at Wharton has officially begun. With the close of another academic ... More
- The Final Countdown
May 12, 2014
The academic year at Wharton is coming to a close. Students have finished t... More
- Spring Forward
Mar 21, 2014
The admissions staff is back in the office after several weeks of crisscros... More
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