AIGAC Officers and Directors:
Vince Ricci — President
Brett Haber — President-Elect
Andrea Sparrey — Immediate Past-President
Rachel Korn — Treasurer
Scott Shrum — Secretary
Michael Cohan – Director, 2014-2017
Maxx Duffy – Director, 2014 – 2017
Shiela Locatelli-Wallace, CAE, CMP – Executive Director
|Vince Ricci, AIGAC President, utilizes his background in leadership development and entrepreneurship to coach highly successful applicants. Vince has been recognized the Lyons Award for Service to Stanford University, where he earned his B.A. in History in 1992. In his first career as a classroom teacher and non-profit director, he won a Distinguished Teaching Award for the State of Louisiana and Non-Profit Program of the Year for the City of New Orleans. Before moving to Tokyo in 2002, Vince completed his M.A. in Digital Media Design for Learning at NYU. While living in New York, he served as Founding Technologist at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching & Learning. Vince has been a full-time admissions consultant since 2002. In 2007, he started his own business after deciding he wanted to work with only the best students aiming for the top schools. In 2014, Vince returned to AGOS as Director of Counseling. He continues to update his popular website (VincePrep.com) and YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/vinceprep). Beyond admissions consulting, Vince has served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering, where he taught technical writing and presentation skills. Contact Vince at: vricci (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Brett Haber, AIGAC President-Elect earned her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her BA in Anthropology from Yale University. She spent the early part of her career as a management consultant advising executives across the U.S., Europe and Africa on behalf of firms such as Cap Gemini and Bain & Co. Ms. Haber has spent more than a decade in the field of MBA admissions. After completing her MBA, she served on the Wharton Admissions Committee, reading hundreds of applications, interviewing applicants across the U.S. and Asia and gaining an insider perspective into the admissions process at one of the world’s most competitive programs. Ms. Haber has been an active member of AIGAC since its inception and has personally helped thousands of business school applicants from across the globe gain acceptance to leading MBA programs. Ms. Haber has previously served as AIGAC’s Treasurer and seats on several committees. Contact Brett at: bhaber (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Andrea Sparrey, AIGAC’s Immediate Past-President, obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2003. After 4 years as a Consultant with Bain & Company, where she took on increasing case and talent management responsibility, she founded Sparrey Consulting to counsel top young professional through their most challenging career choices. She coaches MBA Applicants, current students and recent alumni. A natural collaborator, Andrea can often be found on college campuses on both coasts evangelizing the need for candidates to seek professional advice on managing their biggest investment, their careers.
Contact Andrea at: asparrey (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Rachel Korn, AIGAC Treasurer and a 2017 and 2016 Annual Conference Co-Chair, has built her entire career in admissions. Following 7 years on the admissions staffs at the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University and Wellesley College, she moved to Tel Aviv, Israel in 2005 and founded her international consulting practice. Her education has been tailored to lead in the field, with a B.A. from Brandeis in English, including programs in Education and Women’s Studies, and an Ed.M in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to her work with graduate school applicants, she has written two books about surviving the college admissions process, earning interviews in several U.S. media outlets as an admissions expert. Contact Rachel at: rkorn (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Scott Shrum, AIGAC Secretary, serves as Chief Operating Officer at Veritas Prep. He earned his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Scott has guided hundreds of applicants through the application process, mainly focusing on MBA admissions. Along with Omari Bouknight, he is the co-author of Your MBA Game Plan (now in its third edition), which has helped thousands of applicants with their applications since 2003. Scott has provided insights about the college and graduate school admissions process to media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Financial Times. He has been an AIGAC member since 2007, and has served on the organization’s board since 2012. Contact Scott at: sshrum (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Michael Cohan, AIGAC Director, has served as the Sponsorship Chair for the 2015 and 2016 AIGAC Conferences in addition to serving on the 2014 Conference Planning Committee. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Communications from Northwestern University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Based on the strength of his UCLA Anderson School application, UCLA Anderson selected Michael for a Dean’s Fellowship that paid for his first year of business school. Fewer than 10% of those attending the UCLA Anderson School of Management receive this award. Michael Cohan founded MBAPrepAdvantage in 2004 to provide the absolute best and most comprehensive MBA admissions consulting services available. For more than a decade, he has helped hundreds of MBA applicants gain admission to their top programs.
A gifted teacher, Michael received U.S. Congressional Recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the community and has taught business plan writing, stock market analysis, and life skills to high-potential, low-opportunity youths as part of the Academy of Business Leadership Program. He previously served on the Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Greater Miami Impact Circle Steering Committee and is a Big Brother to Luke.
Contact Michael at: mcohan (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Maxx Duffy, AIGAC Director, is a co-founder of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants. A nine-year member of the board, Maxx has served as Secretary, Conference Co-Chair, and Governance Chair, and she currently serves as a member of the Governance Committee. Maxx is the founder and director of Maxx Associates, a pioneering firm in the field of graduate admissions consulting with a history that spans more than three decades. Maxx received her MBA from the Wharton School and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She also worked on the admissions side as Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard Business School prior to founding Maxx Associates. Contact Maxx at: mduffy (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Shiela Locatelli-Wallace, CAE, CMP, is the AIGAC Executive Director and has consulted with and guided over 20 different organizations in a variety of industries; including, Education, Legal, Medical, Real Estate, Construction, and Philanthropic. She holds her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) which required over 100 hours of continuing education in association law, administration, board guidance and organizational development. Shiela recently received her Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation through the Convention Industry Council (CIC). Contact Shiela at: shiela (AT) aigac (DOT) org
AIGAC Board – Get Involved!
Each year we solicit nominations for Board of Director candidates to run for three seats with a three-year term. Read more…
Minimum Qualifications for AIGAC Director Nominees
- AIGAC Individual Consultant or Business Organization member in good standing.
- At least three years experience as an admissions consultant.
- At least six months participation on an AIGAC committee.
- Only one person per company or consultancy may serve on the AIGAC Board of Directors at any given time.
The first step towards a board position is to volunteer for one of our committees, or even to suggest a new one if you have great plans or ideas that don’t quite fit into our current structure. Our current committees (and current chairs in parentheses) are Membership (Scott Shrum), Governance (Anna Ivey), Survey (Scott Shrum) and Conference (Candy LaBalle & Rachel Korn). Please get in touch with the committee chairs if you’d like to get involved.