Company Management

Kofi Kankam
Founder and CEO

Kofi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology (focus on neurobiology) from Harvard College, his Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Joseph Wharton Fellow.

Prior to Admit Advantage, Kofi co-founded and successfully exited an educational software company offering job-training and preparatory material to universities and various corporations. Kofi began his career as a consultant for Accenture in New York City servicing the telecommunications space.

At Wharton, Kofi was the Chairman of the largest student-run conference, a strategic marketing teaching fellow, and co-founder of the Comedy Club. He is a former Vice President for The Wharton Club of NY, and a former interviewer and recruiter for Wharton and Harvard, respectively. He has successfully coached candidates into premier MBA and college programs since 2004 and is active in comedy, community service (through Alpha Phi Alpha) and martial arts.

Kofi lives in NYC with his wife and his ever-present knapsack of jellybeans which he has with him at all times. His goal is to eventually open and lead a jellybean factory in his native Ohio once he stops paying his exorbitant dental bills.

“The challenge of helping candidates achieve their dreams is the exact reason we started this company. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from a client that he or she now feels that they will have a true chance to chase their goals after being accepted into a program! That's our purpose. Period.”

Eric Allen
Founder and President

Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Brown University and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors and was a Robert Toigo fellow. His previous commercial experience includes working for GE Capital, where he was a Senior Vice President. Eric also worked in consulting at Accenture and co-founded and successfully sold a pharmaceutical software company, New World Science & Technology, Inc.

At Wharton, Eric was a student admissions officer, where he reviewed applications of prospective MBA students. In addition to his role in admissions, Eric was a leadership fellow and held leadership roles in several on-campus clubs. Eric is a former alumni interviewer for The Wharton School and Brown University.

Eric lives in Maryland with his wife, twin girls, and two rambunctious Labrador retrievers, Simba and Nala. He is very active with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Man of the Year in 2012 in DC), and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as both diseases have personally touched his family. He is a die hard Baltimore Ravens fan (can anyone say world champs) despite spending some formidable years cheering on the Cleveland Browns as they lost to the Denver Broncos in the late 80s – don't judge me.

“School admissions is one of the most challenging and stressful situations (outside of marriage, of course). It is incredibly rewarding to build a world class team that can help applicants and families navigate this process – it's what keeps me up at night and gets me up in the morning! We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your career dreams”.

Kerith Dilley
Director of Human Resources

Kerith received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kerith has worked as an in-house professional fundraiser, entrepreneur and fundraising consultant. Kerith has volunteered as a UCLA alumni association scholarship interviewer and evaluator. For Wharton, she was the chair of Wharton's largest diversity admissions recruitment event, served on the admissions committee, and was a Vice President of Fundraising for Wharton's International Volunteer Program.

Kerith has provided fundraising and business planning consulting for The George Foundation in India and co-founded a consulting company, Arrowhead Management, focused on providing analysis, planning and implementation of strategic fundraising projects for grassroots nonprofits. She has worked at The Princeton Review, the ACLU and started her own company. Kerith is excited about getting married in the very near future (hooray, Kerith - feel free to send gifts!!)

“I think we have the most talented team of admissions consultants in the world! I take a lot of pride in our rigorous process of selecting and training the most talented and passionate individuals who can help our clients succeed.”

Jennie Goldsmith Rothman
Director of Law Admissions

Jennie graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where she was editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Princeton University.

With over 15 years of experience in employment law, Jennie has worked in corporate, law firm, non-profit, and journalism settings in London, New York, and Boston. Jennie's career began with work at the Families and Work Institute and an internship at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jennie worked at the New York law firm Hughes, Hubbard & Reed right out of law school as a member of that firm's Labor and Employment Group. Since then, Jennie has served as a counsel at AXA Financial, and also worked for three years as Senior Research Officer at Incomes Data Services in London. After several years as an admissions counselor, Jennie has joined the Admit Advantage management team as Director of Law. In addition to her work as a JD admissions counselor, Jennie is a proud mother and is active in her local community.

“I love learning about each client's story and helping her find the narrative thread that draws all of her experiences together into a coherent and persuasive personal statement. It is satisfying to help each client rise to the challenge of meeting her goals, while also learning more about herself.”

Christina Taber-Kewene
Director of Law Admissions

Christina attended Stanford University and Columbia Law School and worked for ten years in New York City as a commercial litigator in cross-border disputes. In her career she has undertaken far-reaching international travel and has published extensively on the topics of extra-territorial jurisdiction, discovery of evidence outside the US and product liability.

She is a leader for organizational change: she was co-chair of the diversity and women's committees for her firm's US offices and co-founder and co-chair of her alumnae women's network for New York City. Her greatest passion is mentoring underserved teens, and she has run educational mentoring programs in California, New York City and New Jersey. She continues to volunteer with high school students and is delighted to be sending two students off to college this fall! She is always working on her Spanish skills and, having lived on the left and the right coasts, is now not fluent in any of the Dominican, Central American, South American and Puerto Rican variations on the language.

“Working with Admit Advantage is a dream come true for me. I am delighted to combine my experiences in law and education to guide our talented applicants and to help grow a company that is brimming with some of the most innovative team members I have ever worked with. Taking the next step in your education is a pivotal point in your career and life, and I am always honored to be a part of the process as a candidate makes her way along that path.”

Gayle Squires
Director of Medical School Admissions

Gayle attended Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Wharton. She has consulted to and worked in a broad range of health care businesses, including hospitals and health systems, biopharmaceutical companies, health plans, health IT, and venture capital. She is passionate about finding new models of health care delivery. Gayle has been advising students since high school when she helped prepare a neighbor for the SATs.

A lifelong Francophile, she's been told that her excellent French accent belies her mediocre vocabulary and grammar. Gayle is also an ardent cook with over a hundred cookbooks and a penchant for Mediterranean and Levantine recipes.

“I enjoy helping applicants understand and articulate their motivation and aspirations for a career in medicine. Having chosen a less traditional healthcare career and a school that fostered this journey, I have advised students before, during, and after medical school to craft and prepare for the career that is right for them. The first step is getting into the best medical school for one's chosen path.”

Savena Wright
Director of College and Undergraduate Admissions

Savena earned a bachelor's degree in English from The College of New Jersey, cum laude. She went on to teach English in Montgomery County, MD before pursuing her master's degree. In 2002 she graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education with an M.Ed. (concentration in Psychological Services).

Savena worked as a college counselor at the Masterman School in Philadelphia, the city's most academically rigorous public magnet school. At Masterman she was instrumental in assisting students in all facets of the college selection and application process. She spearheaded various college initiatives to better serve the school community, including a regular college newsletter, school-wide college nights, college workshops for juniors, and a networking luncheon for recent Masterman graduates. Ultimately, Savena assisted Masterman students in earning admission into many of the nation's most competitive schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Brown and Duke.

“I've worked in the classroom and as an admissions advisor, and it is truly gratifying to be in a position in which I can help so many people at such a critical time in their lives. I'm constantly on the road visiting schools and talking to admissions officers to bring our clients the latest knowledge and insights on schools throughout the world; We look forward to helping you find the right fit for your academic and professional dreams.”