The GA College Counseling Department
Karen A. Mason is Director of College Counseling. Karen joined Germantown Academy in 2009 after serving as Director of College
Guidance at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA, a national co-ed boarding
school, for 13 years. Karen also taught English, served as a
member of the administrative team at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre,
PA, and wrote a monthly column for The Times Leader. She earned
her BA in English from Wilkes, and her MA in English Literature from
Penn State. At GA, she hosts an advisory as a member of Alcott House. Karen is Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for
College Admission Counseling (PACAC) and has presented at
conferences held by NACAC, PACAC, and the Middle States Mid-Atlantic
Region of the College Board.
E-mail: Karen Mason
Susan Merrill is Associate Director of College Counseling.
Susan joined Germantown Academy in 2011 after serving as Director of
College Counseling at Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, PA for
seven years. Susan also taught science and assisted with college
counseling in the gifted program at Spring Ford High School in
Royersford, PA. She earned her BA in Biology and Psychology from
Franklin and Marshall College and her M.S.Ed from the University of
Pennsylvania. She is an academic advisor for Galloway House and an At-Large Delegate to PACAC. She is a member of PACAC and NACAC.
E-mail: Susan Merrill
is the Assistant Director of College Counseling. Ms. Grinnage is a graduate of
the University of Virginia who worked most recently at the Oldfields School
in Maryland. A history major with a minor in African-American Studies, Ms.
Grinnage also is the advisor to Galloway House. She is eager to assist GA
students in their journey to finding a great college fit: "Nothing beats the
feeling of walking on to a college campus and knowing that you can call that
E-mail: Kendra Grinnage
Tony Garvan 1760 Tony graciously came out of retirement this year after teaching English and history for 30 years at GA, serving as Head of the Upper School for 13 years and advising students in the college process for 7 years. In addition, Tony was the Varisty boys' and girls' cross country, winter track, and track coach. He re-joins the college counseling team and the English department. He graduated with a BA from Yale University.
E-mail: Tony Garvan
Dr. Peter Drewniany, a member of GA's English department since 1982, has been advising and counseling students through the college process for the past twenty years. After stating in his interview that he can only promise staying one year, Peter has become a staple at GA in more than one way. He is a two-time recipient of the William Schoff Chair for distinguished teaching in English and is currently the head of the English Department. He serves as a reader and table leader for the Advanced Placement Literature and Language programs. In recent years, Peter served as the Belfry Director, advisor to the school newspaper and coordinating the Shakespeare Competition. Peter earned his B.A. in English from Middlebury College, his M.A. from the University of Vermont and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, where he concentrated his work in Irish Literature.
E-mail: Peter Drewniany
One of the pioneers of Germantown Academy’s unique House System, Ted Haynie 1760 has served as an administrator in Fort Washington since 1982. He was the school’s athletic director for seven years and has served as a college counselor since 1988. Ted was the Dean of Boys in the Upper School for nine years, the Patriots’ boys’ varsity lacrosse coach for 22 years, and now serves as the Head of Galloway House. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and a Master’s degree from Wesleyan. Ted has attended The Blackberry River Retreat (a workshop focused on college
counseling within independent schools) and the annual PACAC Conference. Ted has shepherded his own children through the college search, visiting numerous college campuses and becoming an expert on financial aid along the way!
E-mail: Ted Haynie
Ginny Allenson officially bears the title of the Assistant to the Director of College Counseling, but since 1992 when she began in this position, she has established herself as a tremendous resource for students and parents as they navigate the college process. She assists in scheduling college visits on the GA campus, compiling college application materials and formulating information for the school’s college guidance information program, Naviance. Ginny holds an Associate’s Degree from Wesley College.
E-mail: Ginny Allenson