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College Counseling Team

College Counseling


Karen Mason

Karen Mason_Germantown Academy_College Counseling


Title: Director of College Counseling

Degrees: M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Wilkes University

Biography: Karen joined Germantown Academy in 2009 after serving as Director of College Guidance at Wyoming Seminary (a national co-ed boarding school in Kingston, PA) for 13 years. Karen also taught English and 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 University. At GA, she hosts an advisory as a member of Alcott Day 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.


Daniel Evans

Daniel St. Jean


Title: Associate Director of College Counseling

Degree: B.A., University of Richmond

Biography: Daniel joined the Germantown Academy College Counseling team in 2020 with 30 years of experience working in college admissions. He has extensive experience working on the East and West Coasts at small liberal arts colleges and a large research university. He has been a senior admissions officer at Elizabethtown College, Lafayette College, the University of Puget Sound (where he served as director), and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as an admission officer and athletic liaison. He joined the William Penn Charter School in 2004 as the Director of College Counseling and served in that position and as a member of the senior management team for 16 years.

Dan has served as a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth College Colloquium and the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Summer Institute. He also served as a member of the PACAC Executive Committee. He has been featured in books, newspapers and magazine articles discussing the college application process. He and his wife have three children; two of whom have successfully navigated the college search process and the youngest is a member of the GA Class of 2025.


Jonathan Na

Jonathan Na_Germantown Academy_College Counseling


Titles: Assistant Director of College Counseling, Director of Testing

Biography: Jonathan Na joined the College Counseling team in the 2018-19 school year as the Assistant Director of College Counseling and the Director of Testing. Mr. Na brings an interesting perspective to college counseling with a background as a pastor and youth minister. He is well versed in counseling teens as they grapple with becoming their best selves.

An undergraduate major in music history at Dickinson College where he studied abroad in England for a year, Mr. Na spent the summer prior to joining GA attending intensive college counseling training for new counselors. Charismatic with an infectious enthusiasm for life, a sharp intellect, and well-honed writing talents, Mr. Na is eager to plunge into the GA community in this pivotal role. Mr. Na will also be on the coaching staff of volleyball and serve as an advisor


Anne Leonard

Anne Leonard_Germantown Academy


Titles: Assistant Director of College Counseling, Director of Testing

Degrees: B.A., Rosemont College
M.A., Arcadia Univeristy
M.L.S., Kutztown University

Biography: Anne joined the Office of College Counseling in 2021 after having served as the Assistant to the Head of the Middle School at Germantown Academy for four years. Anne previously worked in the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Arcadia University for nine years and in college admissions at both Arcadia University and at Rosemont College for seven years. She earned her BA in English Literature from Rosemont College, her MA in English from Arcadia University and her MLS from Kutztown University. 

Amanda Trayes


Titles: Interim Associate Director of College Counseling


Amanda spent seven years working as a writer and editor before embarking on her college counseling career at Kent School, where she lived in a girls’ dormitory and helped advise the school newspaper. After five years at Kent, Amanda moved overseas to join the college counseling office at The American School in London. At ASL, she served as AP Coordinator and gained valuable experience in the U.K. university admissions process. Most recently, Amanda worked as a college counselor at The Agnes Irwin School.

In addition, Amanda has worked in college admissions, reading applications for Dartmouth College, Williams College, and the University of California, Berkeley. She has also volunteered as an alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Master’s degree in English.

Amanda’s father was the first person in his family to attend college, and she is passionate about helping other first-generation-to-college students through her volunteer work at Philadelphia Futures. She is a proud alumna of Albright College, from which her parents both graduated and where her grandfather taught English for more than 30 years.