Meet The Office
Welcome to Garrison Forest! We look forward to sharing our school with you.
There is a unique energy on our campus that infuses joy into learning and living. You can feel it across the campus and see it in the faces of our students – we often call it the “Garrison Forest Spirit.” We invite you to visit our campus, join us for a prospective parent event and take a tour. Come discover our spirit for yourself.
Alison Greer, Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Alison Greer first arrived at Garrison Forest in June 1992. She worked in the admission office and lived on campus for eight years before moving back to Boston, her hometown. She is thrilled to be back at GFS as of July 2014 in the role of Director of Admission and Financial Aid. A graduate of an all-girls’ school and an all-women’s college, Ms. Greer believes strongly in the benefits and advantages of all-girls education. The academic confidence and personal strength and assurance that Garrison Forest instills in students is the foundation on which they build success as students, athletes, artists, and citizens. The special Garrison Forest spirit enlivens the campus and classrooms with a joy and energy that makes this community unique.
Ms. Greer came to Garrison Forest most recently from York Country Day School where she served as the Director of Admission and Communication. Before that she was Executive Director of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and worked in Executive Education at Harvard Business School. She has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins. She lives on campus with her family.
Catie Gibbons, Upper School Admission
Catie Gibbons came to Garrison Forest School in July 2014 as Assistant Director of Admission and became Associate Director of Admission in July 2017. Ms. Gibbons holds a M.A. in Anthropology from The University of Chicago and a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College. She is also a 2005 graduate of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania, where she was a Levi Sprague scholar. Before arriving at Garrison Forest, Ms. Gibbons served as assistant to the president of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also served as a member of the history faculty and assistant athletic director for three years at The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. While there, she was a dorm parent and head coach for both the girls’ varsity basketball and lacrosse programs. Ms. played lacrosse at Hamilton College as a walk-on, four-year starter, earning the role of captain her senior year and helping to secure Hamilton’s first-ever national championship in 2008.
Lauren Anderson, Middle School Admission
Lauren Anderson joined the Garrison Forest community in July 2017 as Assistant Director of Admission. Born and raised in Baltimore, Mrs. Anderson was immediately drawn to the sense of community spirit all over campus. She feels honored to be a part of an educational community empowering the development of brave, independent and compassionate young women. Mrs. Anderson began her admissions career in 2012, coordinating summer camp and school enrollment at The Auburn School in Baltimore, and served as Director of Admissions. Prior to that, she worked at Target Community and Educational Services, INC serving adults with developmental disabilities and managing a group home with full-time staff. Mrs. Anderson holds a B.A. in Psychology and a nM.S. in Human Services Management from McDaniel College. In January 2017, she completed her certification work in Admissions and Enrollment Management with the Association of Independent School Admissions Professionals (AISAP) and presented at the annual institute in July 2017. She resides in Eldersburg, Md. with her husband, Clay, and son, Brayden.
Janice Bogdan, Lower School and Preschool Admission
Janice Bogdan joined the Garrison Forest School Admission team in August 2016. Ms. Bogdan began working in college admissions in 2000, first at her alma mater, Goucher College, and most recently at Johns Hopkins University. During her 16 years working in undergraduate admissions Janice conducted extensive domestic and international recruitment travel meeting talented high school students from all around the globe. Ms. Bogdan has long held an interest in working in an independent school, and was particularly attracted to Garrison Forest given the strength of its academic programs and its strong sense of community. Ms. Bogdan is originally from Baltimore so has been familiar with Garrison Forest for a very long time and having also attended an all-girls school, loves being in an environment that focuses on developing the potential of girls and young women. Ms. Bogdan earned her B.A. in French from Goucher College in 2000 and a M.A. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland College Park in 2008. She lives in Towson with her daughter, Claire.
Deanna Boyd, Admission Assistant
Deanna Boyd joined Garrison Forest School in July 2015 as the Admission Assistant. A life-long Baltimorean, Ms. Boyd first fell in love with admissions work when she served as the head of the Admission club for her alma mater, Bryn Mawr School. Ms. Boyd holds a BA in Leadership Studies and Art History from the University of Richmond and is currently pursuing a MA in Arts Management. Prior to returning to Baltimore to join the Garrison Forest Admission team, Ms. Boyd worked in admission at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. Ms. Boyd is thrilled to be back in her hometown and working at Garrison Forest. As a graduate of an all-girls’ school, Ms. Boyd loves talking with students and families about the transformative power of all-girls’ education.