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Meet the Team

Ann Marie Strauss, Director of College Counseling

Ann Marie Strauss has worked in college counseling services in public and independent school settings since 2000. Prior to her appointment at GFS, she was a school counselor in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and served as the Co-Director of College Counseling and Senior Grade Dean at Glenelg Country School in Howard County, Maryland. In 2012, she was appointed Director of College Counseling at Garrison Forest School. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Allegheny College and M.Ed. from University of Virginia.

Ms. Strauss is an active member and conference presenter in professional organizations such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). She serves as the Chair of the Current Trends and Future Issues committee of Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), is a NACAC Delegate, and served on national counselor advisory boards for Drexel University, Furman University and Southern Methodist University. Ann Marie and husband, Shawn, are proud parents of Olivia, who is a Lower School student at Garrison Forest.


Stephanie Metruk, Associate Director of College Counseling

Stephanie Metruk started as the Assistant Director for Admission in the GFS Middle School in July of 2015. During the following summer, while continuing to support our admission efforts, she transitioned to the College Counseling Office. Stephanie has seven years of experience working in college admission offices. She began her career at Albright College in 2008 where she served as the Honors Program Liaison and coordinated the application process for two full tuition scholarships. She returned to her alma mater, Gettysburg College, in 2010, as the Senior Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator for International Student Admission. During her time on the admissions side of the desk, Stephanie traveled and recruited extensively in the United States and abroad, interviewed applicants and reviewed application materials from all over the world. While at Gettysburg, she also worked closely with undergraduate students as the coordinator for the admissions internship program. She enjoyed partnering with College Counseling offices, speaking at college nights, serving on panels, participating in admissions workshops and promoting collaboration to best serve students and families.

Mrs. Metruk is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC) and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). In her free time, she enjoys playing with a nine piece funk band and going on adventures with her husband, Jesse, and their dog, Belle.


Lynn Lyon-Vaiden, College Counseling Coordinator, Registrar

Lynn Lyon-Vaiden is a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Carroll Community College. She was on the faculty of St. Timothy's School for 20 years and joined Garrison Forest's College Counseling Office in 2009 after working for five years in the office of Glyndon United Methodist Church. Ms. Lyon-Vaiden has been ringing in and/or directing handbell choirs since 1979, and she lives in Hampstead with her husband.


Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (410) 559-3129
Fax: (410) 559-3108

Ann Marie Strauss
Director of College Counseling

Stephanie Metruk
Associate Director of College Counseling

Lynn Lyon-Vaiden
College Counseling Assistant