Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid


Florida Atlantic University
B.A., Communications and a minor in Spanish

Gretchen Herbst joined Congressional in July of 2015 as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid. She started her Admission career in 2004 at Admiral Farragut Academy, a co-ed Preschool through Grade 12 boarding and day school located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Gretchen’s primary focus was international recruitment before becoming the Director of Admission. In 2013, she moved to Virginia and served as the Director of Admission at St. Margaret’s School, an all-girl boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12.

Gretchen previously sat on the (SBSA) Small Boarding School Association board of trustees. She played an active part in conference planning after hosting the annual conference at Admiral Farragut Academy. She was a member of the NABI (North American Boarding Initiative) Executive Board. She has presented at SBSA, The Enrollment Management Association and TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) annual conferences. Gretchen currently participates in the AISGW (Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington) Admission Best Practices Review Committee.

Gretchen lives in Arlington and enjoys traveling, hiking, trying new restaurants and is an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


“I love working with children and their families. Every day is different in the admission world and I’ve made some incredible friendships over the years. I enjoy seeing students grow through the program and walk on across the stage on graduation day.”

Alek Dlacic

Facilities Manager

Anika Metcalf

Communications and Multimedia Associate

Bao Dao

Maintenance Staff