Who We Are

AGM-College Advisors, LLC ® takes a team approach in working with clients. While one advisor is the primary advisor for the student and the family, all advisors are involved with providing services. This means that every client benefits from the strengths of each advisor.


Ray Anderson was an educator and principal for thirty-five years in the Arlington Virginia Public Schools. Ray has special skills in identifying student personalities and learning styles through long-established interviewing techniques. A founder of AGM, he is the founder of H-B Woodlawn, annually ranked as among the nation’s top public schools. He is also a member of the Virginia and DC Bar.


Frank Haltiwanger is a retired a principal, special education administrator, and teacher from the Arlington Virginia Public Schools. In his roles as an educator, he advised students and families on college planning and choices for over 35 years. Building trusting relationships and using a time-tested protocol for advising students on college choices are at the heart of his practice.


Steve Garman, partner emeritus, was one of the founders of AGM-College Advisors, LLC®. He has been an educator for over thirty years. Steve is known for his ability to create trusting relationships with students. He is a long-time gymnastic coach, and for over 30 years he has been the state chair of women’s gymnastics for Virginia–USA Gymnastics. He has helped athletes in sports from frisbee to swimming navigate the NCAA eligibility process. Although no longer taking clients, Steve still is available to the other members of  AGM-College Advisors, LLC® for consultation.


Randy McKnight taught and advised students in the Arlington Virginia Public Schools for over forty years and is a founder of AGM. As a former English department chair, he specializes in guiding students as they write their college essays. He graduated from Davidson college and has a masters from Catholic University in psychology. His masters focused on special learners.


Stephanie Shea is an associate member of AGM. She earned a BA at the University of Virginia and a masters from Harvard. For over 20 years, Stephanie has been passionate about working with kids to find the right college for them. She has a background in writing and editing, and absolutely loves coaching students on their college essays. Stephanie strives to make her work with students transformational, not just transactional. She believes the college admissions process is another opportunity for students to learn and grow.



AGM-College Advisors, LLC® is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors.