Grades 6-12; Boarding 8-12


Meet our College Counselors

Adam Materasso, B.A., M.A.
Director of College Counseling
Phone: 609-303-0503

Materasso arrived at Pennington in 2022 after a 19-year tenure at Ranney School in Tinton Falls, NJ, where his most recent role was Dean of Enrollment Management and College Counseling. He was a member of that school’s senior leadership team and board of trustees, responsible for the enrollment, recruitment, and retention of students. Previously he served as associate head of upper school, dean of students, and as a college counselor. He also worked as director of student activities, associate director of summer programs, class dean, and as an upper school Spanish teacher. Adam was a key member of Ranney’s strategic planning committee, and he was a member of the school’s academic council. At one time or another, he was involved in almost every aspect of that institution. Materasso attended Drew University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Spanish. He earned his master’s degree in private school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian. Materasso is actively involved in the Association of College Counselors at Independent Schools (ACCIS) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). He also serves on the counselor advisor boards at Dickinson College and the University of Tampa. 

Scott M. Doughty, B.A.E.S.
Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
Phone: 609–737–6117

Doughty’s relationship with Pennington spans twenty-five years: first as an Associate Director of Admission for Carnegie Mellon University, where he actively recruited students from The Pennington School, and more recently as the School’s Director of College Counseling for the past twenty years. Doughty now holds the role of Senior Associate Director of College Counseling. During his time at the School, he has worked with approximately 2,000 seniors through the college admission process. Doughty also serves as an Administrator on Duty and as an assistant coach of the School’s varsity swim teams. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Doughty is an active member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the New Jersey Association of College Admissions Counseling (NJACAC), and the Pennsylvania Association of College Admissions Counseling (PACAC). In addition, Doughty has visited more than 425+ colleges and universities during his tenure at Pennington.|

Sarah K. Zoll, B.A., M.A. 
Associate Director of College Counseling 
Phone: 609-737-6151 

Zoll joined The Pennington School in August 2021 as Associate Director of College Counseling. She previously recruited Pennington students as an admissions counselor with Gettysburg College, and more recently as the New Jersey Regional Representative with Purdue University.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Gettysburg and master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. Zoll is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling. 

Kerri D. Ward, B.A., J.D. 
Assistant Director of College Counseling,
Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning
Phone: 609-737-6154

Ward has been a member of The Pennington School community for nineteen years, starting her time with us as a Compensatory Skills (CS) teacher and Teacher of LC English in the Cervone Center program. Most recently, Ward has been a member of the Pennington School admission team, as well as an administrator in Pennington's Summer Programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Lehigh University and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University Law School.


Jennifer S. Roberts, B.A.
Assistant to College Counseling Office
Phone: 609–737–6130

Roberts was appointed administrative assistant to the College Counseling Office in August 2018. She comes to Pennington with extensive experience working with students of all ages. Her daughter, Francesca, is a member of the Pennington School Class of 2018. Roberts received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ.