Meet the Alumni Governing Council
Rory Byrnes '01
Rory is the principal and owner of Vici Investments, a local DC-area real estate development company that he started in 2015. Before forming his own company, Rory spent three years as a development manager at CAS Riegler, where he focused on urban redevelopment. Rory earned his M.B.A. from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2012.
Previously, he worked in commercial real estate for Lincoln Property Company and at Cassidy & Pinkard in leasing, investment sales, and property management roles. Rory earned a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also a member of the football team and the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He grew up in McLean and was a Potomac lifer with his two older brothers, Carter '95 and Spencer '98. Rory has been a member of the Potomac AGC since 2013 and now lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Alexandra.
Leonard "Skip" Calvert IV '01
Skip grew up in Alexandria, VA, and attended Potomac beginning in the first grade. He graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he majored in English and history, joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and completed four years of Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduation in 2005, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and was selected for the naval aviation jet training program, receiving his “Wings of Gold” and designation as a naval aviator in 2007.
Over the next eight years, Skip would fly the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet off the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE, leading missions in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and as an instructor pilot training newly winged F/A-18 pilots for combat. He finished his career as a department head, managing the personnel and operations of the Navy’s largest aviation squadron, and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. In 2016, Skip left active duty, moved back to his hometown of Alexandria, and transitioned to the Naval Reserves flying C-130s out of Andrews Air Force Base, MD. He currently works for Alexandria's very own fast-casual burger restaurant chain Five Guys Enterprises LLC as a regional construction manager, overseeing all corporate and franchisee construction and development projects in the central U.S.
Matt Carney '12
Matt Carney graduated from Potomac in 2012 and went on to graduate magna cum laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2016. There, he played Division III lacrosse and earned his bachelor's degree in economics and American public policy.
Currently, Matt is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. in Washington, DC. As part of Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth & Investment Management division, Matt focuses on client acquisition and financial planning for his clients through various investment strategies.
Caroline Dalton '03
Caroline grew up in Washington, DC, and graduated from Potomac as a proud lifer (Go Red!). She went on to study art history at Tulane University and at The American University of Paris during her junior year abroad. After college, Caroline returned home to DC, where she started a career in retail and was the co-owner of Dalton Pratt, a high-end women’s personal accessories and home furnishings boutique. She is currently a member of the Abrams Finnell Group at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and lives in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Delara Derakhshani '04
Delara attended Potomac for high school and subsequently graduated from the University of Virginia, where she majored in cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience and worked in the program’s research lab conducting experiments involving virtual reality. In 2011, Delara received a J.D. certificate in telecommunications from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. After law school, Delara worked in the DC Government Affairs office of T-Mobile, followed by the DC office of Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, where she advocated on behalf of consumers on telecommunications and privacy issues before Congress, federal agencies, and national media outlets. She recently began a position as counsel with the Entertainment Software Association, the U.S. trade association for the video game industry, where she advocates on behalf of leading video game publishers and console makers on technology, privacy, and security issues at the federal and state level.
Emily Duncan '00
Emily grew up with her sister, Sarah '03, in McLean, VA, and attended Potomac for high school. She is a director of federal relations at National Grid, an electric and natural gas transmission and distribution utility with customers in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Previously, she was director of government affairs and counsel at the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade association for the solar industry. Before joining SEIA, Emily was an energy attorney at Winston & Strawn, LLP, in Washington, DC, where she represented various utilities and development companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a law degree from Duke University. Emily lives in a 100-plus year old house in Northwest DC with her husband, Matt '00, their son, Harrison, and their daughter, Ellie.
Claire Figel '13
Claire was born and raised in Washington, DC and attended high school at Potomac, where she played 12 seasons of soccer, basketball and lacrosse. After Potomac, Claire graduated with honors from Bucknell University in 2017, receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish. Claire returned to Washington to work in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on Western Hemisphere policy.
Ann Addison Freniere '78
Ann began her Potomac journey in Kindergarten and graduated as a 9th grader, following her three sisters, Boucie Addison ’67, Ceci Addison Clark ‘68 and Nimmie Addison Huber ‘70. She graduated from Georgetown University with an art history degree. Following Georgetown, Ann worked for fine art insurance specialists, Huntington T. Block Insurance, Aon//Huntington Block and Flather & Perkins Insurance, proving her father wrong that an art history degree couldn’t get her a job. She also worked in education, the development office at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral’s Elementary School, in the middle school at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and now in the Student Life office on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. Through all her jobs, Ann has had a passion for connecting with people and trying to bring out the best in them. She lives in Kensington, MD with her two college-age daughters.
Matt Giuliano '19
Matt has lived in McLean, VA all of his life, alongside his four siblings and parents. During this time, he has spent the past 13 years at Potomac, having attended since Kindergarten. Matt has been a member of Student Government since his sophomore year, serving as Student Body Treasurer, Vice President, and, currently, President. In addition to his passion for government and representation, Matt has heavily involved himself in STEM throughout his time at Potomac, as an active participant in the school’s robotics program. Alongside his dedicated teammates, he has earned recognition at the state, national, and global level. Aside from competing, he and his teammates have also worked to improve the presence of STEM education both locally and at places as far away as Cambodia. Matt aspires to explore engineering in college and beyond, and to continue to learn about other topics of interest, such as political policy and finance. Matt is also an avid squash player and has enjoyed his time in the Upper School as a member of Potomac’s boys varsity squash team.
Sally Hamby '66
Growing up in Washington, Sally was a Potomac lifer (in those days, K-9) and loved every minute of her Potomac years. After Potomac, she studied at Madeira, Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. With a specialization in medieval and renaissance music, she was a concert and recording artist based in New York City and also taught music. In 1975 she founded and led a music school for low-income students in inner city Yonkers and the Bronx, eventually obtaining NEA funding for the project. From 1989 Sally was based in Italy, performing and also working as professor of musicology and director of the Collegium Musicum at Syracuse University's program in Florence. She also performed and collaborated with Gabin and Paul Dabire for many years, doing traditional music from Burkina Faso as well as fusion Afro-pop. She is co-author of one of Italy's frequently-used piano primers, "Adesso so suonare" published in 1993.
In recent years she has expanded into translating, doing extensive work for some of the leading Italian fashion houses, and she has ghost-written three autobiographies, one of which was in poetry form and won two European literary prizes.
Sally has a 23-year-old daughter, enjoys long- distance walking, collecting oral history and facilitating cultural exchange.
Cameron Kahl '12
Cameron graduated Potomac in 2012 and played DIII football at Denison University while earning a bachelor's degree in economics and Mandarin Chinese. Currently, Cameron is a field engineer with Clark Construction, where he manages overall site operations and logistics.
Clark Construction, founded in 1906, has a portfolio that features projects of all sizes and levels of complexity, from intricate interior renovations of some of the most complex civil operations in the country.
Pamela Kasenetz '99
Pamela is a practicing partner in Internal Medicine at the Arlington Medical Associates in Shirlington, VA. She graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine in 2008 and from the George Washington University Hospital Internal Medicine Residency program in 2011. After completing a B.A. in Neuroscience with minors in English and Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania in 2003, she spent a year researching sex chromosome disorders at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.
Her parents still live in Alexandria, VA, where she grew up, and her brother, Eric (also a Potomac School alumnus!) lives in Bethesda with his family. “Auntie Pammy” loves spending time with her niece, Scarlett, and nephew, Dylan!
Pamela enjoys hiking and has trekked through Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, and France. She serves as a member on the Next Generation Board at the United States Holocaust Museum. When she has the time, she tries to stay active in community theater and has performed at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, in the Capital Fringe Festival, and in a few Discovery ID shows.
She is excited to be joining the Alumni Governing Council this year!
Candace Kent '04
Candace grew up in Alexandria, VA and attended Potomac for high school. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2008 and received her master’s in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University in 2017. Since then, she’s worked in communications for an education non-profit, public relations for various fashion companies and supported both editorial and marketing departments in the magazine world. She is now at Hager Sharp, a public relations and communications agency. In her role, she provides strategic communications support for the agency’s education clients. During her time at Potomac, her peers knew her for her love of dance and participation in track. Today, if she needs to relax she will find a trail ride, if she needs to indulge she’ll eat Mediterranean or Persian food and if she needs a laugh or the truth she’ll hang out with her adorable niece!
Mark Kington '12
Mark grew up in Alexandria, VA, and began attending Potomac in the fifth grade. After graduating from Potomac, he attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in public policy and leadership from UVA's Batten School. Mark is currently a staff assistant for Senator Mark Warner where he works on behalf of Virginians in Senator Warner’s front office. Mark lives in Arlington with two other Potomac alums, Cameron Kahl '12 and Zach Meza '12. They live in a beautiful, one-story, 1930’s Sears kit-house on a slightly overgrown half-acre of rented land.
Reed Landry '99
Reed is the Managing Partner of Mission Group, which owns and operates a group of bar and restaurant concepts in Washington DC including Mission Dupont, Hawthorne and Mission Navy Yard. He was also a founding investor in Mason Inn (Glover Park) and George/Chinese Disco (Georgetown). For over ten years before fully shifting his focus to his brick and mortar businesses Reed operated Sugar Media Group, an Internet advertising company that focused on affiliate arbitrage and provided a social networking platform for more than 30,000 DC residents. He leveraged the network to regularly host events for between 1,000 and 6,000 attendees at downtown museums and stadiums, and subsequently to open a series of bars and restaurants. Reed was a lifer at Potomac in the class of '99 and graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He lives in Spring Valley with his wife Julie and their two sons.
Catherine Kahl Linskey '09
Catherine grew up in Alexandria, VA, and was a lifer at Potomac, as was her younger brother, Cameron ’12. After Potomac, Catherine attended Colby College, where she earned her degree in international studies. During college, Catherine was a member of the women’s lacrosse team and spent a semester studying in Paris. After college, Catherine started an internship at Tyco, a global fire protection and security systems company, which led to a position with Tyco’s social responsibility program and Tyco Cares Foundation. Currently, Catherine works in DC as a member of the Johnson Controls public affairs team, assisting in the management of their corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs. In her free time, Catherine enjoys playing with her dog, Weston, and coaching lacrosse.
Chris McNerney '04
Chris started at Potomac as a seventh grader in the fall of 1998 and was quickly followed by his three brothers and his sister. After six wonderful years at Potomac, he studied history at the University of Virginia, where he was president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity during his third year. After graduating in 2008, he moved back up to Arlington, VA, where he has lived ever since. He began his career in the business development division of a government contractor out in Reston, VA, before switching over to technology companies in 2011. From 2011 to 2013 he worked at LivingSocial, a daily deals start-up based in Chinatown, before beginning a four year stint as an account manager for Cvent, Inc., an event management technology company based out of Tyson's Corner. He is now an account executive for Hobsons, a college and career readiness software provider based in Arlington, where he sells to public school districts across Pennsylvania. In his free time, Chris loves to read, exercise, spend time with friends and family, and cook. His closest friends outside of his family are all Potomac classmates.
John Ohly '01
John and his sister, Jessica ’98, grew up in McLean and were lifers at Potomac. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a B.A. in Diplomatic History. He was also a member of the Sprint Football team and Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
John is currently the Director of Federal Affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association representing 12 of the world’s largest automakers. Prior to his current position, he spent over a decade on Capitol Hill where he served as a professional staff member on multiple committees in the House of Representatives. Mostly recently, he worked for the Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he was responsible for matters related to cybersecurity, critical infrastructure and national security, the Department of Energy, the automotive industry, professional sports and other matters.
John lives in McLean with his wife, Kiley, and their two children, Jack and Charlotte.
Derrick Plummer '99
Derrick and his brother, Andre '00, are from Bowie, MD, and attended Potomac for middle and intermediate school. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Morehouse College and a M.B.A. from Howard University.
Derrick is a vice president at Edelman and has 13 years of experience as a strategic communicator specializing in public affairs, crisis and political communications, stakeholder engagement, and multicultural and media relations. He has led multiple high-profile, multi-office communications efforts for Edelman. His client work includes providing strategic counsel and communications support for companies including Delta, Nissan, Krispy Kreme, Under Armour, Arby’s, Barilla, Koch, Boston Consulting Group, and MailChimp. Additionally, he manages the development and execution of insights-driven, brand building communications programs to effectively help clients achieve their business goals and objectives. His clients include organizations in the transportation, technology, QSR, healthcare, food, and professional services industries.
Derrick served as press secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the first term of the Obama administration. His political work includes serving on the Kerry/Edwards 2004 presidential campaign, as a regional press secretary and director of African American media affairs for the Democratic National Committee, and as communications director for Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI). Currently, Derrick's niece Sasha is a student at Potomac. His wife, Anita W. Plummer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Howard University. This summer, they are expecting their first child.
Stuart Price '09
Stuart is a senior consultant with Vantage Partners, a strategy and management consulting firm in Boston, MA. During his time at Vantage, Stuart has worked with companies across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, and financial services industries, with a focus on helping organizations to develop go-to-market strategies, to negotiate agreements with key partners, customers, and suppliers, and to enhance organizational decision-making and execution capabilities.
Stuart attended Potomac starting in first grade. His sisters, Madeline '15 and Gillian '15, are both Lifers. After Potomac and before joining Vantage, Stuart attended Duke University, where he received bachelor's degrees in economics and public policy studies with distinction in 2013. During his free time, Stuart enjoys coaching Little League in South Boston and mentoring aspiring young professionals through Year Up Boston.
Lara Ramsey '91
Lara was one of the first high school students at Potomac and was a member of its second graduating class. In 1995, she graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in psychology and a minor in history. Lara then spent a year in Glasgow, Scotland, working as a bartender and exploring the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Upon returning to the States, Lara attended the University of Virginia School of Law, earning her J.D. in 1999. She joined Brobeck, Phleger, and Harrison, LLP, in San Francisco as an associate in the insurance coverage litigation department, focusing primarily on environmental issues. She switched from plaintiff-side to insurer-side when she moved home and joined the DC office of Shaw Pittman, LLP. After some soul-searching, Lara left corporate law and spent five years running leadership programs for high school students for the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law, and its parent company, Envision EMI. Continuing a career in education, Lara graduated in 2011 from the George Washington University with a degree in school counseling, and spent several years working in Arlington elementary and middle schools. Lara now works (very) part-time as General Counsel for Acorn Capital, a small real estate investment company, and spends most of her time as a stay-at-home mom. While she lives nearby in the Falls Church, VA, with her wife, Kristin, and their three kids, Forbes, Campbell, and Blythe, Lara grew up walking to Potomac from her childhood home, which is now part of the school grounds.
Scott Richardson '03
Scott grew up in Washington, D.C. and was a lifer at Potomac. He has served as a congressional staffer since January 2017. Prior to this position, Scott practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP from 2014-16. From 2013-14, Scott served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Scott graduated from The George Washington University Law School in 2013. Before law school, he served as a staffer for Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), and as a Regional Political Coordinator on the 2007-08 Romney for President campaign. He graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with an A.B. in history.
Cate Rooney '08
Cate followed in the footsteps of her mother, Mittie '78, and uncle, John '76, attending Potomac for high school. After Potomac, Cate attended Vanderbilt University and graduated with a degree in human and organizational development. After spending a few years working at IBM's federal consulting practice, Cate moved to Eagle Hill Consulting; a boutique firm specializing in human capital consulting. Cate currently lives in Bethesda, MD.
Ben Rose '00
Ben is an investment advisor in Goldman Sachs's Washington, DC, office where he advises private business owners, public company chief executive officers, families, and non-profit organizations, and foundations. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs’s Investment Management division, Ben worked in a variety of roles throughout the firm, serving as an investment banker and later directly supporting the firm’s chief administrative officer, who was responsible for the firm’s infrastructure globally. Ben received a bachelor's degree in history with distinction from Yale University, where he was also a member of the varsity lightweight crew team. He received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and was awarded a HBS Leadership Fellowship to work alongside the senior management team at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York following graduation. Ben serves on the Advisory Board of the National Executive Service Corps, which recruits former executives to serve on consultant teams to deliver high quality solutions to nonprofit organizations.
Steve Shashy '04
Steve attended Potomac for high school. While there, he discovered that there was more to life than playing football – there was also running track. After graduating from Potomac the summer that "Mr. Brightside" first hit the radio waves (when radio was still a thing), Steve attended Amherst College. There, he briefly played football, had a moderately successful track and field career, called football and ice hockey games for the college's sports radio program, and – most significantly (to him at least) – started the best cover band you've never heard of, which has continued playing until today.
Steve liked Amherst so much that he stuck around after he graduated, working as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men's and women's track and field teams until 2012. In 2012, Steve departed Amherst for Charlottesville (another lovely college town), to attend law school. He graduated in 2015, and is now an associate with Latham & Watkins, LLP, in Washington, DC, where he practices tax law, with a generous side of pro bono work that deals with issues of juvenile criminal justice, federal civil rights, and family law. Steve and his girlfriend live in Old Town Alexandria.
Blair Farr Underwood '96
Blair Farr grew up in Washington DC and graduated from Potomac in 1996. She then went on to Princeton University where she majored in English and played on the varsity tennis team. After working at the United Nations in NYC she spent time at a children’s hospital in Cambodia and decided to become a doctor. She attended Georgetown University Medical School and completed her pediatric residency at Georgetown in 2015. She also has an interest in mindfulness and has completed mindfulness training programs for adults & children. She currently works at the Georgetown Pediatric outpatient clinic in Tenleytown, where she started the complex care pediatric clinic, and is now in the process of starting her own pediatric information website. Blair lives with her husband and two children (a son and daughter) in DC.
Daija Yisrael '19
Daija grew up in the D.C. Metro area raised by her single mother, and has attended The Potomac School since 6th grade. She is a member of the Madrigals Ensemble, the acapella group Quintessence, and the Visual Performing Arts Concentration as a voice student(VPAC). Along with music, Daija has a passion for service, which she has been able to explore through the student government positions she held her junior and senior year. Junior year, Daija served as Class President and currently serves as Student Body Vice President alongside Student Body President Matthew Giuliano. She runs for the Indoor Track Team and plays Varsity Lacrosse in the spring. Daija is also a steward and a part of the Students for Environmental Action club. Through Potomac’s music programs, sports teams, and clubs and activities, Daija has come to love Potomac as a second home and its members as a second family.
Frank Zarb '77
Frank is a partner in the corporate department of Proskauer Rose, LLP, where he concentrates his practice on regulatory matters under the U.S. federal securities laws, as well as on equity finance transactions regulated under those laws.
Frank held senior positions with the Securities and Exchange Commission and served as deputy general counsel and chief securities counsel for Bristol Myers Squibb Co. Frank attended Brown University, where he majored in history, and also went to law school at the University of Michigan, where he was an editor of the University of Michigan Law Review. After graduating from Potomac, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy for high school.
Frank is a trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Horizons Greater Washington, which develops public-private partnerships between independent and public school communities to provide academic, cultural, and recreational programs designed to empower economically disadvantaged students. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Charities Aid Foundation of America, which offers global grant-making and philanthropic advisory services to corporations, foundations, and individuals.