Meet the Alumni Governing Council 2020-21
Jeffrey Billingslea '13
Jeffrey grew up in Temple Hills, MD and was a lifer at Potomac. He graduated from Ohio University in 2017 where he received his degree in Political Science with certificates in Political Communications and Social Media. Since graduating, Jeffrey has worked in accessories product planning, dealer and customer communications, and in the Office of the President & CEO for Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. – the US Headquarters for the German Automotive Brand.
Currently, Jeffrey serves as Product Marketing Planning and Committees Specialist for Volkswagen of America. He is responsible for coordinating all Product Marketing activities for the North American Region and United States in close alignment with the Sr. Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy. Additionally, he supports the coordination of all cross-carline topics (portfolio, infotainment, etc.) and manages all executive-level and dealer product committees.
Rory Byrnes '01, President
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.
Stephanie Caggiano '11
Stephanie grew up in McLean, VA and started at Potomac in kindergarten. After 13 wonderful years at Potomac, she graduated as a lifer.
Stephanie attended Virginia Tech where she studied public relations and business leadership. While at VT, Stephanie served as the Vice President of Membership on the Panhellenic Council, where she organized all recruitment efforts across the Greek community.
Stephanie currently works for Ernst & Young as a Talent Acquisition Recruiter where she handles external recruiting efforts for the Federal Consulting practice.
Leonard "Skip" Calvert IV '01
Skip grew up in Old Town Alexandria, VA and attended Potomac from first grade through twelfth. 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 commissioning as a naval officer in 2005 and a navy pilot in 2007.
Skip flew the Navy’s premier fighter aircraft, 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 new F/A-18 pilots for combat. He finished 11 years of active duty service as a department head managing the personnel and operations of the Navy’s largest aviation squadron.
Moving back to Alexandria, VA in 2016, he transitioned to the Naval Reserves flying the C-130 Hercules transport plane out of Andrews Air Force Base, MD providing intra-theatre logistical support throughout the world and recently promoting to the rank of commander. Also in 2016, he joined the corporate team at Alexandria's very own fast-casual better burger restaurant chain FIVE GUYS, where he presently works as a regional construction manager overseeing all corporate and franchisee construction and development projects in the central United States. In May 2019, he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and currently resides in Falls Church, VA with his wife, Tori.
Matt Carney '12
After Potomac, Matt 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 and Investment Management division, Matt focuses on client acquisition and financial planning for his clients through various investment strategies.
Jamie Davidow '13
Jamie grew up in McLean, VA and graduated from Potomac in 2013 (she’s still scarred from all the fake blood in the production of Macbeth). After graduating, Jamie earned a B.A. in government from Franklin & Marshall College, where she was a walk-on to the varsity rowing team and a student-member of the Committee on Sexual Misconduct.
Jamie is a program associate on the Aspen Ideas: Health Team at the Aspen Institute, based in Washington, DC and Aspen, Colorado. She leads logistics and coordinates activation for major corporations and foundations underwriting the Aspen Ideas: Health festival, a three-day conference that highlights deep thinkers, innovative doers, brilliant scientists, determined entrepreneurs, and artists. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys exploring the outdoors and attempting to find the best pizza in the DMV. She lives in Arlington with her rambunctious cat, Ruthie.
Blair Farr '96
Blair grew up in Washington, DC, and after Potomac 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 New York City, 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. Blair also has an interest in mindfulness and has completed mindfulness training programs for adults and 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 a daughter) in Washington, DC.
Will Fearey '21
Born and raised in McLean, Will is a Potomac lifer. Since the sixth grade, he has served on Potomac’s student government, is currently the Student Body President for the 2020-2021 school year, and is a school Steward. Will enjoys spending time with his friends on the Varsity cross country, swimming, and lacrosse teams. He is also heavily involved with Potomac’s clubs, including the school’s newspaper, The Current, and the a cappella group The Magnificent 7. Will has always been passionate about issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and looks to make these topics a point of emphasis while working with Potomac’s alumni and administration.
Claire Figel '13
Claire grew up 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 serve as a Congressional staffer.
Ariana Ghafouri '21
Ariana has lived in Great Falls, VA her whole life with her parents and sister, Sophia ’23. She has attended Potomac since fourth grade and, as a four-year member of the Student Government, is excited to serve as Senior Class President during the 2020-2021 school year. Outside of SGA, Ariana is passionate about work in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a co-Editor-in-Chief of InLight Magazine, leader of the Representation and Equity committee, and had the opportunity to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Seattle this past winter. Ariana is also artistically involved as a leader of SGA’s Arts Subcommittee and a participant in the VPAC theater program. She is hoping to have been in seven shows by graduation! Ariana is glad for the multiple opportunities that Potomac provides and is looking forward to further serving her community.
Jody Goehring '99
Jody is the co-founder and managing partner at Hyde Park Ventures, which acquires, develops, and operates multi-unit restaurant franchises and triple net real estate assets. Jody brings a wealth of operating, development, and M&A experience to Hyde Park, where he leads all development initiatives. Prior to co-founding Hyde Park, he was the Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at the digital promotions giant RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE). Previously, Jody was an Associate Director in the Technology, Media, Telecom investment banking group at UBS Investment Bank in New York, where he worked on a number of M&A and financing transactions. He also gained management consulting experience at Booz Allen Hamilton where he focused on the automotive sector. He received his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kevin Havermann '14, Secretary
After graduating, Kevin went on to receive a B.S. in business administration at Washington and Lee University in 2018. At W&L, he played four years on the Division III men’s varsity lacrosse team and was an active member of the Real Estate Society and 24, a student run organization committed to creating and promoting a united community of student-athletes. Kevin currently serves as an Associate at the Stream Realty Partners’ Washington, DC Office division. His core responsibilities include working on the brokerage and acquisition teams with a focus on agency leasing, tenant representation, and identifying investment opportunities for the firm and its clients.
Amir Jones '15
Amir grew up in Alexandria, VA and attended Potomac beginning in the 8th grade. His younger sister, Alyna, is currently a sixth grader in the Middle School. At Potomac, Amir was a three season athlete, played the saxophone, was a member of student government, and led various diversity initiatives. After graduating in 2015, he earned a B.A. in global affairs from George Mason University.
Currently, Amir works for Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) as a Finance Assistant on his reelection campaign. Previously, he worked on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign in Iowa and Texas. Amir has also worked and/or interned at TTR Sotheby's International Realty, U.S. Department of Justice, Linchpin Strategies, and for Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).
Cameron Kahl '12
After graduating Cameron 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 to 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, and her brother, Eric '01 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, Pamela tries to stay active in community theater and has performed at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, in the Capital Fringe Festival, and in several Discovery ID shows.
Candace Kent '04
Candace grew up in Alexandria, VA and attended Potomac's upper 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 is a Legislative Correspondent for Senator Mark Warner, where he covers banking, housing, veterans affairs, transportation, and space issues. He has worked in Senator Warner’s office since 2017, first as a Staff Assistant and since 2018 as an Legislative Correspondent. Mark attended Potomac from grades 5-12, and went on to the University of Virginia. He graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Public Policy and Leadership from UVA’s Batten School. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
Reed Landry '99, Board of Trustees Liaison
Reed is the managing partner and co-founder of Mission Group, a hospitality company that owns and operates large-format bar and restaurant concepts in Washington, DC, including Mission Dupont, Hawthorne (U Street), Mission Navy Yard, and The Admiral (Dupont Circle). Prior to launching Mission Group in 2014, he owned and operated George (Georgetown) for ten years and Mason Inn (Glover Park) for five years.
Reed earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He maintains an active role in the wrestling community, serving on the Board of Directors of Beat The Streets DC, an organization dedicated to establishing wrestling programs at DC public schools and providing support programs to athletes. Reed was a lifer at Potomac, graduating in 1999. His brother Clark '95 is also a Potomac School graduate. Reed lives in Washington, DC with his wife Julie and their three sons.
Todd Langstaff '08
Todd is an Engagement Manager at Copperfield Advisory, a Manhattan-based communications, brand, and strategy consulting firm. His work has included projects for companies in insurance, wealth management, healthcare technology, and nonprofits addressing teen programming and LGBTQ+ representation in the workplace. Previously, he worked for FCB Chicago, an integrated marketing agency, where he served FORTUNE 500 clients as a part of the account management, strategic planning, and new business teams.
After nine years at Potomac and a gap year spent working internationally, Todd graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in environmental studies concentrated on public policy and a minor in French. He is a former Aspen Ideas Festival scholar and currently serves as secretary to the Board of Directors of the Pestalozzi U.S. Children's Charity.
Catherine Kahl Linskey '09, Vice President
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 and was a member of the Colby Women’s Lacrosse team. Currently, Catherine works in Alexandria for Global Impact, a nonprofit consulting group focusing specifically on corporate social responsibility, disaster relief, and employee assistance programming. Catherine and her husband, Mike, live in Old Town Alexandria. Over the last year, Catherine has also served as a Vestry Member at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Old Town Alexandria, and most recently was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the St. Paul's Episcopal Preschool.
Christopher 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 years at Potomac, he majored in history at the University of Virginia, where he was president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Following graduation 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 in Reston, VA before switching over to technology companies in 2011. Since then he has worked at LivingSocial, Cvent, Inc., and Hobsons. Chris now works as a banker at the JP Morgan Private Bank in Washington, DC, where he advises families, individuals, and business owners. In his free time, Chris loves to read, golf, spend time with friends and family, and cook. His closest friends outside of his family are all Potomac classmates.
Gabriel Miller '16
After graduating from Potomac, Gabriel earned his B.A. in entrepreneurship from High Point University in 2020. Gabriel recently joined MillerWalker Retail Real Estate in Washington, DC as a leasing associate. MillerWalker is the Washington, DC Metro area’s premier retail and restaurant brokerage firm representing both landlords and tenants in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Adam Moses '14
Adam grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from the Potomac School as a lifer. The Moses family's affiliation with Potomac began long before Adam and his sisters - Sarah '08, Ali '11, and Grace '16 who all attended Potomac - were alive. Adam's dad, David '76, attended Potomac and his grandmother, Carol Moses, taught at the school. Following Potomac, Adam attended Dickinson College where he pursued a major in political science. Adam worked on the Jennifer Wexton Campaign for Congress in Virginia's 10th Congressional District shortly after graduating from Dickinson. After an exciting victory with the Wexton team, Adam joined the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence where he currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer. Adam lives in Washington, DC with friends from college and is thrilled to continue his relationship with Potomac as a member of the Alumni Governing Council.
Scott Nelson '03
Scott grew up in Washington, DC. He and his younger sister, Lizzie '06, both attended Potomac starting in kindergarten. After Potomac, Scott graduated from Brown University with a double major in geology and classics and subsequently received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is now back in Washington, DC having lived and worked in Alaska, Egypt, UAE, Boston, and Indonesia. Scott is a partner at ERM, a global consulting firm that works with the world's largest companies to address their sustainability challenges.
John Ohly '01
John and his sister, Jessica ’98, grew up in McLean and were lifers at Potomac. John 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 Senior Director of Federal Affairs and Vehicle Security Policy for the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a newly formed trade association representing automobile manufacturers producing nearly 99 percent of the cars and light trucks sold in the U.S., as well suppliers, technology companies, and other value chain partners. 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. Most 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 topics. John lives in McLean with his wife, Kiley, and their two children, Jack and Charlotte.
Savannah Peery '12
Savannah is proud to be a Potomac lifer! The summer after freshman year of high school, she participated in one of Potomac’s summer service trips to Costa Rica and then spent the next three years pursuing a newfound love for the Spanish language. Next, Savannah attended Elon University where she majored in International Relations and studied abroad in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua before graduating in 2015. She now works as a Student Services Coordinator for CET Academic Programs, a study abroad provider in Washington, DC. She helps prepare students for academic opportunities all over the globe, and her current portfolio includes programs in Colombia, India, and Jordan.
Valerie Plesch '98
Valerie is an independent photojournalist, documentary photographer, and writer based in McLean, VA. From 2014-2019, she worked out of Pristina, Kosovo focusing on the aftermath of war as well as covering breaking news, human rights issues, religion, sports, politics, and culture. Her work has been published in various news outlets including The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, Vice, Politico, and Open Society Foundations. In 2014, she reported from Afghanistan during the presidential election for USA Today and produced other feature stories for U.S. outlets.
Before pursuing her passion for visual storytelling, Valerie worked for eight years at Chemonics International, an international development consulting company in Washington, DC that provides technical assistance to countries around the world on behalf of USAID. Her work took her to post-conflict and post-disaster countries including Afghanistan, where she lived from 2010-2011, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Haiti.
Valerie was a Potomac lifer with her older brother, Alejandro '91 and has a bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado College and a master's degree in journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Stuart Price '09
Stuart is currently an M.B.A. candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to returning to school, he was a Senior Consultant with Vantage Partners, a strategy and management consulting firm in Boston, MA. During his time at Vantage, Stuart worked with companies across the biotechnology, healthcare, and financial services industries advising on go-to-market strategies and negotiations with key partners, customers, and suppliers.
Stuart attended Potomac starting in first grade. His sisters, Madeline '15 and Gillian '15, were 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 and mentoring aspiring young professionals through Year Up.
Bailey Ramsey '10
Bailey grew up in Great Falls, VA and spent 13 impactful years at Potomac. Many of her best friends are the ones she met as a Lifer at the school.
Bailey graduated from the George Washington University in 2019 with a B.A. in psychology. She began her undergraduate career at University of Pennsylvania, where she served as both President and Director of Formal Recruitment for the Alpha Phi Fraternity.
Bailey currently works in the CEO's office at NorthStar Anesthesia which partners with hospital administrators to provide outsourced anesthesia care as they seek greater operational efficiency, cost savings and better clinical outcomes. Previously, she worked as a Health Care Fellow at the Atlantic, where her research focused on the ongoing opioid crisis in the U.S.
In her free time, Bailey serves on the Young Professionals Committee for Knock Out Abuse Against Women, a local organization devoted to support victims of domestic violence. She also loves to explore DC through hiking and trying new restaurants.
Scott Richardson '03
Scott grew up in Washington, DC 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 2014-2016. From 2013-2014, 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 2007-2008 Romney for President campaign. He graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with an A.B. in history.
Philip Saba '13
Phil grew up in McLean, Virginia and graduated from Potomac in 2013. During his four years as a Panther, he served as a captain of the boys soccer team, steward for the Admissions Office and sports co-editor for The Current. After Potomac, he studied Economics and Physics at the University of Virginia. He then spent three years working within the Healthcare Performance Improvement practice at Berkeley Research Group, a management consulting firm. Today, Philip is currently an Associate in the Portfolio Transformation Group of Revelstoke Capital Partners, a middle-market healthcare private equity firm based in Denver, CO. During his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and skiing."
Andrew Serafin '92
Andrew started at Potomac as a seventh grader and was in the third class to graduate from the Upper School. After Potomac, he attended and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a degree in management. From there, he became a Nuclear Combat Crew Commander, where he oversaw 50 nuclear weapons, no-notice Russian treaty inspections, and numerous personnel issues. Andrew received an honorable discharge, returned to Northern Virginia, and began his consulting career. He served in several positions within the Pentagon, including 10 years as a foreign policy and military strategist. From there, he was a strategic advisor to leadership within the Department of Homeland Security before entering the leadership circle of the company and helping them maneuver through an M&A effort. Fast forward through numerous leadership stints, and we find Andrew in his current position as Strategic Market Planner for TransUnion’s Public Sector vertical. Andrew coaches youth lacrosse in McLean, volunteers on the McLean Planning Committee, and enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys.
Niya Watkins '11
Niya grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Potomac in 2011 as a lifer. She attended The George Washington University, where she studied International Affairs and Sociocultural Anthropology. Her Middle East concentration led her to the Department of State, where she spent five years working in various capacities.
Niya now works as a User Experience (UX) Designer at National Geographic in DC. In her role, she combines user research and visual design to create digital experiences that are intuitive and accessible for Nat Geo’s community of Explorers. When she’s not working, Niya enjoys traveling, photography, and advocating for inclusion in tech and design.