Meet the Alumni Governing Council 2019-20
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. After graduating, Jeffrey worked in Public Affairs at Edelman PR & Marketing Firm. Since then, he has worked in Accessories Product Planning, Dealer Relations and Owner Communications for Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Currently, Jeffrey serves as an Assistant in the Office of the President & CEO for Volkswagen Group of America in Herndon, VA. The President & CEO office oversees all Volkswagen brand activities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, including factories in Tennessee and Mexico. The office also heads the U.S. operations of Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and VW Credit Inc.
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.
Stephanie Caggiano '11
Stephanie grew up in McLean, VA and started at Potomac in Kindergarten. After 13 wonderful years at Potomac, she graduated in 2011 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 (EY) 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 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.
Blair Farr '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.
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.
Kevin Havermann '14
Kevin graduated from Potomac in 2014 and 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 within 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.
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, Mission Navy Yard and The Admiral. He was also a founding investor in Mason Inn (Glover Park) and George/Chinese Disco (Georgetown). 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 Washington DC with his wife Julie and their two sons.
Ethan Lee '20
Ethan was born in Los Angeles and has lived the majority of his life in Virginia. Currently living in Mclean, Ethan has been a student at Potomac since 6th grade and is a member of the Class of 2020. He has been a part of the Upper School's Student Government since his freshman year, serving three years as the class president, and he will serve as the Student Body President for the 2019-2020 year. Ethan also spends his time playing on the Varsity Golf team in the Fall and on the Varsity Tennis team in the Spring. Ethan is musically involved, spending many of his years playing violin for Potomac's orchestra and is now a part of Mag7, the Upper School's all male acapella group. He also is a member of the Upper School's Investment Club and Student Environmental Action Club. Ethan is thankful for all of the opportunities Potomac has to offer and how much Potomac has impacted his life.
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.
Scott Nelson '03
Scott grew up in Washington DC. He and his younger sister, Lizzie, both attended Potomac starting in kindergarten. After Potomac, he graduated from Brown with a double major in geology and classics and subsequently received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Scott is now back in Washington DC having lived and worked in Alaska, Egypt, UAE, Boston and Indonesia. He 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. 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.
Savannah Peery '12
Savannah is proud to be a Potomac lifer! The summer after freshman year of high school, Savannah participated in one of Potomac’s summer service trips to Costa Rica and then spent the next three years pursuing a newfound love for 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 D.C. She helps prepare students for academic opportunities all over the globe, and her current portfolio includes programs in Colombia, India, and Jordan.
Kat Plaza '20
Kat Plaza has lived in McLean, VA her whole life with her parents and brother, Matt Plaza ’19. She has attended The Potomac School since Kindergarten. She joined Student Government her junior year as a class representative and is excited to take on the role of Senior Class President in the 2019-2020 school year. Kat has a passion for science and is part of the SERC program, spending this past summer conducting original environmental science research at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. Kat is also an active participant in the arts: she is a co-leader of the acapella group Mixed Company and a four-year participant in the Winter Musical. Kat spends her falls running cross country and plays varsity softball in the spring, having won back-to-back conference championships. Outside of school, Kat dances and is a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. She is also Vice President of the Youth Advisory Board of the Children’s Science Center, a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing science education to kids of Northern VA. Kat has been proud to call Potomac home for these 13 years and is thankful for the many amazing opportunities that it provides.
Stuart Price '09
Stuart is a senior consultant with Vantage Partners, a strategy and management consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts. 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, negotiate agreements with key partners, customers, and suppliers, and enhance organizational decision-making and execution capabilities.
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 in South Boston and mentoring aspiring young professionals through Year Up Boston
Bailey Ramsey '10
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.
Philip Saba '13
Philip is a Senior Associate with Berkeley Research Group, a management consulting firm in Washington, DC. He works within the Healthcare Performance Improvement practice, where he has improved the operational efficiency of health networks, standalone hospitals and academic medical centers across the US.
Before working with BRG, Philip graduated from UVA with a major in Economics, minor is Physics and a pre-medical concentration. At Potomac, Philip served as a captain of the boys' soccer team, steward for the Admissions Office and Sports Editor for The Current. During his free time, Philip enjoys playing intramural soccer and kickball throughout DC, but mostly on the National Mall.
Andrew Serafin '92
Andrew started at Potomac as a seventh grader and was in the third class to graduate from the Potomac high 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 a
variety of positions within the Pentagon where he served as a foreign policy and military strategist for 10 years. 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 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 5 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 design to create digital experiences that are intuitive and engaging for Nat Geo’s Explorers. When she’s not working, Niya enjoys traveling, photography, and advocating for inclusion in tech and design.