Meet the Alumni Governing Council 2021-22
Danny Adrien '96
Danny started at Potomac in 7th grade, and graduated in 1996 (yes, before email). During his six years at Potomac, Danny served as captain of the boys soccer team, captain of the track & field team, and was a founding member of The Magnificent Seven.
Today, Danny is an executive recruiter with Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading global executive search and leadership consulting firms, where he is a core member of the firm’s Private Equity and Financial Services practices. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Danny enjoyed a 15-year career in financial services, initially in Fixed Income Sales & Trading at Goldman Sachs in New York, and ultimately in Portfolio Management at Payden & Rygel in Los Angeles.
Danny graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies. He also holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and serves on the board of directors of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network. Danny resides in Pasadena, CA with his wife and their two children.
Hamilton Brooks '18
Hamilton grew up in Lake Ridge, VA and attended Potomac from fifth grade through twelfth. He was a part of Student Government, serving as Potomac's Student Body President for the 2017-2018 school year. He is a rising senior at New York University where he is majoring in history, with additional minors in sociology and Social Cultural Analysis. Hamilton currently serves as Field Director at Generation Vote NYU, the only student-led voting rights organization serving NYU's 27,000 undergraduate students. Within a year of its founding, his organization got Election Day off for all students in addition to an early voting polling site on campus. He led social mobilization efforts for the 2020 election, looking to raise student turnout from 49 percent to at least 55 percent. An Institute for Responsible Citizenship scholar - the premier fellowship for African-American men in higher education, Hamilton has intern experience with the NAACP, ACLU, a number of other social justice organizations. After he graduates in 2022, Hamilton will pursue a JD/Ph.D. dual-degree in hopes of becoming a college professor and voting rights organizer.
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 and son Declan.
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 was promoted 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, and their son, Quinn.
Ben Choi '22
Born in New York City, Ben moved to the DC area when he was four years old and joined Potomac as a first-grader. He is now a senior and a student in the Science & Engineering Research Concentration (SERC), a member of the boys Varsity Squash team, the President of the Student Body, and a founding member of the It’s Academic team. Outside of school, Ben enjoys trivia, playing the violin, and watching DC-based professional sports teams. He hopes to help serve as a bridge between current students and the alumni community. His sister, Kate, is in the 9th grade.
Atiba de Souza '22
Atiba lives in Suitland, Maryland, and has attended Potomac since 9th grade. His sister, who is two years younger than him, also attends Potomac and began in 6th grade. He is active in the school as he serves on the SGA as the senior class president and is a leader of the Black Student Alliance. He is also the Quarterback of the football team and devotes a great deal of time to his sport.
Jonique Elligan '85
Jonique has had an eclectic career spanning industries, roles, and both American coasts. After studying English at the University of Vermont, Jonique headed back to DC, where she worked for a Texas congressman during the Clinton administration. Next, she joined a government relations firm, Hill & Knowlton, where she developed her interest in global communications.
Since then, she has crafted communications strategy for Fortune 500 and technology companies during the dotcom boom at world-class public relations firms like Weber Shandwick and Allison & Partners. Jonique also ran internal communications departments at Merrill Lynch and Ralph Lauren. During a corporate hiatus, she became a certified yoga instructor and managed two large Brooklyn, NY studios for Yoga to the People.
Jonique currently lives in New York City and works at the Council on Foreign Relations, an academic think tank in corporate member business development.
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.
Erin Jackson '16
Erin grew up in Clinton, MD and joined the Potomac community as a 7th grader in the IS alongside her two younger siblings, Evan ‘17 and Eric ‘19. Erin managed the boys varsity basketball team and was a yearbook editor throughout her time in the Upper School. Upon graduating from Potomac, she attended St. John’s University for 3 years before transferring to Towson University. Erin completed her B.S. in Mass Communications at Towson in December of 2020. Having previously explored freelance brand marketing and communications, Erin decided to formalize her services. In December of 2020, Elanae Consulting was formally launched as a resource for small businesses looking to improve their digital footprint with social media planning and other strategic communications.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys yoga and meditation practices as well as spending free time with her family, friends, and dog named Luna.
Amir Jones '15
Amir grew up in Alexandria, VA and attended Potomac beginning in the 8th grade. His younger sister, Alyna, is currently a seventh grader in the Intermediate School. At Potomac, Amir was a year-round 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 Evergreen Strategy Group, a strategic communications and policy firm. Previously, he worked in the 2020 election cycle on then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign in Iowa and Texas and Congressman Tom Malinowski's reelection campaign in New Jersey.
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 an Assistant Superintendent with Clark Construction where he manages overall site operations and logistics. Most recently, Cameron worked on several totable projects in the DC area including The United States Army Museum and The Cannon House Office Building Renovation on Capitol Hill.
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.
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; 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 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.
Gabriel Miller '16
After graduating from Potomac, Gabriel earned his B.S.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.
Gabriel lives in DC and is enjoying playing soccer and watching live music.
Charlotte Morris '11
Charlotte grew up in McLean, VA and began attending Potomac in the ninth grade. After graduating, she attended the University of California, Davis, where she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team and studied business. Charlotte remained in California following school, working and living in San Francisco as a Senior Associate at CloudMed Consulting. She has been back in the heart of DC for the past several years and is now heading up the Brokerage Partnerships team for one of the leading Real Estate Prop Tech startups in the country, Curbio.
In her free time, Charlotte is an associate board member of McLean Youth Lacrosse and coaches a 5th and 6th grade girls team. She loves to read, travel to the Delaware beaches, paint, and stay physically active. Some of her closest friends to this day are her Potomac classmates
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 - were born. 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, Massachusetts, 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. After 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 Strategy, Advocacy and Technology Policy for the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade association representing automobile manufacturers producing nearly 99 percent of cars and light trucks sold in the US, as well as suppliers, technology companies, and other value chain partners. John is responsible for advocacy and engagement with federal executive and legislative stakeholders related to vehicle technology and innovation.
Prior to his current position, John 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.
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 US 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.
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 US 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.
Meaghan Kiernan Sparkman '05
Meaghan attended Potomac from the 9th through the 12th grade and has strong family ties to the school. She met her husband at Potomac (Charles ’05), and her sisters Kathleen Kiernan Harnden (’00) and Cara Kiernan Fallon (’03) and sister-in-law Paige Sparkman Goodwin (’02) are all alumnae.
Meaghan is the Director of Strategy for Premium Waters at Nestlé USA, bringing to life the long-term ambition of iconic brands including S. Pellegrino, Perrier, Acqua Panna, and Essentia. Prior to this role, she served in various marketing, sales, and strategy roles in addition to acting as Chief of Staff for two CEOs.
Following Potomac, Meaghan graduated with her B.A. from Wake Forest University, M.A. from the University of Virginia, and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. She resides in Falls Church, VA with Charles and their two young boys.
Natasha Urbany '14
Natasha grew up in McLean, VA and joined Potomac with her twin brother, Max, in 6th grade. After Potomac, she graduated from Columbia University where she majored in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies. While at Columbia, Natasha was selected as a Career Prep Fellow with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and served as the President of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. She also capitalized on the university's international connections and studied abroad in Paris and at the University of St. Andrews' honors program for International Relations.
Natasha is based in Washington, DC and currently works for Deloitte Consulting as a Human Capital Consultant where she guides technology, finance, healthcare, and energy clients adapt to the future of work and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion-focused strategies and programs. Outside of her client work, Natasha is a leader within Deloitte's pro-bono consulting space, she recently spearheaded the creation, piloting, and scaling of the firm's cross-functional skills-based volunteering program.
Natasha has maintained close relationships with her Potomac peers and regularly reunites with Track & Field alums for long runs and reunion trips.