7:45 - 8:10 am
Continental Breakfast

8:10 - 8:40 am
Keynote Speaker

8:45 - 9:15 am
Panel Session 1

9:15 - 9:30 am

9:30 - 10:00 am
Panel Session 2

10:00 - 10:10 am


Arts & Entertainment

Arts, theatre and indie musicians. This panel introduces you to the world of art and how you can make your passion become your career.

Communication & Media

Newspaper, TV, Radio, Internet--there are so many ways to communicate. What is it like to build a career when the format or delivery method changes so rapidly. Learn from these seasoned specialists about media and how it really works on the inside.


Are you interested in solving problems? Consider learning about how engineers apply their scientific knowledge to solve problems in the real world.

Entrepreneurship & Start-Ups

What do all entrepreneurs and start-up hopefuls need to know? The mindset behind starting a business, how to make it work, and understanding how finance is critical to all aspects of business.

Finance & Investment

From Personal to Corporate, finance careers power the world. If you want a career in finance you’ll have a lot of field options. Come learn from our experts how they made their way in the world of finance.

Government, Regulatory & Legal

Who's looking out for us? Whether you work on the Hill or advocate for issues on the Hill, these professionals will share with you the path to public service.

Management Consulting

As one of the most popular fields for college graduates to enter after graduation, many students do not know what consulting encompasses. Join this panel to learn about how consultants provide external advice for organizations that require an objective outside perspective on their business.

Marketing, Sales & Advertising

Who is behind the story and where did all those ads on your favorite website come from? You will learn from our expert panelists what it's like from sales to promoting consumer product to the masses.

Medicine & Science

Find out what it's like to be a Doctor, an Inventor or a Psychiatrist. These panelists will share their path to helping people improve their mind, body and soul.


Interested in education, fundraising, or foundations? Join this panel to learn what it takes to be a part of the Non-Profit field, and maybe what it takes to make the world a better place.

Real Estate: Development & Brokerage

Tyson's Corner Mall; a new condo development; office space for lease. Do you ever wonder how commercial and retail space is developed, constructed and leased? Panelists will share how they launched into the real estate industry.


Upper School Student Networking Committee

Rebecca Crawley
Andrea Gebhardt
Hannah Gould
Seyoung Hong
Helen Horan
Caroline Hullman
Caroline Jones
Lexy Kaplan
Emma Lee
Sophia Li
Ryan Lovallo
Brendan Lui
Nicole Manning
Nicholas McKalip
Emme Moosher
Emma Mae Regan
Michelle Rojas Zambrana
Ramses Rubio
Ally Sadler
TJ Sharkey
William Thompson
Alan Vo
Joseph Younger
Tina Zvinys

Alumni Governing Council Networking Committee

Chairs: Delara Derakhshani ‘04 & Catherine Kahl ‘09

Rory Byrnes ’01
Skip Calvert '01
Aaron Kur ‘07
Sam Lee '99
Olivia Pavco-Giaccia '12
Derrick Plummer '99
Lara Ramsey '91
Ben Rose ‘00
Robbie Shiver '06

Laura Miller, Director of Alumni Relations
Alex Thomas, Director of Student Life

Potomac School's Career Day 2017: Broadening Your Horizons

Friday, December 15, 7:45 - 10:10 am
Kettler Crossroads

As a Potomac student, you are connected to a network of alumni who have interesting backgrounds and impressive career accomplishments. It's inspiring to learn about the many positive contributions of our alumni – both personally and professionally – and the various paths that they have taken since graduation.

In partnership with the Upper School Student Career Committee, The Potomac School Alumni Governing Council is hosting Career Day 2017: Broadening Your Horizons. This program will enable juniors and seniors to learn more about a variety of careers and engage in discussion with alumni who are leaders in diverse fields. As a student, you will have the opportunity to select from a variety of interesting career panels that will help you better understand and envision the opportunities available to you in the years ahead.


Register Here


Reilly Davis '08, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, PeopleGrove

Mr. Davis started his career as a dumpster-diving eBay mogul during his time in the Upper School. He went on to study finance and accounting at Georgetown University and then pursued a job in investment banking at Credit Suisse in San Francisco, advising tech companies on mergers and acquisitions. After discovering finance was not his calling, Mr. Davis worked at Google as an analyst fighting spam and abuse.

Shortly after joining Google, Mr. Davis followed the typical Silicon Valley tech dream and traded a nice apartment and free Google food for a double-wide trailer and Cup of Noodles to pursue the startup journey. After several failed attempts (many of which were freakishly similar to plot-lines in HBO's Silicon Valley), one started to take off.

Reilly is currently CTO of PeopleGrove, a venture capital-backed startup he co-founded in San Francisco in 2014. PeopleGrove's mission is to help students succeed personally and professionally through mentoring and advising connections at universities and other organizations. Since its founding, PeopleGrove has raised over $2 million in funding, broken $1.5 million in annual revenue, and grown to over 20 employees. Their clients include Potomac (via the newly-launched Potomac Connect platform), Stanford University, Georgetown University, Cornell University, Columbia University, and many more.

Reilly currently lives in San Francisco, and he recently married his Potomac high school sweetheart.


Moderator: Emma Lee & Emma Mae Regan
Room: Blackbox Theater

Matt Essig '11, Promotions Officer, iHeartRadio

Mr. Essig is a promotion assistant for iHeartRadio DC. Mr. Essig works with Hot 99.5, DC 101.1, BIG 100.3, 97.1 WASH-FM, and 98.7 WMZQ. His role includes working with major record labels and managing events for everything from local businesses to major non-profits in DC. Prior to working at iHeartRadio, Mr. Essig interned at a local recording studio, Cue Recording, where he worked with engineers in studio. Mr. Essig graduated from Marymount University, where he studied communications and graphic design.

Patrick Foust '07 , Producer/Director, Writer, Editor

Mr. Foust is a freelance video professional by day and a communications student at night. After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in international relations, he decided that a job at the state department was not for him and sought opportunities in other fields. He happened upon an internship at a small production company in Maryland and, with virtually no experience, quickly took to video editing. Mr. Foust soon found himself managing post-production for a long-running PBS series while building his creative editing portfolio.

After five years at the company, Mr. Foust decided to go back to school, pursuing a master’s degree in political communications from George Washington University. His goal now is to use digital media and storytelling to create positive change in the world and advocate for worthy causes. He recently produced a short documentary film following a young man with autism as he enters his first competitive horseback riding competition. The film has screened at festivals across the country and has received numerous awards.

Originally from McLean, Mr. Foust continues to live in the area with his black lab, Boone. He loves sushi, The Beatles, and road tripping across the U.S.

Lindsey Smith '11, Producer, MTV

Ms. Smith lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is a freelance television producer. After graduating from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in classical civilization and broadcast journalism, she began working in documentary production as a production assistant with Part2 Pictures. Ms. Smith worked her way up to become a producer for multiple networks and programs including Showtime, CNN, MTV, VH1, and LogoTV, among others. She has interviewed and produced segments on a number of celebrities and other artists including Janet Mock, DeRay McKesson, Cleve Jones, and T-Pain. Ms. Smith currently works as the human interest producer for MTV's TRL, where she books and produces young people making waves in their communities or online through their various talents and vibrant stories.

She plans to continue working in television and telling stories...for now.


Moderators: Andrea Gebhardt & TJ Sharkey
Room: U228

Rachel Chason '13, Journalist, The Washington Post

Ms. Chason graduated from Potomac in 2013, and went to Duke University where she studied political science and journalism. During her senior year, she interned at the Raleigh News & Observer, where she helped cover the 2016 presidential election. She reported from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's rallies in North Carolina, contributed to election night coverage, and came back to DC to cover Trump's inauguration and the Women's March the following day.

After she graduated from Duke in May, Ms. Chason headed to The Washington Post, where she has spent the past few months covering local politics and writing about everything from DC's rat problem to criminal justice reform efforts in the District. Ms. Chason also previously interned with CNN Politics and USA Today. She was a reporter and editor with Duke's student newspaper but gives full credit to the Current and Ms. Swope for sparking her love of journalism.

Andrew Johnson '07, Director of Communications, Office of Congressman Erik Paulsen

Mr. Johnson graduated from The Potomac School in 2007 after having attended for 11 years. After graduation, he spent a year living in Pamplona, Spain, attending classes at a local university, improving his Spanish, and running with the bulls. Upon returning from Spain and interning at a local Virginia newspaper for a semester, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. During his time in college, Mr. Johnson helped manage external communications for AIESEC, an international student organization with chapters all over the world. He also wrote for the award-winning campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. Additionally, Mr. Johnson interned with the state’s biggest newspaper, Star Tribune, as well as on the Late Show with David Letterman in New York City. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a degree in journalism.

After graduation, Mr. Johnson went on to work for National Review, a national political magazine and website, in both New York City and Washington, DC. Over the course of his two and a half years with the publication, he held a variety of roles, having served as a news blogger and a political reporter in addition to having managed social media content and made a number of media appearances on national television and radio. He has since moved on to a communications director role on Capitol Hill with Congressman Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, where he continues to use his background and experience in media.

Matt Meenan '00, Senior Director of Public Affairs, The Aluminum Association


Mr. Meenan joined the Aluminum Association in December 2012. As senior director of public affairs, Mr. Meenan runs day-to-day media operations and all external facing communications for the association. Prior to joining the association, Meenan was a vice president at Xenophon Strategies, a full service strategic communications, public affairs and crisis management firm in Washington, DC.

Mr. Meenan worked for a variety of clients during his eight years at Xenophon. Some include The Salvation Army, the Church Benefits Association, the Dollar Coin Alliance, the U.S. Grains Council, and Blank Rome, LLP/LLC. He has worked on major national and international news stories including the 2004 presidential election, Hurricane Katrina, the Duke Lacrosse case, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Mr. Meenan completed his M.B.A. at Georgetown University in 2014 and received his bachelor's degree in political science and communications from Vanderbilt University in 2004. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Emily '00, son Harrison, and daughter Ellie.


Moderators: Rebecca Crawley & Alan Vo
Room: U231

Ann Bellinger '10, Product Manager, Redline Trading Solutions

Ms. Bellinger is a product manager for Redline Trading Solutions, a leader in low-latency securities trading software. She spent 16 months as a software developer for Redline in Woburn, MA, before moving to New York City, where she serves as an interface between Redline’s customers and Redline engineers. Ms. Bellinger now spends much of her time defining and prioritizing customer requirements based on market problems, managing project deliverables and release time-lines, and locating and improving internal processes for InRush, Redline’s market data feed handler solution.

Ms. Bellinger graduated from Potomac in 2010. Then, she took a gap year to work for an Olympic horseback rider before heading to Tufts University where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in computer science. She played varsity squash all four years and was captain her junior and senior year.

Maggie Duff '12, Field Engineer, Turner Construction Company

As a field engineer at Turner Construction Company, Ms. Duff assists in obtaining, evaluating, and coordinating all information needed to construct a project in accordance with contract documents. Ms. Duff's main responsibilities consist of maintaining electronic web-based documents and daily construction reports from the subcontractors. She also reviews all drawings, specifications, and shop drawings to ensure proper coordination and installation in the field. Additionally Ms. Duff helps to implement site safety procedures and ensure all personnel on site are abiding by the specified procedures.

Ms. Duff graduated from Potomac in 2012 and received her bachelor's in civil engineering from the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering.

Cameron Kahl '12, Field Engineer, Clark Construction

Mr. Kahl graduated Potomac in 2012 and played DIII football at Denison University while earning a bachelor's degree in economics and Mandarin Chinese. Currently, Mr. Kahl 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.


Moderators: Seyoung Hong & Helen Horan
Room: U235

Reilly Davis '08, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, PeopleGrove

Mr. Davis started his career as a dumpster-diving eBay mogul during his time in the Upper School. He went on to study finance and accounting at Georgetown University and then pursued a job in investment banking at Credit Suisse in San Francisco, advising tech companies on mergers and acquisitions. After discovering finance was not his calling, Mr. Davis worked at Google as an analyst fighting spam and abuse.

Shortly after joining Google, Mr. Davis followed the typical Silicon Valley tech dream and traded a nice apartment and free Google food for a double-wide trailer and Cup of Noodles to pursue the startup journey. After several failed attempts (many of which were freakishly similar to plot-lines in HBO's Silicon Valley), one started to take off.

Reilly is currently CTO of PeopleGrove, a venture capital-backed startup he co-founded in San Francisco in 2014. PeopleGrove's mission is to help students succeed personally and professionally through mentoring and advising connections at universities and other organizations. Since its founding, PeopleGrove has raised over $2 million in funding, broken $1.5 million in annual revenue, and grown to over 20 employees. Their clients include Potomac (via the newly-launched Potomac Connect platform), Stanford, Georgetown, Cornell, Columbia, and many more.

Reilly currently lives in San Francisco, and he recently married his Potomac high school sweetheart.

Jay Farrell '92, Vice President, Sales, ePlus

Mr. Farrell joined ePlus in May of 1997. He held various sales and marketing positions within ePlus focused on the commercial, healthcare, education, and government markets. Currently Mr. Farrell works with the company's commercial finance division providing lease and extended payment plans for cloud, data center, collaboration, and infrastructure solutions. He has also worked to develop the company's IT as a Service (ITAAS) and Collaboration as A Service (eCaaS) offerings. Mr. Farrell an active member of the Northern Virginia technology business community and is a member of the NVTC Executive Circle and NVTC CFO Awards Committee. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Mr. Farrell holds a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a M.B.A. from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

Cyrus Roepers '06, Co-Founder, Arousing Appetites

Mr. Roepers is the co-founder of Arousing Appetites, an e-commerce company offering high-quality American kitchenware. Mr. Roepers and his team have put online and social media marketing at the forefront of their growth strategy, allowing him to test new ideas and iterate on novel approaches. After graduating from Potomac, he received his bachelor's degree from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands followed by a master's degree in international management from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.


Moderators: Nicole Manning & Tina Zvinys

Room: U203

Matt Carney '12, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Mr. 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, Mr. Carney 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, Mr. Carney focuses on client acquisition and financial planning for his clients through various investment strategies.

Ainsley Morris Cohen '06, Partner, Newid Capital

Ms. Cohen is a founding partner at Newid Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in financial technology (FinTech) companies targeting underserved individuals outside of North America and Western Europe.

Prior to forming Newid Capital, Ms. Cohen spent time as an investment analyst at QED Investors. During her tenure at QED, Ms. Cohen focused on the FinTech sector in the USA.

Ms. Cohen spent time working in microfinance in Uganda with the Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) before returning to DC and running the finance and operations of a legal staffing startup. Ms. Cohen remains on the Advisory Board of WMI.

Ms. Cohen has a master’s degree with honors in economics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is a passionate supporter of the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur and Indian Premier League cricket team Rajasthan Royals.

Lee Goehring '09, Associate, The Carlyle Group

After graduating from Potomac in 2009, Mr. Goehring attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. While at UNC, Mr. Goehring was an associate on the Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund, a $5 million student-run fund that invests in a strategic mix of buyout, growth capital, and venture capital deals. Mr. Goehring was also chief executive officer of the Carolina Challenge, a student-led venture capital competition.

Today, Mr. Goehring is an associate at The Carlyle Group, investing out of Carlyle’s $2.4 billion middle-market buyout and growth fund. Mr. Goehring focuses on investments in companies with significant unrealized growth potential, specifically in the technology and software sectors. Mr. Goehring was a member of the transaction teams that executed Carlyle’s investments in Coalfire Systems, ECi Software Solutions and Primatics Financial. He is based in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Goehring spent two years as an investment banking analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York City where he helped execute a number of M&A and capital markets transactions in the transportation, travel, and logistics sectors.


Moderator:Brendan Lui & Ramses Rubio
Room: U322

Mark Kington '12, Staff Assistant, Office of Senator Mark Warner


Mr. Kington grew up in Alexandria, VA, and enrolled at Potomac as a 5th grader. He attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in public policy and leadership from UVA's Batten School. Mr. Kington is currently a staff assistant for Senator Mark R. Warner. Mr. Kington 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.

Erika Melman '91, Acting Director, Division of Issuer Management Operations, Medicare & Medicaid Services

Ms. Melman has spent the majority of her career since graduate school evaluating and implementing public benefit programs for under-served populations.

Ms. Melman has worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) since 2011 and has held a number of roles focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Currently, Ms. Melman leads a staff division focused on certifying health plans to sell health insurance to consumers on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (i.e., 'Obamacare'). In this role, Ms. Melman directs communication with health plans, educates them about the criteria necessary to become certified, and sets and evaluates certification criteria through the regulatory process.

Prior to entering federal service, Ms. Melman spent a decade in public sector management consulting, focusing on CMS and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Directing a portfolio of Federal Government contracts, Ms. Melman led client delivery teams to execute numerous engagements, including evaluating public and private health insurance education and communication channels, assessing compliance of public health insurance programs with federal guidance, and conducting focus groups with public health insurance beneficiaries, caregivers, and health professionals educational, outreach, and training materials and websites related to public health insurance programs. Ms. Melman’s favorite project was her first: traveling cross-country to Indian tribes to conduct enrollment and eligibility outreach on Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Before that, Ms. Melman was the Associate Director at The College of William and Mary’s Center for Public Policy Research in Williamsburg, VA.

Ms. Melman attended The Potomac School through the 8th grade. She graduated from the National Cathedral School, went on to the The University of Chicago for undergraduate studies, and received a master's in public policy from that university's Irving B. Harris School for Public Policy Studies. She lives in Alexandria, VA, with her two children.

Jack Overstreet '10, Legislative Assistant, United States Senate

Mr. Overstreet aspired to work in the private or public policy sector, where he could leverage his experience in contemporary Asian politics and government. He first was exposed to the public sector during an internship for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mr. Overstreet then moved to Atlanta to volunteer on a senatorial campaign, but his time in Georgia ended abruptly when his candidate lost in the primary. He was subsequently offered a position managing an election field office focused on grassroots campaign efforts in southeast Iowa. Later, Mr. Overstreet worked in Baton Rouge on a senatorial campaign engaged in a runoff election. At the conclusion of the midterm elections, he faced a choice between continuing his career in campaigns or steering his path back toward policy and legislation. Ultimately he accepted a position as a junior staffer in the DC office of Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia.

After spending a year and a half as a staff assistant in Senator Isakson’s office, Mr. Overstreet was offered a position on the senator’s legislative team as a Legislative Correspondent, or LC. As an LC, Mr. Overstreet was part of a two-person team advising the senator on financial policy issues, including taxes, banking, trade, housing, and the federal budget. After one and a half years spent working as an LC, Mr. Overstreet was offered the role of legislative assistant, or LA, in Senator Isakson’s office. As an LA, Mr. Overstreet is charged with advising the senator on a host of policy issues, including energy, transportation, housing, and agriculture policy.

Daniel Ricchetti '09, Legislative Aide, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Mr. Ricchetti is a legislative aide at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, working on the dual portfolios of arms control/nonproliferation and international security/political-military affairs. This includes supporting SFRC oversight of U.S. security assistance, defense exports, WMD and missile proliferation, arms control agreements, counterterrorism issues, and use of force matters, as well as assisting the ranking member during committee hearings and on his legislative efforts pertaining to both portfolios. Mr. Ricchetti received his bachelor's degree in history and government from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree in security studies from Georgetown University.


Moderator: Caroline Hullman & Ryan Lovallo
Room: U324

Alex Chapman '01, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Mr. Chapman is a senior associate with Booz Allen Hamilton's Civil Commercial Group (CCG), supporting the Finance and Economic Development (FED) Group. He has over 12 years of professional experience, which includes business and IT strategy consulting for agencies across the federal government. His focus areas include program and project management of large IT transformation efforts, IT strategy development and execution, IT governance, change management and communications, and financial and contract management support.

Mr. Chapman started his career working as an organizational transformation analyst with Booz Allen's strategy team, where he worked with military clients including the United States Army. He also led a transformation initiative with the Federal Aviation Administration serving as a deputy project manager and was responsible for strategy development, planning, and execution of change management activities for all Part 121 domestic commercial air carriers.

Mr. Chapman graduated from The Potomac School in 2001 and went on to the College of William and Mary, where he double majored in government and history. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Alexandria, VA.

Nicole Long '06, Senior Strategic Communications Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ms. Long is a Senior Communications Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, currently serving as the Senior Strategic Communications Analyst for the Navy Suicide Prevention Branch. Ms. Long has diverse experience across the health communications and public health spectra, including implementing social marketing campaigns and behavior change interventions in the fields of psychological health and tobacco cessation.

Ms. Long’s experience in these health areas includes digital health communication, social media engagement, social media strategy implementation, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, operationalizing behavior change theories and models to support client strategic communication needs, and maintaining adherence to best practices to promote behavior change in target populations. At Booz Allen, she has served as a digital strategist and outreach strategist for the award-winning Real Warriors Campaign, a psychological health campaign targeted at veterans, service members and their families. In her current role, she serves as the senior strategic communications analyst for the Navy Suicide Prevention Branch and its award winning Every Sailor, Every Day campaign, a psychological health campaign supporting Sailors, their families and the Navy community. Prior to Booz Allen, Ms. Long worked as a project coordinator and outreach coordinator at Matthews Media Group developing social marketing strategies and social media behavior change campaigns for National Cancer Institute’s Smokefree.gov smoking cessation campaigns and Mayo Clinic’s Global Bridges tobacco cessation initiative.

Ms. Long received her Bachelor of the Arts in Communication from Boston College and her Masters of Public Health in Public Health Communications and Marketing from The George Washington University.

Sam Martin '01, Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Mr. Martin is a senior consultant with Deloitte's Technology Consulting practice, specializing in enterprise program management and agile transformation for federal clients.

Mr. Martin has established himself as an essential member of an agile software development team, leading requirements workshops, developing detailed requirements documentation, and spearheading user experience enhancements from design through implementation.

He graduated from The Potomac School in 2001, holds a bachelor's degree from William and Mary, and received a master's in information technology management from the University of Virginia.

Cate Rooney '08, Manager, Eagle Hill Consulting

Ms. Rooney followed in the footsteps of her mother, Mittie '78, and uncle, John '76, attending Potomac for high school. After Potomac, Ms. Rooney attended Vanderbilt University and graduated with a degree in human and organizational development. After graduation, Ms. Rooney worked at IBM on HR process improvement projects at a number of federal agencies and in 2015, moved to Eagle Hill Consulting; a boutique firm specializing in human capital consulting. Ms. Rooney is currently a manager at Eagle Hill, focusing on helping the federal government improve strategy implementation, change management, and organizational culture and effectiveness. She also manages Eagle Hill's onboarding process and is passionate about employee engagement. Ms. Rooney is also a student in the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program at American University and hopes to receive her certification in leadership coaching next year. Ms. Rooney currently lives in Bethesda, MD.


Moderators: Lexy Kaplan & Ally Sadler

Room: U213

Jessica Andrus '98, Sales Strategy and Operations Manager, Latch

Ms. Andrus is currently the sales strategy and operations manager at Latch, a smart lock startup which has created the ultimate system for managing every door in a multi-family apartment building. Their locks allow individuals to access their apartments without keys, share access with people they trust, and automate deliveries. Ms. Andrus is developing the go-to market strategy and sales process for the early stage startup. She specializes in implementing data-driven solutions that deliver strategic change, drive sales force productivity, and increase revenue.

Prior to joining Latch, Ms. Andrus worked at Oracle for seven years. There, she held several positions, including managing a sales development team staffed with recent college graduates and leading sales territory optimization, performance management and enablement for the North America Applications Telesales Group. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Andrus was a sales analyst in Rust-Oleum’s National Accounts Group and a materials planner in Kimberly-Clark’s Adult and Feminine Care Division. Ms. Andrus has a degree in industrial management from Purdue University and also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Ross Milton '01, Senior Associate Brand Manager, Mars

Mr. Milton attended Cornell University after graduating from Potomac in 2001 and received a bachelor’s degree in operations research and industrial engineering and a master’s degree in applied operations research. After working in consulting for almost six years and seeing various industries up close, Mr. Milton decided to take the plunge and enter business school full-time at Duke University with an eye towards pivoting his career into marketing. After graduating from Duke in 2014, Mr. Milton joined Mars, Incorporated, and currently works in Chicago, IL, as a senior associate brand manager on M&Ms. In this role, Mr. Milton has his hands in almost every part of the M&Ms business, from new product development to national advertising campaigns. It’s a sweet job.

Elizabeth Fabiani Rooney '03, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Google

Ms. Rooney is a product marketing lead with Google. She and her team are responsible for creating the advertising marketing strategy -- everything from thought leadership to events -- for automotive dealers and manufacturers including General Motors, Ford, and Toyota. Prior to her current role, Ms. Rooney was a senior product marketing manager on Google Shopping, where she marketed retail advertising products to some Google’s largest retail partners, including Burberry and Walmart. She also spent six years as an account executive managing the relationship with global luxury and CPG brands like LVMH and Procter & Gamble.

Ms. Rooney holds a bachelor's degree in English and communications from Boston College. She serves as the treasurer of her co-operative in New York and is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Trine University, a private college in Angola, Indiana.

Ms. Rooney currently resides in New York City with her husband, Mike Rooney, who she met while working at Google in Ann Arbor, MI.

Zoe Williams '07, Marketing Manager, Demand Generation, CQ Roll Call

Ms. Williams is a Marketing Manager at CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Roll Call, the premier source of congressional news, analysis, and legislative tracking and advocacy tools. In this role, she supports CQ's suite of 15 enterprise subscription products and manages the full marketing campaign lifecycle, from planning and development to deployment and tracking. She develops content for digital and print, including product positioning and brand messaging, and has worked on multiple new product launches and go-to-market plans. This has required her to work closely with CQ's sales, retention, and product teams to ensure that product messaging is engaging, consistent, and compelling to the market. Ms. Williams also serves as marketing's systems architect, overseeing CQ's entire marketing automation program and designing reports, dashboards and attribution models that help answer the question, "Is this working?"

Ms. Williams joined CQ Roll Call in 2011 after graduating with high honors from Dartmouth College, where she majored in English literature and minored in government. She held internships in DC throughout college, including a stint on the Hill with former California Senator Barbara Boxer.

At Potomac, Ms. Williams enjoyed writing for Common Sense and participating in chorus/Madrigals, model congress, field hockey, and winter musicals.


Moderator: Hannah Gould & Nick McKalip
Room: U327

Takiesa (Renee) Grant '96, Licensed Acupuncturist, Orchid Blossom Acupuncture LLC

Dr. Grant is a licensed acupuncturist primarily trained in Five Element Acupuncture, which she uses to help patients to reduce and eliminate pain and address both acute and chronic physical, emotional, and psychological conditions. Dr. Grant received both her master's and doctorate degrees in from the acclaimed Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She is also certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) to treat addiction, substance abuse, and PTSD among both veterans and civilians.

As an integrative healthcare practitioner, she approaches each patient’s needs individually, comprehensively, and holistically. Dr. Grant teaches her patients the importance of listening to their bodies and how to engage in conversations with their allopathic doctors to achieve optimal health and balance. In addition to operating her practice, Orchid Blossom Acupuncture located in Columbia, MD, Dr. Grant has extended her healing on a volunteer basis to the community at Penn North Drug Recovery Center in Baltimore, MD, offering an opioid free alternative treatment for pain management and recovery from addictive substances.

Inspired by the work of Dr. Mutulu Shakur and his work with the Lincoln Detox Center in the 1970s, Dr. Grant founded Acupuncturists for Healing InJustice – a group of nationwide volunteer practitioners committed to offering acupuncture, free of charge, to the often overlooked poor, homeless, and disabled communities who would otherwise have no access to treatment of this type.

Dr. Grant now lives in Columbia, MD with her partner (and fellow Potomac School alum) Christopher Carroll '96 and their three boys, Christian (11), Trey (8), and Parker (4).

Kathleen Kiernan Harnden '00, Assistant Director, Breast Medical Oncology Program, Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Dr. Harnden is a breast medical oncologist and physician scientist at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.

After Dr. Harnden graduated from The Potomac School in 2000, she attended Williams College. She subsequently spent two years researching B cell lymphoma at the National Cancer Institute prior to attending University of Southern California for medical school. She was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and graduated with honors. Dr. Harnden completed residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Duke University with a focus on the treatment of breast cancer in young women. Dr. Harnden's research is focused on early phase clinical trials in breast cancer and breast cancer genomics. She has been the principal investigator on several phase I clinical trials in metastatic breast cancer and is working to develop novel therapies. Dr. Harnden currently resides in Oakton, VA, with her husband, who is a gastroenterology physician, and their three children.

Leah Lipsky '96, Staff Scientist, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Dr. Lipsky is a behavioral nutrition epidemiologist with a focus on understanding the development and trajectories of eating behaviors and body weight in youth and families, and their impact on health outcomes. She studied economics and music as an undergraduate at Oberlin College and was a professional musician for several years before earning a Master of Health Sciences degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a doctoral degree in nutrition from Cornell University. After graduate school, Dr. Lipsky joined the intramural research program at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH, where she designs and conducts original research in the field of public health nutrition.

Noelle Sherber '97, Board-Certified Dermatologist, SHERBER + RAD

Dr. Sherber was a Potomac "lifer" who went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she designed and implemented a novel degree program in health policy focused on assessing and improving quality of care. She next attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she earned her M.D. degree. Following a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical research at Columbia University, she returned to Johns Hopkins for dermatology residency training and conducted research in scar healing and in disorders of collagen.

Dr. Sherber is Co-Founder of SHERBER+RAD in Washington, DC, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at George Washington University. A former medical consultant to ABC News’ Good Morning America, she frequently contributes her expertise on television news and in print media including Vogue, InStyle, Marie Claire, and Elle. Dr. Sherber is active in several professional societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.


Moderator: Emme Moosher & Michelle Rojas Zambrana

Room: U225

Catharine Bellinger '08, Director, Democrats for Education Reform

Ms. Bellinger serves as the founding director of Democrats for Education Reform's District of Columbia branch (DFER DC). From 2011 to 2014, she served as co-founder and co-executive director of Students for Education Reform (SFER), a nonprofit that trains college students as grassroots organizers who fight for educational justice in their communities. Ms. Bellinger is a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a Forbes "30 Under 30" honoree, and one of TIME Magazine's "12 Education Leaders for 2012." She graduated from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 2015 after taking a three-year leave of absence to lead SFER's national growth. Ms. Bellinger is a board member of Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

Christian Gomez, Jr. '99, Senior Manager for Global Government Affairs, Walmart

Mr. Gomez was a lifer at Potomac and graduated in 1999. He is currently Senior Manager for Global Government Affairs at Walmart, with a focus on Latin America. In this role, he helps position Walmart's public policy in its Latin American markets through work with governments, NGOs, and multilateral organizations.

Prior to joining Walmart in 2017, he was Economic Growth Advisor in the Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was the Director for Energy issues at the Council of the Americas, a leading policy association in Washington, DC. Previously, Mr. Gomez consulted for the International Finance Corporation and was a Program Assistant at the Inter-American Dialogue, a leading think tank on Latin American affairs. He also ran his own non-profit called Princeton in Latin American (PILA). He started his career at the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Mr. Gomez holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA from Johns Hopkins-SAIS, and an AB in Political Economy from Princeton University. Mr. Gomez lives in Bentonville, Arkansas with his wife Roxanna and two children.

Stephanie Amann Kapsis '01, Senior Advisor, KIPP DC

Ms. Kapsis attended Princeton University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in politics and certificates in Spanish and Latin American studies. She received a master's degree in teaching with a bilingual extension in Spanish Language from Pace University. Ms. Kapsis was born and raised in McLean, VA, and has stayed very connected with The Potomac School through three years of service on the Alumni Governing Council and four years as a member of the school’s Board of Trustees.

Ms. Kapsis has dedicated her career to helping to strengthen public education and close the achievement gap. After college, Ms. Kapsis joined Teach For America—the national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in low income urban and rural schools. Her experience as a teacher led her to serve in multiple leadership roles at the administration of Teach For America.

Ms. Kapsis transitioned to KIPP DC in 2013 as the managing director of talent. KIPP DC is a growing network of open-enrollment college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. In her role, Ms. Kapsis oversees all human capital work for the KIPP DC network, including recruitment, human resources, and talent development support for almost 950 instructional and non-instructional staff members.

Additionally, Ms. Kapsis joined the Alexandria City School Board in January 2013 and served until December 2015. Ms. Kapsis lives with her husband, Jim, and their daughters, Cora and Sadie, in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA.

Lolly Cunningham Rivas '05, Director of Development, Dog Tag, Inc.

Ms. Rivas joined Dog Tag, Inc., as director of development in October 2016. Her responsibilities include planning, management, and implementation of Dog Tag's fundraising efforts and strategic partnerships, as well as oversight of communications and public relations. Previously, Ms. Rivas served as manager of principal gifts, foundations, and grants with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), where she developed and executed measurable, multi-dimensional partnerships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors to help NRAEF achieve record fundraising revenues year over year. Ms. Rivas holds a bachelor's degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia.

REAL ESTATE: Development & Brokerage

Moderator:Caroline Jones & Sophia Li
Room: U328

John Cecchi '92, President, Cecchi Homes

Mr. Cecchi launched Cecchi Homes in 2014 to fill a void that he discovered in the construction business while redeveloping some of Washington, DC’s most historic, beautiful homes since 2008. Personally involved with every project that the company takes on, Mr. Cecchi hand picks each project's assigned construction team and shares his personal experience and advice throughout every stage of the project.

A native of D.C., Mr. Cecchi is a second-generation real estate developer and began his career in 1996 working in customer service for his father, Watergate developer, Giuseppe Cecchi, at the IDI Group.

In 2008, Mr. Cecchi launched the luxury home development division of IDI Group, IDI Residential. He serves as managing director of the IDI Group along with two of his brothers, Enrico '85 and Carlos '90.

Mr. Cecchi graduated from Denison University with degrees in economics and Latin American studies and a minor in art. As founder and chairman of The Trust for the National Mall's L'Enfant Society in 2008-2009, Mr. Cecchi launched the Ball on the Mall event. Most Recently, he oversaw the design and development of the Rose Park Phase 2 Improvement Project in Georgetown. Mr. Cecchi is a member of Washington DC's Young President's Organization (YPO).

Mr. Cecchi and his wife live with their two children in Northwest DC.

Brandon Jackson '02, Principal, HJB Properties, LLC.

Mr. Jackson attended Vanderbilt University after graduating from the Potomac School in ’02. There he received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2006, he began working as a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, which led him to pursue a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School; where he focused on Patent Law. After several years drafting/prosecuting patent applications, he found the courage to pursue entrepreneurship. Mr. Jackson founded HJB Properties, LLC. with his two partners. The company focuses on luxury condo conversions and developing affordable housing in D.C., Virginia, and North Carolina. Currently, Brandon resides in Alexandria, Va; where he currently mentors several high school and college aged young men.

Ashley Gerstenfeld Wiltshire '90, Principal, SJG Properties

A native Washingtonian, with a bachelor's degree in political science and a M.B.A. from Duke University, Ms. Wiltshire has developed an outstanding reputation within the field for her development and management skills. At SJG Properties, Ms. Wiltshire manages the day-to-day operations of a company that has developed approximately $250 million of commercial and residential projects in the last ten years and is responsible for the property management and asset management of the firm. She was responsible for creating a residential property management arm of the firm, and for reinventing the development arm of the firm. Prior to joining SJG, stints at Monument Realty and Carey Winston/Barrueta Real Estate Company gave her a comprehensive understanding of the real estate property market in Washington, DC.

Ms. Wiltshire is currently a member of the Young President's Organization and on the Advisory Board for Fair Chance - Washington, DC.