Landon Alumni Board
The purpose of the Landon School Alumni Association is to engage the Alumni in meaningful ways, provide opportunities for Alumni to connect to Landon and one another, and invest broadly in Landon and its future. Please see the profiles below to learn more about the current members of the Alumni Board.
- Steve Abraham '76 - President
- George Wenchel '65 - Vice President
- Patrick L. Guarnieri '00 - Treasurer
- Peter Arnold '82 - Secretary
- Ali Al-Attar '91
- Steve Amitay '83
- David Chakola '09
- Cameron Coursen '99
- Michael Day '94
- Spencer Flajser '07
- Andy Goldstein '04
- Burnell Holland '01
- Mark Knebel ‘88
- James E. Gilbert '81
Steve is honored to serve as President of the Landon Alumni Association. Please let him or others on the Board know if you have Landon or Alumni related questions or issues you would like to bring to the board's attention.
While at Landon, Steve started on the Varsity Football team for three years, was co-captain of an IAC Champion Football team, served as class president, and worked on the Yearbook and Dance Committees.
He is a proud General, having graduated from Washington & Lee, where he was President of the Executive Committee (the Student Body), and the Washington & Lee School of Law.
In 2003, inspired by his 2001 National Outdoor Leadership School program, he left his law firm where he was a trial attorney to establish Wilderness Leadership & Learning, Inc. (WILL) a holistic 12-month program to enhance the educational, leadership and life skills of DC high school youth from underserved/under-resourced neighborhoods.
George is a member of the class of 1965. Upon graduation, he attended the Naval Academy, graduating in 1969. He spent the subsequent 23 years on active duty, retiring in 1992. He then was a consultant to the Navy, Department of Justice, and several Department of Defense activities. Finally retiring in 2017, he is entering his ninth year on the Alumni Board. He has worked on the Annual/Landon Fund since 1990.
After graduating from Landon, Patrick earned a degree in finance from the University of Virginia where he played on the men's tennis team. He is a long-time Landon class agent and in his third year as a member of the Alumni Association Board, currently serving as treasurer. He works for a large Swiss bank in Bethesda, as a vice president & portfolio manager in their wealth management division, and enjoys tennis, cooking, and time with his family.
Ali Al-Attar is a member of Landon's Class of 1991 and completed his undergraduate and medical education at Georgetown University. He remained at Georgetown for his residency training and was in Manhattan for fellowship training. He is currently in private practice as a plastic surgeon in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
For the past 25 years Steve has been a lobbyist in DC representing a wide variety of clients. In 2003 he started his own firm and since 2012 he has served as the Executive Director and General Counsel for his client the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO). He also has worked over the past decade as part of a team of lobbyists to enact legislation that has provided billions of dollars in compensation to victims of terrorism. Previously he worked in the U.S. Senate, and graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
David Chakola ’09 joined the board in 2014. After his time at Landon, he attended Hobart College in Geneva, NY. Upon graduating in 2013 with disciplines in environmental science and economics, and after playing as a four-year letterman on the varsity lacrosse team, David settled back in Maryland to join his father managing the family’s North American manufacturing business headquartered in Williamsport, Maryland. He is the vice president of Operations across their manufacturing portfolio. He is currently attending the 2-year Advanced Finance Program at The Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania. David, his wife, Ali, and their dogs, Lola and Woodstock, live on a small sheep farm in Middletown, Md.
Cameron is a corporate communications executive with more than 15 years of experience counseling Fortune 500 and trade association clients on communications and public affairs issues. While at Landon, Cameron helped his fellow Bears win multiple IAC championships while on the Varsity Football and Varsity Tennis teams. Cameron lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife and son.
Michael Day is Vice President of Francis O. Day Company, a fourth generation family business serving the Washington DC Metropolitan area. F.O. Day is a full service heavy highway and site work contractor as well as developer and home builder under the name Greentree Homes. F.O. Day is one of the largest asphalt producers in the State of Maryland.
A lifelong resident of Potomac/Bethesda, Michael began his Landon career in 3rd grade and graduated in 1994. He then went on to Loyola College in Maryland where he graduated with a bachelor of business management in 1998. At Loyola he continued his lacrosse career where he lettered all four years, was selected as team captain, and achieved Honorable Mention All American. Shortly thereafter, he returned to Loyola and completed his master of business administration in 2002.
Michael joined the Landon Board of Trustees in 2009 and served through 2015. He then joined the Landon Alumni Board in 2015 to continue his service to the school.
Andy Goldstein is a member of the Class of 2004. While at Landon, he was on the varsity diving team starting freshman year, going undefeated his sophomore year. He joined the Alumni Board in 2019.
A graduate of American University, Andy began working for Potomac Pizza in his senior year and has been with the company ever since. He is general manager of their Potomac location and oversees the Rockville location.
Burnell Holland is 2001 graduate of Landon School and has served on the Alumni Association Board since the fall of 2013. Burnell is currently a senior associate at My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative of The Obama Foundation.
MBK Alliance was born out of President Obama’s call to action to ensure all of our nation’s boys and young men of color have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. In this role, he is primarily responsible for managing the development and implementation of the MBK Community Challenge Competition, a national grant competition focused on community investment in the areas of youth violence reduction and effective mentoring practices. Prior to his transition to the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Burnell served as Chief of Staff in the DC Public Schools Office of Innovation and Research. Burnell holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master of public administration degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and an executive master's in leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Mark owns and operates Clemens Builders, a residential development and construction company focusing on the luxury market. He lives in Bethesda with his wife and three children. Their two boys will finish their 10-year runs at Landon in ’21 and ’22. Their daughter graduated from Holton and is now in college.
While at Landon, Mark played varsity soccer for four years, won one IAC championship and was their captain his senior year. He played varsity lacrosse, won three IAC championships and was a proud member of Rob Bordley’s first undefeated team his senior year. He was also the editor of the Brown and White, held various student council positions and was active in several community service programs. Mark played lacrosse at the University of Virginia where he earned a degree in architecture.
Mark has been their class agent since graduating and joined the Landon Alumni Board in 2019.