Rev. Emily Berman D’Andrea, Pastor/Head of Staff
The Reverend Emily Berman D’Andrea began her ministry at Potomac Presbyterian Church on May 30, 2018. From West Hartford, CT where she grew up attending Westminster Presbyterian Church, she went south to Davidson College in North Carolina to play tennis and major in Political Science. Emily worked on Capitol Hill for five years before attending Princeton Theological Seminary where she was awarded the prestigious Parish Pulpit Fellowship which granted her a year of study and travel in South East Asia and Europe. She was ordained in 1998 and has served two other churches in National Capital Presbytery. Emily is married to Paul and they have two children, Beverly & JohnPaul. In her spare time Emily enjoys watching her children play soccer, reading and singing. Emily is drawn to contemplative forms of Christian spiritual practices and enjoys the book of nature, silence and practices that draw us closer seeking union with God
Tom Andrew, Director of Music and Organist
Tom Andrew joined the PPC staff as Director of Music and Organist in August 2011. Tom has over 40 years of church music experience and has directed choirs for singers and ringers 5 years old through senior adults. Since his days in college, Tom has also served as a children’s and youth ministry leader and enjoys working with kids of all ages. Tom majored in music and organ performance at Wake Forest University. Tom, his wife Judy, and son Teddy live in Rockville, Maryland.
Chris McAuliffe, Director of Youth and Christian Formation
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On May 29, 2019 we will welcome Chris McAuliffe as the Director of Youth and Christian Formation. He received a Masters of Divinity at Wake Forest School of Divinity and studied Religious Studies as an undergraduate at the University of Redlands. His passion is to help people grow in their relationship with God and each other. He is a bit of a church history buff and enjoys having deep conversations about God and theology. Chris loves working with youth and is super excited that he gets to spend time teaching and interacting with the students at Potomac Presbyterian Church. His hobbies include all things sports, traveling, playing with his dog, and video games.
Jenny Robertson, Soprano Section Leader
Jennifer Robertson obtained her Master’s in Music in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America. She met her husband, Greg Robertson, when they were both section leaders at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church. The couple went on to sing as section leaders under the direction of Thomas Andrew at Potomac United Methodist Church, and as guest soloists at Dulin United Methodist Church. Jennifer also previously served as a section leader at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. She has sung as a guest soloist at many other area churches, and for oratorio performances by the Vienna Choral Society. For several years she was a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus, under Placido Domingo’s artistic direction. When not singing, Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice, with offices in Dupont Circle and Rockville. In addition to her private practice, she is also affiliated with the Adult ADHD Center of Washington.
Greg Robertson, Tenor Section Leader
Greg Robertson has served as a soloist and section leader in Washington area churches since well into the last millennium, starting at Western Presbyterian and Chevy Chase Presbyterian. Additionally, he has performed in numerous operas and oratorios. Prior to (and after) discovering his voice, he played the trumpet for a variety of events both sacred and secular. Greg studied trumpet and/or voice at Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Michigan summer opera program at Interlochen. Greg’s Presbyterian ancestry dates back at least to 18th century Fort Defiance, Virginia, where his great great great great great grandfather Captain William Robertson is rumored to have sung “To Anacreon in Heaven” with George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Greg resides with soprano Jennifer Robertson and their Brittanys Opie and Willie.
Jeewani Muditha Kurukulasuriya, Children’s Teacher
Jeewani Muditha Kurukulasuriya (Ms. Muditha) joined the PPC staff in June 2016. As the Children’s Teacher, she provides loving, attentive care and Christian education for the preschool and younger elementary children of our congregation on Sunday mornings. Ms. Muditha has 20+ years of experience as a Montessori/ pre-kindergarten teacher. She taught at St. Mary’s Montessori School in her native Sri Lanka from 1993-2006. From 1996-2006, she was the owner and director of that school which served over 100 students. From 2007 to the present, she has taught at various Montessori schools in Washington State and northern Virginia. She has a deep passion for nurturing children and helping them reach their full potential. Ms. Muditha lives in Falls Church with her husband and three daughters.
Jeanne Grillo, Office Administrator
Jeanne Grillo, our Office Administrator, has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a Master’s degree in Public Health, and her previous work experience has been in the field of computer programming and data analysis. Jeanne is a Potomac resident, she is a member of Potomac United Methodist Church with her husband and 2 daughters.