A Jesuit Day and Boarding School For Young Men Outside Washington, D.C.

Meet the Dorm Parents

Mr. Joe Harkins '96, Director of Residential Life

Mr. Harkins, the Director of Residential Life, attended Georgetown Prep as a day student, graduating in 1996. He grew up in Potomac, Maryland, giving him a familiarity with the D.C. Metro area. After high school, he was unable to get away from Jesuit education as he attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, studying English at both institutions. He played baseball in high school and college, and remains a diehard Washington Nationals fan. He enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and spending time with his family. His wife Melissa is one of Georgetown Prep’s college counselors, and his daughter Abby, who has grown up amongst Prep’s Resident Program, seems to think that she has over 100 big brothers! Mr. Harkins has been back at Prep working in the Residential Department since 2011.

Mrs. Melissa Harkins, Assistant Director of College Counseling

My name is Mrs. Melissa Harkins and I live in Boland Hall with my husband, Joe (the Director of Residential Life), daughter, Abby, and loveable chocolate lab, Ollie. In addition to baking birthday cupcakes for the freshmen and decorating the hall for the holidays, I am also one of the college counselors at Prep. I have been in the college counseling office since 2007 and I enjoy working with our young men as they plan for the next phase of their lives. I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and am originally from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago. I believe strongly in Jesuit education and I think Prep does a wonderful job of preparing our boys to become young men for others.

Brian Kaufman, Residential Liturgy and Confirmation Coordinator

Mr. Kaufman is from Nanuet, New York. He was educated at Boston College, where he obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Theology, and also a Master of Arts in Theology. After a period of living and working in France, Brian also attended Emory University School of Law and passed the New York bar, qualifying him now to work in his profession as a lawyer. Outside the courtroom Brian enjoys running, swimming, yoga, cooking, reading, traveling, theology, and social justice advocacy.

Ryan Smith, Residential Programming Director

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Venker, Duty Administrators

Mr. Venker hails from St. Louis, where he attended Saint Louis University High School, another leading all-male Jesuit preparatory school. Mr. Venker is the head of the English Department at Prep and helps coach the freshman football team and the junior varsity baseball team. He holds a Masters of Education degree in Secondary English Education. Mr. V is also a talented chef, a dedicated fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and an enthusiastic participant in FIFA tournaments held in the Venkers' living room - even if he does sometimes lose to residents.

Mrs. Venker is from Yorktown, Virginia. She is an attorney and works for a law firm in downtown D.C. Mrs. Venker earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!), which is also where Mr. and Mrs. V met when they were undergraduate students. Mrs. V enjoys running and completed her first marathon in 2015. Mrs. V is a hopeless cook, a somewhat less-dedicated fan of the Cardinals, and an enthusiastic planner of resident gatherings in the Venkers' apartment that do not involve PlayStation games.

Mr. Dacque Tirado, Weekend Duty Administrator

Mr. Tirado is a part-time Duty Administrator with the Residential Life program. He is also a member of the Social Studies Department where he teaches U.S. History and AP U.S. Government and Comparative Politics. He hails from New York City and is starting his fifth year at Georgetown Prep. He has familiarity with boarding school life as he attended the Pomfret School in Connecticut and taught at the Peddie School in New Jersey. He enjoys watching college football, playing golf, collecting political campaign buttons and reading historical biographies.

Freshman Dorm Parents

Andrew Aitken '12

Andrew AitkenAndrew is a 2012 graduate and member of the Alumni Service Corps.

Tom and Liz Fenfert

Nate Juarez

Rob Tatum '10

Rob TatumMy name is Rob Tatum and I am part of Prep’s newest program, the Alumni Service Corps. I am also a freshman dorm parent and a baseball coach. I graduated from Prep in 2010 and played baseball, was a booster, played in the jazz band, performed in school plays, and was a part of the big brother program. I went to Lafayette College where I played baseball for four years and am currently applying to medical school. When I get some free time, I like playing and listening to music, hiking, biking, and spending time with friends and family.

Sophomore Dorm Parents

Josh Furnary

My name is Mr. Furnary and I am a social studies teacher and a second floor dorm parent. I teach Western Civilizations to freshman and U.S. Government to seniors. I graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a BA in history. I continued my schooling there and also earned a Master of Education degree with a Virginia licensure in grades 6-12.

I enjoy spending time outdoors, particularly hiking, camping, and fishing. I spent 30 days camping and hiking in 11 national parks during the summer of 2015 on a road trip from D.C. to San Francisco and back.

I coach football and lacrosse at Prep and even spent some time coaching collegiately during graduate school.

Brian Kaufman

Mr. Kaufman is from Nanuet, New York. He was educated at Boston College, where he obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Theology, and also a Master of Arts in Theology. After a period of living and working in France, Brian also attended Emory University School of Law and passed the New York bar, qualifying him now to work in his profession as a lawyer. Outside the courtroom Brian enjoys running, swimming, yoga, cooking, reading, traveling, theology, and social justice advocacy.

Brandon Rothenberg

Thomas Venker

Tom Venker

Mr. Venker hails from St. Louis, where he attended Saint Louis University High School, another leading all-male Jesuit preparatory school. Mr. Venker is the head of the English Department at Prep and helps coach the freshman football team and the junior varsity baseball team. He holds a Masters of Education degree in Secondary English Education. Mr. V is also a talented chef, a dedicated fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and an enthusiastic participant in FIFA tournaments held in the Venkers' living room - even if he does sometimes lose to residents.

Mrs. Venker

Mrs. Venker is from Yorktown, Virginia. She is an attorney and works for a law firm in downtown D.C. Mrs. Venker earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!), which is also where Mr. and Mrs. V met when they were undergraduate students. Mrs. V enjoys running and completed her first marathon in 2015. Mrs. V is a hopeless cook, a somewhat less-dedicated fan of the Cardinals, and an enthusiastic planner of resident gatherings in the Venkers' apartment that do not involve PlayStation games.

Junior Dorm Parents

Patrick Butcher '03

Patrick Butcher

My name is Mr. Butcher and I am a senior dorm parent and teach sophomore geometry and senior pre-calculus. I grew up in the Bethesda area of Montgomery County, Maryland. I went to St. Jane de Chantal and then to the greatest high school in the world, Georgetown Prep. After Prep, I decided to go down south to Nashville, Tennessee, where I attended and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Math and Engineering Science. I went back to Vandy in 2010 to get a Master’s in Accounting, after which I worked for Ernst & Young for three years and then in the finance department for a healthcare company in Nashville.

I love all sports. I played lacrosse and wrestled at Prep. I now coach Prep’s JV lacrosse team.

I’m a HUGE New York Jets and Mets fan and follow my Vandy football team. I’ve been playing the guitar since high school (ask Mr. Coyle).

Working at Prep is a dream come true.

Kevin Dorn '08

Mr. Dorn is a 2008 graduate of Georgetwon Prep and is a member of the Mathematics department.

Davis Nwankwo

Mr. Nwankwo was born in Boston, Massachusetts and soon moved with his family to the Washington D.C. Metro area. He received a basketball scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Vanderbilt, Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science and a Minor in Economics. Soon after, he also earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 2013 at the Charlotte School of Law. During his tenure in law school and after graduation, he has worked for numerous organizations which include the District Attorney’s office for Union County in Monroe, North Carolina; Powers McCartan, PLLC; Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and as a Law Clerk at the National Security Law Counselors (NSLC). Currently, Davis has started a Tech Company (EquityRoots) with a few friends and is working as a legal consultant in the EB-5 visa and Economic development departments. He spends most of his time commuting back and forth between Chicago and Maryland.

On his time off, he enjoys partaking in extra-curricular activities to stay active. You will most likely find him in the gym exercising or participating in any activity where you can exert a lot of physical energy. In addition, he enjoys reading mystery and suspense novels or watching movies in his downtime.

Matthew Steinle

Senior Dorm Parents

Chris Maddalone

Mr. Maddalone is a graduate of Boston College and is a member of the Science department.

Reed Perry

Reed PerryMr. Perry hails from Fairfield, Connecticut. He attended Fairfield College Preparatory School, an all-boys Jesuit high school, and was a founding member of the Varsity rowing program. He is also from Annapolis, Maryland, where he spent every summer while growing up and where his family now resides. Reed attended Wake Forest University where he received a B.A. in Political Science. He works in the U.S. Senate as a Legislative Aide. Reed enjoys sailing, playing guitar and writing music, and he is a rock-climbing fanatic.

Kevin Watson

Mr. Watson is a member of the Religion department.

Garvey Young '08

Garvey YoungMr. Young is a 2008 Georgetown Prep graduate born and raised in Washington, D.C. He is currently a Sales Executive at IBM and graduated college with a Bachelor's in Marketing and Master's in Business Administration. Garvey enjoys sports, traveling, fishing, and is grateful for Netflix.

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