Meet the New Faculty & Staff for 2021-22

Dear St. Albans School Family:

As we prepare for September, we are delighted to introduce you to several faculty and staff members who are joining our school this fall, as well as a few who are already on campus:

Lan BuiLan Bui, associate director of financial planning and analysis, is responsible for liaising with all budget owners at St. Albans. Lan brings more than 25 years in financial leadership at area schools, having worked as chief financial officer at Bishop McNamara High School and Aidan Montessori School, as business manager and director of financial aid at the Lowell School, and as a senior accountant and assistant business manager at the Sheridan School. Lan has strong experience in several aspects of school life, including budget development and analysis, financial reporting, cash flow forecasting, payroll, employee benefit programs, accounting, financial aid, personnel management, banking and investments, insurance, risk management, and physical plant and safety. Lan received her B.S. in accounting from Hofstra University.
Nina HazraNina Hazra joined the School of Public Service full-time as program coordinator this year, where she will help with recruiting, fundraising, admissions, and curriculum planning, as well as take a lead role in planning alumni celebrations for the twentieth anniversary of SPS in the summer of 2022. A 2016 graduate of SPS, Nina has returned every summer since to assist as an intern, an alumni mentor, and residential faculty. Nina graduated this May from Cornell University, where she majored in chemistry and chemical biology and minored in math, Spanish, and law and society. She previously worked as an intern in the Department of Ophthalmology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as an undergraduate research assistant in labs at Cornell, and as a camp counselor at Geneva Day School.
UntitledHVAC technician René Hernandez joined the Facilities Team this past year as a contract employee with Lincoln Property Company. He previously served as a service technician for Gary P. Frank. René, who studied his craft at the Central American Technological Institute in El Salvador, holds an HVCAR Journeyman License and CFC license, and has a strong knowledge of technical data, including schematics, blueprints, and detailed specifications.
Matt HessMatt Hess is joining Finance and Business Services at the end of August as the new purchasing to payables (P2P) associate responsible for contracts and purchase orders as well as the P-Card program and employee expense reimbursement process. Matt has a background in golf with many years of experience at clubs, including serving as the head golf professional at the Club at Creighton Farms, where he was responsible for purchasing and retail for the golf shop, spa, tennis, fitness, and pool as well as event management, teaching, and coaching. Most recently, Matt was the event manager for the School of Nursing at the George Washington University, responsible for managing key events requiring collaboration across departments and development of vendor partnerships. Matt received his B.S. in recreation and park management with a minor in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and is a current M.B.A. student at GWU.
Savannah HortonSavannah Horton will move into the dorm as our 40th writer in residence. Savannah received her M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Florida, where she was named a Porter Fellow. As an English major at Bowdoin, she twice received the school’s prize for best undergraduate short story, was granted a fellowship to produce a short story collection while residing at Bowdoin’s Scientific Research Station on Kent Island, and graduated as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar. For the past three years, Savannah has served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Florida; she previously worked as a teaching fellow at the South Bronx Classical Charter Schools and as an editor for the test prep company ArgoPrep and the Bowdoin Daily Sun. Her short story “The Shower,” published in the Cincinnati Review, was selected as a distinguished story by The Best American Short Stories 2020 (edited, coincidentally, by Curtis Sittenfeld, our 21st writer in residence).
Kaithlyn KayerKaithlyn Kayer is St. Albans’ director of human resources, working with the PECF HR team to serve our faculty and staff on all HR matters including benefits, recruiting, onboarding, strategic HR planning, and compensation. Kaithlyn comes to St. Albans from Evans Consulting, where she helped provide day-to-day management and planning for 1,500 government employees and contractors in the aviation industry. She previously served at the George Washington University as an internal consultant providing expertise in project management, business process analysis, and financial analysis; as a human resources manager; and as special assistant to the vice provost for teaching and learning and faculty affairs. Prior to working at GWU, she managed extracurricular workshops for the Office of Entrepreneurial Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. Kaithlyn received her B.A. in cultural and historic preservation from Salve Regina University and her M.A. in American studies from GWU, and she holds professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Morgan KingUpper School Latin and Greek teacher Morgan King received her B.A. summa cum laude from Carleton College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.A. in Greek literature and her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley, where she wrote her dissertation on travel, immobility, and identity in Latin love poetry. Morgan has taught at both the high school and college level—as a visiting assistant professor at Williams College and at the College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University, and as a student instructor while in graduate school at Berkeley. She has also led workshops at Drew High School and substituted as a teacher and led the Aequora Chapter–using Latin and ancient history to teach literacy skills to middle school students and mentoring high school students—at College Preparatory School. While in graduate school, she also served on the Heller Lecture Committee, overseeing an annual public lecture program.;
Trang LeAs our new director of finance and business services, Trang Le oversees accounting, financial reporting, purchasing, payroll, and student accounts. Trang knows our Close community well, having served for nine years as controller for the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. She previously served as controller at the Landon School and as an accounting assistant at Marymount University, and she taught English as a second language. Trang received her B.A. in English with a minor in French from the University of Ho Chi Minh City, a B.A. in business administration from the College of Foreign Trade, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University; she is also a licensed C.P.A.
Sonya MurphySonya Murphy is our new accountant for revenue and receivables, where she works closely with Student Accounts, Development, and the Parents’ Association. Sonya served for five years as an accountant and accounting clerk for the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, working with all the Development Offices on the Close while processing stock gifts for each institution. She previously worked as an account clerk for the City of Alexandria. Sonya received her associate of science degree in business accounting magna cum laude from Everest University and is pursuing a B.S. in accounting and finance from the University of Maryland Global Campus.
Vasiliy SukhorukovVasiliy Sukhorukov joined the Facilities Team this year as a contract employee with Lincoln Property Company. A building engineer with Lincoln Property since 2018, Vas has extensive experience in building construction and civil engineering. He worked as a building engineer for Gary P. Frank and Complete Building Services since 2011, maintaining the integrity of high-rise residential and class A commercial buildings. He received his associate’s degree as a technician and electrician from Electro Mechanical College in Russia, and holds a 1st-Grade Maryland Operating Engineer License, a 3rd-Class Washington D.C Stationary Engineer License, and an HVAC MD Journeyman License, and is CFC Universal Certified.
Blake SundelBlake Sundel joins us to teach Lower School Omnibus, advise in Form II, coach swimming, and contribute to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office. Blake received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, where he was president of the Marshall Honor Committee. Blake received his B.A. magna cum laude in the history of art and architecture from Harvard College, where he received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship; served as executive editor of the Harvard Crimson’s Sports Board; acted, through the nonprofit Crimson Summer Academy, as a mentor for high-achieving, underserved students preparing for college; and swam with the Harvard Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. (He was named team champion at the 2014 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships.) Since graduating from U.S.C., Blake has worked as a marketing manager for Envista Holdings Corporation. Blake was a teacher for three years at the Belmont Hill School, where he taught English, government, world history, and African American studies to middle and high school students. At Belmont Hill, Blake also served as assistant director of admissions, conducting community outreach to enhance the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts; participated in residential life as a dorm parent; helped create the Belmont Hill Diversity Committee; and coached middle school soccer and track and field.
Giulietta VersigliaAs our new director of campus operations and auxiliary, Giulietta Versiglia oversees multiple aspects of school life, including mail and package services, office supplies, space management and housekeeping, reception, transportation, retail, event rentals, food service, club memberships, and summer programs. Giulietta comes to St. Albans from the George Washington University, where she served as director of operations and administration for the Division for Student Affairs, responsible for student health and well-being, campus living, and student organizations. An expert in marketing, finance, business process, and project management, Giulietta previously served as an associate in GWU’s Business Management and Analysis Group, where she managed the university’s internal audit process and helped revamp dining and housing offerings, and as an associate director in GWU’s School of Business, where she managed the World Executive MBA program. Giulietta previously worked in the private sector for Maritz Holdings as a managing director, vice president of marketing, and corporate intelligence manager. She received her B.A. in political science and cultural anthropology from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas-CIMBA.

We hope you will join us in warmly welcoming the newest members of our community, and we look forward to seeing you in September.


Jason Robinson
Sherry Rusher
Dean of Faculty
Sam Schaffer
Interim Head of Upper School &
Associate Dean of Faculty

Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.