Our People

Michelle L. Bender, AIF®, CFP®
President, Senior Financial Advisor

Michelle grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the Washington area shortly after college. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and brings over 20 years of solid financial and asset management experience to Potomac Financial Consultants, LLC. During Michelle's career she has held positions at Arthur Andersen, Private Wealth Advisors and several other financial and asset management firms, including Potomac Financial Consultants, LLC.

She is a graduate of Seton Hill College with dual degrees in Accounting and Human Resource Management. Michelle achieved the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation through the College of Financial Planning, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation through the Center for Fiduciary Studies. She is actively involved in the financial services industry and is currently a member of the Financial Planning Association and is actively involved in the Million Dollar Round Table. Michelle is a Registered Representative of Kestra Investment Services, LLC.  She is currently a member of the Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce and Poolesville Chamber of Commerce, as well as a past president of Women Business Owners of Montgomery County.

In Michelle's spare time, she is an avid marathon runner and coaches other runners through Team In Training, a marathon program to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Michelle is married and has twin children.  Michelle may be reached at michelle@pf-consultants.com


David Messina
Client Servicing Advisor 


Dave graduated in 2010 from The State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics & Finance. He brings experience in commercial finance, banking, lending and 4 years working in personal wealth management. Dave currently holds the Series 7 (General Securities Representative) and Series 66 (Uniform Combined State Law Examination) registrations as well as Life, Health, and Variable Insurance licenses.  Dave can assist you with anything related to the eMoney software, retirement plan projection updates, or research on investment related items.  Dave is a registered field assistant with Kestra Investment Services, LLC and does not offer securities or investment advisory services.


In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family and friends, attending sports car races, and is an avid automotive and motorcycle enthusiast.  He and his wife relocated to the DC Metro area in early 2016 from New York and are happy to call Maryland home.  Dave may be reached at dave@pf-consultants.com



Candace Davidson
Sales Assistant 


Candace can help you with your scheduling needs or appointments, anything related to your insurance servicing needs, and any address changes.   Candace is also responsible for overseeing the office administration. 


Candace grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from West Virginia University in 1993.  For the past 18 years, she has made her home in Maryland.  Candace is an unregistered associated person of Kestra Investment Services, LLC. 


Candace spends her free time with her family on their horse and cattle farm.  She also enjoys riding and competing with her two American Quarter Horses, gardening, swimming, traveling and is involved in her local 4-H Community.   Candace may be reached at candace@pf-consultants.com


Grace Aucoin
Sales Assistant 

Grace is responsible for processing new account applications, completing service requests, and many other important tasks.

Grace was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. She has been supporting financial service professionals since 2008. Grace is an unregistered associated person of  Kestra Investment Services, LLC.

Grace loves spending time with her husband and young son as well as running, yoga, photography, traveling, and following the LSU Tigers.  Grace may be reached at grace@pf-consultants.com