An independent, coeducational PK-Grade 12 private school located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia

Board & Administration

Meet the Board

Fredericksburg Academy is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.

President Stephen G. Norair

Stephen G. Norair

Stephen G. Norair, Esq., is CEO of Hazel Land Companies, Inc. and Hazel Homes, LLC. Mr. Norair joined Hazel Land Companies in 1998 as General Counsel and in 2007 became CEO. Previously he was a partner in the law firm of Bankert & Norair, P.C., located in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Norair previously served on the Board of Trustees of Jefferson Townhouse Corporation and Norair Engineering Corporation, and he currently serves on the board of BikeWorks Racing. Mr. Norair holds a BA from Denison University and a JD from the George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Norair and his wife Missy are parents to one daughter attending FA and two daughters who are alumni, one a 2014 graduate attending Duke University and the other a 2016 graduate attending the University of Virginia.

First Vice President Bradley A. Repp

Bradley A. Repp

Brad Repp is Vice President of Product Development for Breeze-Eastern, a developer and manufacturer of helicopter search and rescue hoists and mission support equipment. He has 30 years' experience growing innovative engineering companies in the aerospace and defense sector. He holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University, an MBA from Arizona State University, and is a licensed professional engineer (PE). Mr. Repp is a founding member of the Fredericksburg Chamber’s Steering Committee for the Advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). He and his wife Chris have a daughter attending the Academy.

Second Vice President Jacqueline J. Payne

Jacqueline J. Payne

Jacqueline J. Payne is the Vice President of Marketing for Payne, Inc., a position that she has held since 2010. In 2015 she founded A Alora designs, a renovation and design company dedicated to repurposing and refurbishing residential and commercial buildings in historic Fredericksburg. Her past career experience includes three years teaching English and theater at both the high school and community college levels. In 1994, she founded Interiors by J. Wilken and Associates, where she served as CEO and Principal Designer until selling the company in 2006. In 1995 she co-founded the manufacturing company Olde Towne Window Works, where she held the position of Creative Director and Marketing Manager until 2001. Jackie earned her BA from Virginia Tech in 1989, and her MA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993. Her community involvement includes past memberships in the Rappahannock Rotary Club from 1995-2004, where she served as community chair, and a role as an ambassador for the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce. She is currently a board member of the Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg. She has served as an ambassador for Fredericksburg Academy, an auction volunteer, and has been a homeroom mother for three years. Jackie attends Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. She and her husband Daniel have two sons who attend Fredericksburg Academy.

Secretary Richard G. Harrison

Richard G. Harrison

Richard G. Harrison is currently CEO of CodeHERO, a SaaS medical rounding solution used by ambulatory and hospital based specialty practices, and Founder and CEO of Markerhistory.com. Previously, he was founder and President of Global Securities Information, Inc. (GSI), a Washington, D.C.-based provider of global transactional law research. He sold GSI to Thomson Reuters and assumed the role of Vice President responsible for global transactional law strategy before retiring at the end of 2007. Mr. Harrison has previously served on the Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council at the University of Richmond, as President of the Board of Directors of Bryce Resort, a member-owned four-season resort, member of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center (FAMCC) Board of Directors, Chairman of the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church endowment committee, and scout leader. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond. He is an FA Booster volunteer and organizer, and volunteers as a strategic business mentor to Fredericksburg regional businesses. Mr. Harrison and his wife Susan have three children, two of whom are FA alumni and one who is a current FA student.

Treasurer Charles M. Sharpless

Charles M. Sharpless

Charles M. Sharpless is a professor and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Mary Washington. Prior to his tenure at UMW, Prof. Sharpless was a research assistant professor of environmental chemistry at Duke University, and he has also conducted research as a visiting scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). His research deals with photochemistry in aquatic systems, particularly as it relates to the fate of contaminants, and it has been supported by awards from the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Virginia Academy of Science. Prof. Sharpless holds a PhD (1999) in analytical chemistry from Duke University and a BA (1989) in natural sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. At UMW, Prof. Sharpless teaches general, analytical, and environmental chemistry, supervises undergraduate research, and has been faculty advisor to many students. He has also served on the UMW Faculty Senate, University Budget Advisory Committee, Bachelor of Liberal Studies Committee, and four faculty search committees. He and his wife, Amanda Stebbins, reside in Fredericksburg and have two children who attend the Academy.

Joseph P. Amberger

Joe Amberger

Joe Amberger is the president and owner of Cavalier Fire Protection, Inc., a position he has held since 1998. Cavalier specializes in the design, installation, testing, and maintenance of commercial and residential fire sprinkler systems. He has over 28 years of experience in the fire protection industry in the United States and abroad. He holds a NICET Level III from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies. In December 2007 he purchased Lee’s Hill Golf Course with his brother-in-law, Jamie Loughan. They are the sole owners of A&L Golf Services, LLC and Lee’s Hill Golf Management, Inc. Joe and his wife Kellie have three daughters attending Fredericksburg Academy.

Mansour (Mojtaba) Azimipour

Mansour Azimipour has been president and CEO of A&K Development Corp. since 1988. A&K is a land acquisition, development, and residential building firm. Mansour is also president and CEO of Wilderness Land and Property Corp., a commercial construction and property management firm, and principal broker of A&K Realty. He received his MBA from Tehran University after studying in the UK for two years. Before immigrating to the United States in 1985, he was CFO of a large international trading company. Mansour established the Orange County Economic Development Group and also serves on the county's Tourism Advisory Commission. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Second Bank & Trust. Mansour and his wife Farzaneh have twin daughters who attend the Academy.

W. Joshua Cooper ‘06

Joshua Cooper

Joshua Cooper is a financial advisor at Cooper Financial Group of Raymond James. Joshua is a lifelong resident of the Fredericksburg area. After graduating from Fredericksburg Academy in 2006, Joshua attended the College of Charleston, where he majored in political science. Upon graduation he returned to the Fredericksburg area to begin work with his father at Cooper Financial Group of Raymond James. Joshua is a member of the College of Charleston Cougar Club as well as the 1770 Society. In Fredericksburg, he is involved in committee work for Ducks Unlimited and the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation. He also helps teach the Youth In Philanthropy(YIP) program at the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River region.

Jennifer L. DuPuy

Jennifer L. DuPuy

Jenny DuPuy is an active community leader and volunteer. Ms. DuPuy was one of the founding members of the "Explore It" children's museum, which started as a non-profit traveling museum for the greater Fredericksburg area and is now the Fredericksburg location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. She currently sits on their advisory board. She has volunteered on numerous committees to support the former Fredericksburg branch of Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and was very active on the past Fredericksburg Area Medical Auxiliary. Ms. DuPuy is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and Meredith College. She and her husband Dudley have two children at Fredericksburg Academy.

Janice R. Gage

Janice R. Gage

Janice Gage is a Financial Advisor with Cary Street Partners. She previously worked at Shearson Loeb Rhoades in Washington, DC, the Fredericksburg offices of Wheat First Securities, Legg Mason and Raymond James. A 20-year resident of Fredericksburg, she is a Charter Member of the Women and Girl's Fund, which comes under the direction of The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region. She and her husband Phil are regular supporters of The Mary Washington Hospital Foundation, Young Life and Fredericksburg Academy's Annual Auction. Ms. Gage attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. Their daughter, a 2008 FA alumna, is a graduate of The College of William and Mary.

Christopher D. Heinz

Christopher D. HeinzChristopher Heinz is a founding partner of GrossmanHeinz Public Affairs. He has worked for more than 25 years as a local, state, and congressional lobbyist, national union government affairs director, local union offical, and labor-management cooperation coordinator. His clients include national, regional, and local labor organizations, major construction companies, trade associations, transportation, food and health care companies. Mr. Heinz has worked in electoral and grass roots campaigns at the national, state, and local levels. His professional and community involvement includes: board member, Alexandria Seaport Foundation; past member, Council on Competitiveness National Innovation Initiative Strategy Council; and former chair and board member, Medford (Mass.) Housing Authority. Mr. Heinz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a Master of Science degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has three children; one is an FA student and one is an FA alumnus.

Karen O'Donnell

Karen O'Donnell

Karen O'Donnell is a former owner/manager of the Smoot Lumber Company in Alexandria, Virginia. After selling their business in 1995 and moving to Lake of the Woods, Karen was able to focus her energies on raising their children and community service. In her community she has served as President of the Lake of the Woods Auxiliary and Special Friends Liaison for Childhelp USA, President of the Lake Co-Op Preschool, and Chairman of the Youth Activities Committee. She served on the board of FA's Parent-Faculty Association from 2007-2012 as vice president for two years and president for three. She has chaired the Celebrate FA! Annual Party and Auction since 2013 and will continue as chair through this school year. She and her husband John have had two children at the Academy since kindergarten, a son who graduated in 2012 and a daughter in the Class of 2017.

Thomas J. Wack

Thomas J. WackTom Wack founded Wack General Contractor in 1992. With more than 25 years of commercial construction experience, he has delivered numerous multi-million-dollar projects in Virginia. Mr. Wack's reputation among owners and subcontractors is unequaled in the Fredericksburg marketplace. Whether he's in a client meeting or putting together the next large project, he continues to guide the direction and growth of the company. Tom holds a bachelor's degree in building construction from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Ann Sears, have a son who attends FA.

Brendan P. Walsh '00

Brendan Walsh is the Managing Partner of Mole Street, an experiential marketing and branding agency that specializes in building brand recognition through creative programming. Brendan is also a co-founder of Mole Street and started the firm in 2009. Brendan is a 2000 graduate of Fredericksburg Academy. Brendan attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where he still resides. In addition to being a serial entrepreneur, Brendan is also a local musician in Philadelphia and involved with many philanthropic causes.

Linda D. Worrell

Linda D. Worrell

Linda Worrell is CEO of Worrell Management Group, a business development and strategic planning consulting firm serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Her local clients include the University of Mary Washington, Mary Washington Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Hospital, the Silver Companies, local governments, private industry companies, and nonprofit organizations. She is a former developer and president of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. Linda is very active in regional and state civic and business organizations, including serving as vice chairman on the board of directors of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. She is also currently a Mary Washington Healthcare Board Citizen Member and a member of the Rappahannock United Way Board of Directors. She is past chairman of the board of the Rappahannock United Way, the Virginia United Way, the Salvation Army, and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. Linda served on the board of directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Fredericksburg Education Foundation, Germanna Community College, the Germanna College Foundation, and the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. She was a founding member of the Board of Governors of The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region. She is the recipient of the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award and the Women of Distinction Award for the National Girl Scouts.

School Administration

Karen Moschetto
Head of School

Patricia Estes
Head of Lower School

Anthony Durso
Head of Middle and Upper Schools

Marnie Schattgen
Office of Admission

J. Matthew Dawson
Director of Facilities and Operations

Eyal Fierst
Athletics Director

David Fischer
Middle and Upper Schools Dean of Students

Dee Hwang
Director of Advancement

Beth Newton
Director of Finance