Board & Administration
- President Stephen G. Norair
- First Vice President Bradley A. Repp
- Second Vice President Linda D. Worrell
- Secretary Richard G. Harrison
- Treasurer Charles M. Sharpless
- Joseph P. Amberger
- Mansour (Mojtaba) Azimipour
- W. Joshua Cooper ‘06
- Jennifer L. DuPuy
- Janice R. Gage
- Christopher D. Heinz
- Michael A. Jacobson
- L. Nicole Jinier
- Diana L. Kolodgie
- Karen O'Donnell
- Xavier R. Richardson
- Tammy I. Sandy '01
- Thomas J. Wack
- Brendan P. Walsh '00
Stephen G. Norair, Esq., is CEO of Hazel Land Companies, Inc. and Hazel Homes, LLC. Mr. Norair joined Hazel Land Companies as General Counsel in 1998 and became CEO in 2007. 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 Bachelor of Arts from Denison University and a Juris Doctor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 in the past with 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 Gage is a Financial Advisor with Cary Street Partners. She previously worked at Shearson Loeb Rhoades in Washington, D.C., 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. Mrs. Gage attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. Their daughter, a 2008 FA alumna, is a graduate of The College of William and Mary.
Christopher Heinz is a founding partner of Grossman Heinz Public Affairs. He has worked for more than 25 years as a local, state, and congressional lobbyist, national union government affairs director, local union official, 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.
Mike Jacobson is the Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of Chem-Dry of Stafford. Chem-Dry is the world’s largest carpet, upholstery and tile cleaning company with over 4,000 franchises in 52 countries. Mike is a United States Marine Corps combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion in 2012. Mike’s military area of expertise is geospatial intelligence and analysis. Mike still serves in the Marine Corps Inactive Ready Reserve with 11 years of service. Mike has also held both government contractor and federal civilian positions at the Army Night Vision Lab on Ft. Belvoir and Marine Corps Intelligence Activity aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Strayer University. He and his wife, Sara, have a daughter who started at Fredericksburg Academy in Kindergarten and will graduate in the class of 2026.
Nicole Jinier is the CEO and Co-Owner of Paragon Autism Services, an agency that provides intensive ABA therapy to individuals diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. Nicole is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. She has been working in the field of autism since 2005 and holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree, with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, as well as a certificate in Autism Education. Nicole has taught courses at the undergraduate level in Child Development and Education and has a wide range of experiences in education and educational advocacy. Nicole currently serves as the President for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia. She and her husband Matthew have one daughter who has been attending Fredericksburg Academy since 2013.
Diana Kolodgie is the Head of the Mission Engineering and Future Concepts Branch at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division providing technical and programmatic leadership over requirements engineering, architecture definition, and concepts of integration for future capabilities. Diana has a proven leadership record for workforce development and continuous process improvement, pioneering efforts across organizational boundaries to execute corporate and department initiatives. Diana graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Mary Washington in 2003 and a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2008. Through her personal dedication to promote leadership and confidence in girls, Diana started and continues to lead a Girl Scout troop in the FA Lower School. She serves as a Celebrate FA! Auction committee volunteer. Diana and her husband, Shawn, have a daughter attending Fredericksburg Academy.
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, 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 finished her last year as chair this past 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 who just graduated as a member of the Class of 2017.
Xavier R. Richardson, a native of Fredericksburg, joined Mary Washington Healthcare in September 1997 and currently serves as the executive vice president, Corporate Development and Community Affairs, for Mary Washington. In this capacity, he also serves as president of Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital Foundations.
Mr. Richardson, a 1975 graduate of James Monroe High School, holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School where he was awarded the General Motors Fellowship for second-year studies. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a National Achievement Scholar. He is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Saint Paul’s College.
As executive vice president for Corporate Development and Community Affairs, Mr. Richardson is responsible for managing fundraising, assisting with grant-making efforts for community organizations, community benefit programs and services, legislative and community affairs, and long-term strategic development of all programs within this division. He oversees the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation, Stafford Hospital Foundation and Mary Washington Healthcare Community Programs and continues to develop legislative affairs.
Prior to joining Mary Washington Healthcare, Mr. Richardson served as an assistant director of the U.S. General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities there included identifying issues, events and trends to be evaluated for financial markets and federal human resource management. He also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee to examine campaign finance reform issues and managed the Combined Federal Campaign for three federal agencies, a fundraising project that raised more than $1 million in contributions.
When Tammy's family moved to the Fredericksburg area from Falls Church, VA, they quickly discovered that the public education available was not what Tammy needed. She joined Fredericksburg Academy shortly after the beginning of the school year for 6th-grade, and graduated in 2001 as part of the first class to be double-digits. Tammy attended the University of Virginia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Directly after graduation, she was hired by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics as a specialist in Hematology and Urinalysis. Tammy is currently employed by Johnson & Johnson and works with ophthalmic lasers. She is the owner of four cats and two dogs, the oldest dog being a grand champion show dog.
Tom 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 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.
Head of School
Head of Lower School
Head of Middle and Upper Schools
Director of Enrollment Management
J. Matthew Dawson
Director of Facilities and Operations
Middle and Upper Schools Dean of Students
Director of Advancement
Director of Auxiliary Programs
Director of Finance