Board & Administration
- President Joseph P. Amberger
- First Vice President L. Nicole Jinier
- Second Vice President Diana L. Kolodgie
- Treasurer W. Joshua Cooper ‘06
- (Past President) Secretary Thomas J. Wack
- Dustin D. Clements
- Christopher D. Heinz
- Michael A. Jacobson
- Patrick R. Marek
- Dr. Christopher D. Newman
- Charles W. Payne, Jr.
- Xavier R. Richardson
- Tammy I. Sandy '01
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 33 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.
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 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.
After graduating from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2010, Josh returned to his hometown and joined his father at the Cooper Financial Group of Raymond James.
Josh and his team work diligently with their clients around the country to identify their unique goals, concerns and situation, and then create a financial plan for pursuing their long-term objectives. Josh and his team are focused on developing lasting relationships with clients centered around exceptional client service and a disciplined approach to investing.
Actively involved in the communities he holds dear, Josh was recently elected to serve a three year term on the College of Charleston Dean’s Council. Josh is a 3 term member of the board of trustees of Fredericksburg Academy and a former board member and finance committee chair for The Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, he enjoys volunteering with The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region and also serves as a mentor for students at the VCU School of Business.
Josh and his wife Elly live in Richmond, VA with their son Henry and dogs, George and Lola. Outside of the office Josh enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, cooking, and traveling.
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.
Mr. Clements is an employee of the U.S Department of Defense and currently serves as the Missile Defense Agency Product Manager for the development and sustainment of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (ABMD) systems. He is responsible for the strategic planning, contract execution, and financial management of the software and hardware development/sustainment for the ABMD system of systems. (2003-present)
Mr. Clements holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Project Management from Liberty University, as well as Program Management Level III Certification from the Defense Acquisition University.
Mr. Clements served 9 years in the U.S. Navy as an Aegis weapon system technician and honorably completed his commitment in 2003 as a Chief Petty Officer. (1994-2003)
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.
Patrick Marek is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Virginia native. He has 17 years of experience providing financial analysis, accounting, assurance, and taxation services to businesses, individuals and government entities. He is a founding Partner of Marek and Associates an accounting and business consulting firm and presently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Reston Hospital, a 237 bed level II trauma center. His professional areas of business expertise include healthcare and non-profit organizations. Patrick has a passion for developing sound financial systems that translate into actionable, tangible benefits for clients, patients, and employees.
He and his wife Kimberly have been together for 20 years and have two sons, Connor (7th) and Collin (2nd). Both boys have attended Fredericksburg Academy since Pre-Kindergarten. The Marek family resides in Stafford Virginia with their two rescue dogs.
Christopher D. Newman MD, MBA is a Senior Vice President, System Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) in Fredericksburg, Virginia. MWHC is a fully integrated, regional not-for-profit medical system that provides emergency, inpatient, and outpatient care through more than 40 facilities in the greater Fredericksburg region. MWHC operates two hospitals, Mary Washington Hospital, a 471-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community hospital. MWHC employs over 4,000 people and has over 800 providers on its medical staff.
Newman is also an active member of The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and has recently been appointed to chair the State’s Chief Medical Officer Committee and participate on The Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID Vaccine Taskforce.
Newman received his undergraduate degree from The University of Scranton and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business where he graduated with honors and received the executive faculty award.
As a Board-Certified Internist, Dr. Newman has over 19 years clinical experience in primary care, hospital medicine and post-acute care.
Prior to joining MWHC, Newman served as the Chief Medical Officer for Penn State Health St. Joseph Regional Health Network and led the operations of Penn State Health’s Medical Group in the Berks Region.
He currently serves on the Board of Saint Francis Ministries, an international non-for-profit that works with state and international governments around issues of poverty, at risk youth, sex and labor trafficking, behavioral health challenges and substance abuse. He has recently been appointed to the Board Finance Committee.
Newman is an accomplished musician having performed professionally throughout the country with numerous classical, jazz, blues and rock groups since he was a teen. He is the proud father of four children; fraternal twins, Miles and Lucy (age 11) and identical twins, Lily and Molly age (age 8). His wife, Heather, is a practicing neuroradiologist who recently joined the medical staff of Mary Washington Health.
A native of the Fredericksburg area, Charlie prides himself on the business development services he provides to the region. His practice areas include corporate and general business law, zoning and land use, commercial real estate, and federal and state government relations. He routinely represents businesses of all sizes, commercial real estate developers, contractors, not-for-profit foundations, cooperatives, medical practitioners and economic development authorities.
Charlie is also the former general counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and adjunct Professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Named to "Legal Elite" (Real Estate/Land Use), Virginia Business, 2009-2018
Named "Up and Coming Lawyer," Real Estate, Southern Virginia, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013
Former General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the United States Small Business Administration
Xavier R. Richardson | Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Mary Washington Healthcare and President of Mary Washington Hospital Foundation & Stafford Hospital Foundation
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.
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Head of Middle School
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Director of Development
Director of Facilities
Director of Finance
Director of Admission
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