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 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.

First Vice President 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.

Second Vice President L. Nicole Jinier

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.

Treasurer Sean J. Haynes

 Sean Haynes headshot President, Rappahannock Development Group

Secretary Diana L. Kolodgie

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.

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.

Christopher D. Heinz

Christopher D. HeinzChristopher 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.

Michael A. Jacobson

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.

Charles W. Payne, Jr.

Charlie Payne

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

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.

Tammy I. Sandy '01

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.

School Administration

Karen Moschetto
Head of School

Patricia Estes
Head of Lower School

David Fischer
Head of Middle School

Anthony Durso
Head of Upper School

J. Matthew Dawson
Director of Facilities and Operations

Eyal Fierst
Athletic Director

Dee Hwang
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing

Beth Newton
Director of Finance

Marnie Schattgen
Director of Admission

Christopher Stec
Director of Auxiliary Programs