Executive Board & Officers
The Fairfax Ballet Company is a volunteer-based board with only the Executive Director and the Artistic Director receiving monetary compensation. There are no employees of the Company.
The Fairfax Ballet Company
Executive Board 2020-2021
Meet Our Executive Board:
Andrea Cook (Artistic Director) – Andrea, a Fairfax County native, and Chantilly High School alum, is currently the Academy Administrator at the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts, after directing the dance program for nine years. After receiving her BFA in Dance Performance, with a concentration in jazz from Point Park University, Andrea moved to New York City to pursue dance performance and teaching opportunities. During her time in New York City, she danced with PushFactor Dance Company and Undertoe Dance Project worked for the New York International Ballet Competition and taught dance classes at the New York Kids Club. She also served on the faculty of and was a judge for, DanzJam Conventions in the New England area. Her work has been featured in numerous companies and as part of choreography festivals in Pittsburgh, New York City, and the Washington, D.C. area, in addition to local theatre companies. She has had the privilege of working with dancers at various youth companies, including setting both ballet and contemporary works for the Fairfax Ballet.
Karla Petry (Executive Director) – Karla became the Executive Director of The Fairfax Ballet Company in 2011. In her youth, she attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for many summers and worked in professional theaters in Michigan and South Carolina. Karla has worked as a costumer in Hollywood, California; South Carolina, and the various Ballet companies where her children studied dance. Karla has a working knowledge of lighting, backstage operations, stage-craft, and business operations and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University for Recreation and Youth Leadership. She gained leadership experience through her service on a number of Air Force Officers’ Spouses Club Boards as President, Ways and Means, and Financial Chairperson.
Sue Martin (President) - Sue has earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in biology & psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. After a dozen years of working for Accenture as a Human Performance Design, Development & Communications Consultant, she left to stay home with her three children. Sue has held a number of leadership positions on PTO Boards, Community HOA Boards and serving on the National Charity League Board of Directors. Since 2010, Sue has enjoyed helping out backstage with all aspects of performances. When the position of President of the Fairfax Ballet Company became available, Sue was excited about the new opportunity and took the position in 2020.
Eli Rainhart (Vice President) – In 2019 Eli became a Co-Director of Kidpower Virginia, a local center of the international non-profit Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International. She is also a certified instructor with Kidpower Virginia and teaches personal safety skills to people of all ages. She has a professional background in public health, working in county health departments. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Zoology and Anthropology from Colorado State University and then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Public Health—Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. Eli has been an active volunteer in her daughters’ schools, her church, and community organizations. She has served in a leadership capacity within most of these volunteer opportunities. Eli joined The Fairfax Ballet Company Board in February 2020, but volunteered with this organization for the 3.5 years leading up to this role.
Lynn McElhaney (Secretary) – Lynn has more than 30 years experience in Human Resources and Business Leadership that includes experience in Accounting, Human Resources Management, Facilities Management, Documentation, and Contract Administration. She spent over 8 years providing full life cycle accounting for a government contractor and currently works as a Sr. HR Generalist for a government contractor. She holds both the Senior Professional in Human Resources and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional Certificates from nationally recognized HRCI and SHRM.
Mary Yee (Treasurer) – Mary has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology from Hollins University and a Master of Health Care Administration degree from Marymount University. She left a career at MedStar Research Institute after her first child was born. She has held a variety of leadership positions on PTA Boards, in her neighborhood community, and her church. She joined the Executive Board of The Fairfax Ballet in 2014, as Secretary. When the position became available, she took over the Treasurer position in 2017.