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 2022-2023
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.
Jamie L McNulty (President) - Jamie has been an Executive Assistant in the government contracting industry, as well as the private sector, for more than 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from George Mason University and her MBA from Regis University. In addition to her professional role, Jamie has worked for the Russell School of Ballet as office staff and volunteered with her daughter’s school programs for six years. Jamie’s experience planning and executing large-scale events and programs provides a solid foundation for the support she has provided to The Fairfax Ballet Company for more than 15 years. She has simultaneously managed the roles of Volunteer Coordinator and Back of House Manager. Jamie joined the Fairfax Ballet Company Board in 2011, and took on the role of Vice President in 2014. She served as President from 2015 to 2020. After a brief hiatus, she has returned to serve another term from 2021 through 2024.
Cathleen Karlsson (Vice President) - Ms. Karlsson is the Content Strategist for SpouseLink and the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA). She has been part of the Marketing team since December 2015. During that time, she has developed and managed content creation for the SpouseLink website and social channels, and has participated in the review of content on the AAFMAA website and additional print and online media. Ms. Karlsson earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Writing (Fiction) from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. Throughout her four years on campus, she was a Staff Writer and the Assistant Arts & Entertainment editor for “The Pitt News” student newspaper, as well as a performing member of, choreographer for, and member of the board representing the Pitt Dance Ensemble. Her studies included theater production, performer interviews, and costumery. Since 2012, she has been a member of the board for The Fairfax Ballet Company and is currently serving as Vice President of the Board – her second time elected to that position during her tenure. Additionally, she is the Marketing Chair and produces all promotional materials for the Company and the Russell School of Ballet. Ms. Karlsson performs annually in the Company’s full-length production of The Nutcracker.
Ashley DeSesso (Secretary) – Bio Coming Soon
Emily Petry (Treasurer) – Bio Coming Soon