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 2018-2019
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 McNulty (President) - Jamie’s experience planning and executing large scale events and programs provide a sound foundation for the support she has given to The Fairfax Ballet for more than 10 years as (both) a Volunteer Coordinator and the Back of House Manager.
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 Bachelors of Science in Psychology from George Mason University and has gone on to earn her MBA from Regis University. In addition to her professional role, Jamie works for the Russell School of Ballet as office staff and has been a volunteer with her daughter’s school program for the past 6 years. Jamie joined The Fairfax Ballet Company Board in 2011 and took on the role of Vice-President in 2014 and President in 2015.
Carla Smith (Vice President) – Carla began her career as an electrical engineer in the Telecommunications industry after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. While working as an engineer, Carla continued to pursue her love of music by playing in various civic and religious orchestra settings. She also continued her education with a Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University. While working at her company as a Customer Operations Manager, this position allowed Carla to join the Board of The Fairfax Ballet as a Development Chair, focusing on grant writing and fundraising in 2013. When the position of Vice President opened in 2017, Carla readily stepped into that role, while maintaining her support as a grant writer.
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.