Board of Directors

President

Judy Hansen

Judy Hansen, a longtime member of the Fredericksburg Sister City Association, has served as secretary and president of the organization as well as chaperone and host for participants in the exchange program with Frejus.  She has a B.A. in French from Westhampton College (Univ. of Richmond) and an M.A.T. in English from Duke University.  She began her teaching career in Richmond, Va. as a French teacher in the elementary language program and taught in Norfolk and Durham, N.C. before moving to Fredericksburg.  During 30+ years with the Fredericksburg City Public Schools, she taught both English and French at James Monroe High School; was instrumental in instituting an exploratory language program at Walker-Grant Middle School; and taught a class in which JM students taught French to elementary students at Hugh Mercer.  Retired since 2000, she remains active in the community and in the Sister City program.

1st Vice President

Kristin Moeller

Kristin Moeller, 1st Vice President, is serving her first term on the board leading the student exchange program. Kristin began studying the French language and culture when she was 12, going on to receive a minor in French from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since becoming a member the Sister City Association, Kristin has hosted and traveled to France through the exchange program. She has assisted with past exchanges in planning and chaperoning various events.

2nd Vice President

Roy Kissinger

Roy H. Kissinger, 2nd Vice President, in charge of membership, has been with the Fredericksburg Sister City Association, Inc. for several years. Mr. Kissinger holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and further graduate work toward a PhD. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Mr. Kissinger has held technical and scientific research positions in private industry and retired from the United States Government in 2004 as a Group Chief with responsibility for multi-million dollar budgets. He has resided in Fredericksburg since retiring and has been a member of the Fredericksburg Sister City Association, Inc. since 2007.

Secretary

Cathy Herndon

Cathy Herndon, secretary, is a retired art teacher with a long and distinguished career in local schools. She continues to have an active art life, participating in numerous arts groups and frequently debuting new works. Cathy is a long-time member of Sister City, and maintains close relationships with many Fréjus Sister City participants. She has been to France many times, and hosts adults, as well as serves as chaperone/host on numerous trips and excursions. Cathy was awarded the Virginia Middle School Art Teacher of the Year, and has received numerous grants for study and arts production, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan, and a Virginia Commission for the Arts grant to produce art in France. She continues to advise and support Sister City activities.

Treasurer

Steve Beauch

 

Historian

Wilbur Brown

Wilbur Brown, long-time Sister City member, serves as historian. Wilbur works as the Process Computer Control Engineer for the Department of Environmental Services Division for the Arlington County Water Pollution Control Facility. Wilbur is a native from the Fredericksburg area. He holds a BS degree from North Carolina Central University in Biology. Wilbur has served on several boards, Virginia Water Environment Association, and Harambee 360 Experimental Theatre, Inc. and was past board member of Fredericksburg Sister City (Ghana). He and his family have hosted student exchange guests from Fréjus. He has served as on the board as Treasurer, Membership chair and currently the publicity/historian. Wilbur is Sister City’s traditional bartender/wine steward, and also photographs Sister City events to document the activities of the association.

University of Mary Washington Liaison, Public Relations

Dr. Craig Vasey

Craig Vasey, board member, serves as liaison with the University of Mary Washington. Chair of the Department of Classics, Religion, and Philosophy at UMW, Dr. Vasey holds a doctorate in philosophy from Brown University and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Paris-Nanterre. Dr. Vasey serves on the board of several academic societies, has published numerous academic works, and also is active in local civic life, especially in the areas of religious freedom and racial understanding. He has been awarded several academic honors, including the University’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has coordinated programs for several visiting scholars from France, hosting talks and conferences at UMW in coordination with Sister City.

City of Fredericksburg Liaison, Sports Exchange

Dr. Robert Antozzi

Bob Antozzi is past Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fredericksburg. He holds a doctorate in Education from VPI & SU, and also holds professional accreditation from the National Recreation and Parks Association. He serves as liaison for Sister City with the City of Fredericksburg, and has served on Sister City board for many years. Bob has orchestrated the exchange of several sports teams, including several visits from basketball groups from Fréjus, and chairs the committee for sports exchanges for Sister City.

Immediate Past President

Bill Beck

Bill Beck, served from 2000-2004 as mayor of Fredericksburg. He has been a full time self-employed antiques dealer for 40 years. He has sold important objects to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, The Jamestown Yorktown Foundation, The Valentine Museum, Colonial Williamsburg and numerous private collectors. He is a lifelong Fredericksburg resident and product of the City’s public schools. He has served on the boards of a number of community organizations including the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board, Our Town Fredericksburg (the Main Street organization) The Downtown Merchants Association, Historic Fredericksburg Foundation (4 years as president), The Preservation Alliance of Virginia, and The Fredericksburg Committee for The Virginia Statute For Religious Freedom. Besides the FSCA he is also currently on the board of the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center.

Audio/Visual

Davy Jennings

Davy Jennings owns BonAventure Studios, a video production company, and has a life-long interest in France and travel. Davy frequently videos Sister City events, and participates in hosting French visitors as well as traveling to France. Davy holds a degree from University of Mary Washington in music and has for many years played in local popular music groups in the Fredericksburg area. He also has a strong interest in classical organ, and composes for the instrument. Most recently, he has published The Kansas Gospels, a novel about four brothers in the Old West, listed on Amazon.

Fundraising

Kathryn R. Willis

Kathryn Willis has worked in public relations for the University of Mary Washington and as communications officer for the Foundation of the National Education Association. She holds a B.A. in French and Art History, an M.A. English, and advanced certification in Public Relations from George Washington University. She has served on several boards, including Virginians for the Arts, which is the advocacy and education arm associated with the Virginia Commission for the Arts; the Steering Committee for the first Governor’s Awards for the Arts, and the founding committee of the Virginia Association of State Arts Agencies (VALAA). Past board memberships include Fredericksburg Sister City Association and Virginia Press Women. She currently teaches college composition at Germanna Community College.

Website

Thomas Baer

Thomas Baer joined the Fredericksburg Sitter City Association in 2018, and assumed the responsibilities for the management of the association’s website. Thomas has resided in Fredericksburg since 1997. He and his family have hosted student exchange guests from Fréjus, and his son Caleb, travelled to Fréjus as and exchanged during the summer of 2017. Thomas is looking forward in contributing towards the association’s objectives, by maintaining and enhancing the group’s website.