Our Team

Carl Koons
General Manager

Mr. Koons is a Class A-1 PGA Golf Professional who has been with Fredericksburg Country Club since 1989. After attending Old Dominion University, Carl began his career as an apprentice in the PGA program at The Country Club of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. Under the direction of Melvin Rowe, the legendary club professional, he worked his way up to the position of first assistant. During this time, Carl also accepted the role of head coach for the George Mason University Division I golf team.

In 1989, Carl accepted the position as head golf professional at Fredericksburg Country Club. He is a member of the Titleist Club Professional Staff and is recognized as a certified club-fitter for both Titleist and Mizuno. Carl welcomed the additional responsibility as director of both golf and grounds in 2010. His skills acquired from nearly 30 years of dedication to the success of Fredericksburg Country Club prepared him to move into his most recent position as club general manager.

Carl and his wife Laural reside in Fredericksburg and have two adult daughters, AnnMarie and Callie.

Ben Welch
Assistant General Manager

Ben has been in hospitality since he was 15 years old. He started as a dishwasher and worked his way through the ranks from a dishwasher to executive chef to General Manager in mom and pop shops, corporate fast-paced restaurants, private clubs and boutique resorts.  

Ben has a true passion for food and beverage, as evidenced by his transition after 10 years in the kitchen to a management position in the front of house at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, VA. Ben worked from salad cook to Director of Food and Beverage at RTJ before venturing out to new establishments, with his ultimate goal to be the General Manager of a private club. Ben’s passions for food and knowledge are on display when he hosts wine dinners or other fine dining experiences.

Phoebe Geisler
Special Events Sales Director

Phoebe comes to the club with a passion to continue her career in wedding, catering and event planning. After graduating from Stafford High School she received her certificate in Wedding and Event Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. 

She is currently enrolled in a Corporate Event Planning course and plans to pursue continued education classes, focusing on events and general studies. Having been raised in the Fredericksburg area, and having worked at a local wedding venue, she brings with her knowledge of the area’s culture. 

Please feel free to contact her regarding any of your wedding, catering or event needs.

Ryan Moore

Chef Ryan Moore grew up in the countryside of Northern Virginia, learning many cooking techniques from his mother and grandmother at a young age. Ryan started in corporate restaurants but quickly found his calling in the fine dining atmosphere. After working in several Northern Virginia boutiques such as Goodstone Inn and Poplar Springs, Ryan decided to broaden his experience by venturing to San Diego, California, to learn from some of the best chefs.

He started work at Top Chef winner Richard Blais’ restaurant, Juniper and Ivy. Ryan stayed at Juniper and Ivy for just under two years before returning to Virginia. Ryan is an integral part of modernizing Fredericksburg Country Club’s food and beverage program.

Ron Barley, CGCS
Golf Course Superintendent

Ron is a GCSAA member with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and has held a certified status for well over 30 years. Fredericksburg Country Club is very fortunate to have Ron Barley, as only a select few have what it takes to keep pace with the education requirement of the association as a certified golf course superintendent and to stand the test of time in this very challenging business.

Our dedicated, hardworking crew of grounds maintenance employees work under the leadership and instruction of Ron, who became a certified golf course superintendent in 1983 and graduated from Mary Washington College in 1992. Ron continues to stay active in the education process by attending ongoing classes at Virginia Tech and the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America. Ron's advanced knowledge has now put him in the position of being one of the top superintendents in the Mid-Atlantic area and to help young superintendents through the certification process.

Ron is proud to be a part of all the improvements on our golf course, and is appreciative of the current Board and past Boards for allocating monies to the grounds department to continue improving the day-to-day maintenance. The Club's grounds staff includes an assistant superintendent and five full-time and four seasonal grounds employees. The assistant superintendent, Mark Jacobs, has been employed at the club since 1990. He was employed as the mechanic. After showing a desire to improve the course and to learn turf management, he was promoted to assistant superintendent in 2003.

Tim Wagner, PGA
Golf Professional

Prior to joining Fredericksburg Country Club, Tim served as the Head Golf Professional from 2014-2017 at Lake Naomi Club located in the Pocono Mountains. He has also worked in prominent PGA sections including South Florida, Metropolitan and Philadelphia. 

In 2016, Tim was nationally recognized as a Top 50 US Kids teacher by U.S. Kids Golf for overall excellence and commitment to serving the youth in community. Additionally Tim has an advanced certification in Golf Operations through the PGA's Certified Professional Program 2.0 which only 4% of the 27,000 PGA members have achieved.

Rob Light
Tennis Professional

Rob came to Fredericksburg Country Club in 2003, after serving two seasons as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. While at UNC-A, Rob was influential in helping guide the Bulldogs team to its first-ever Division 1 National Ranking. Before going to Asheville, Rob served as the Assistant Tennis Professional at the Roanoke Country Club. Rob taught for 5 years in Roanoke where several of his junior players went on to play tennis at the collegiate level.

Rob has enjoyed an extensive playing career. He was a four-year letterman at Hampden-Sydney College where he was a three-year captain. He finished his junior and senior years as second team all conference and was named team’s most outstanding player in those two years as well. Rob holds the highest level of professional certification through the United States Professional Tennis Registry. Rob is also a Master Racket Technician which is the highest honor given to any certified racket stringer in the United States Racket Stringers Association.

Outside the club, Rob has twice been selected to coach the Mid-Atlantic junior teams. In 2004, Rob coached the Boy's and Girl's Mid-Atlantic Zonals team in North Carolina, and in 2007 Rob was selected to coach the Girls’ 18 and under Mid-Atlantic Nationals team in California.

Chrissy Griffiths
Fitness Director

Chrissy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Mary Washington and is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor managing a team of fitness instructors. Fitness classes include Core Strength and Flexibility, various forms of Yoga including Hot Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Dance Aerobics, Pilates, Total Body Conditioning, Tabata, PITAIYO, Pilates and Zumba.

Chrissy is available for personal and small group training upon request. She also offers an independent training program where she first assesses the client's mobility and stability for golf, pinpointing any limitations that will affect swing; then forms a personalized training program that a client will conduct on his or her own with follow-ups every 4-6 weeks.

Chrissy also has the capability for 3D motion imaging for Kinematic sequence analysis to determine proper energy transfer from the body to the club; and 2D swing analysis to identify any of the 12 most common swing characteristics, as identified by the Titleist Performance Institute.

Jerri Galyen
Member Relations Director

Jerri has worked for the Fredericksburg Country Club in staff support and member relations since 1993.  She enjoys assisting members with requests and helping members stay informed on Club news and activities.

Jerri is a lifelong resident of Spotsylvania, graduating from Spotsylvania High School and Germanna Community College with an Associates Degree.  She took time off from work when her children were young and then returned to the business world in an entry level position in the FCC business office.  As the Club grew and advanced, duties were added to Jerri’s position to make it what it is today.

Joy Kerley
Accounts Payables & Receivables Manager

Joy has worked for the Fredericksburg Country Club for 26 years as the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Manager. Prior to coming to the Club, she worked as the Bookkeeper for Lake of the Woods Association for 10 years.

Growing up in a military family, Joy has lived on the east and west coast of the Unites States, including the island of Antigua. After graduating from Herndon High School in northern Virginia she attended Northern VA Community College, but did not graduate. In 2008, after taking several classes and working full-time at the Club, she finally graduated and received her Associates Degree in Business Management from Germanna Community College.

Joy lives in Orange County with her husband Jim. They enjoy playing golf on the weekends, and participate in various church activities. She has been the volunteer bookkeeper for her church for the past 6 years.