| Carl KoonsGeneral 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 WelchAssistant 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.
| Amy Rapaport-CarperDirector of Marketing, Events & Catering|
Amy Rapaport-Carper was born and raised in Roswell, GA, just 30 minutes north of Atlanta. A horse enthusiast since age 6, she bloomed into a successful competitive rider. This passion paved the way to a spot on the University of Louisville Equestrian Team where she majored in Business and Equine Administration.
Amy, known in her peer group as "the planner", did not realize she could make a career out of her savvy skill set until she moved to Nashville in 2015. In Nashville, Amy gained experience working with several venues. The focus of her talents went to creating and designing a variety of corporate and social events. However, Amy quickly discovered her desire to support and aid a couple, in creating their vision for their special day, was paramount. For Amy, seeing everything come together became her passion.
In March of 2019, Amy moved to Locust Grove, VA to be closer to family. She is excited to be bringing her experience and ideas to Fredericksburg and cannot wait to be a part of your journey!
| Ryan MooreExecutive Chef|
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.
| Jerome DodsonGolf Course Superintendent|
Jerome joined the TEAM at Fredericksburg Country Club in 2020. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1988 with degrees in Turfgrass Management and Horticulture. He started playing golf in 1979 and his love of the game grew into a passion for the golf course and turfgrass, and presentation of the golf facility. Jerome’s professional experience not only includes maintenance operations, but also construction and grow-in. While he spent most of his career in the Mid-Atlantic transition zone, his resume includes golf courses from Maine to Louisiana.
During 1999 to 2005, Jerome was involved in his most beloved projects to date—building both The First Tee Chesterfield and The First Tee Richmond facilities. His work on these ventures with The First Tee of Greater Richmond organization earned him the Distinguished Service Award, presented by Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association, in 2000.
Jerome and his wife, Kristi, look forward to their time in Fredericksburg and being part of the Fredericksburg Country Club family.
|Interviews are being conducted for Head PGA Golf Professional.|
| Rob LightTennis 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 GriffithsFitness 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.
| Daniel OatsMassage Therapist|
| Jerri GalyenMember 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 KerleyAccounts 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.
| Robbie BennettAcct. Receivable|
| Christine GrontasFront of House Manager|
| Robbin MuellerFront of House Manager|