Board of Directors


Leading Us In the Right Direction

The Board of Directors and Staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters are a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals who are willing to do whatever it takes to ignite the power and promise of youth.

HEATHER HAGERMAN, PRESIDENT

Heather Hagerman is a Senior Sales Associate for Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite and is an International Diamond Society and Emerald Club Member. She has been awarded as a Northern Virginia Top Realtor and a People's Choice Realtor in the Free Lance Star.  A native Virginian, Heather began her real estate career in Southern California before returning to the Fredericksburg area.  Prior to the start of her real estate career, Heather owned a successful marketing and advertising company. She assisted businesses with introducing new products, managing their branding efforts, creating compelling campaigns and conducting research.

Heather received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from NC State.  Her other community volunteer roles include appointment to the Stafford Economic Authority and as a founding member of Go Red, American Heart Association.  Heather lives in Fredericksburg with her husband Tom Falkenberg and her son Luc.

Debra Levy, 1st Vice President

Debra Levy is founder and CEO of Key Media & Research, a 27 year old marketing and information services company located in North Stafford, VA. Deb has more than 30 years of experience in not-for-profit management, marketing and research. Her company is involved in print and digital publications, social media, video, not-for-profit management and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Math from the University of New York at Albany and was originally planning to be a Math teacher before she got involved in the student newspaper and communications. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern New Hampshire and lives with her husband and very old beloved dog Danni in Stafford.

Michael Gillies, 2nd Vice President

Co-Owner and Team Leader - The Gillies Team, RE/MAX Real Estate Connections

Michael is a 2nd generation REALTOR and operates The Gillies Team, the residential real estate company started by his family 15 years ago.  Michael has been awarded the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award for career achievement and is a multiple-time recipient of RE/MAX’s top annual sales award, The Diamond Club recognizing him as one of the top REALTORS in Virginia.  

Michael received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia where he experienced the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for the first time as a Big Brother in the Charlottesville community.  He began his career as a wholesale mortgage banker prior to joining the family business.  Michael lives in Stafford with his wife Kristel and two children, Britton & Clara.  Outside of work Michael enjoys boating with his family and coaching youth baseball. 

Daniel Pierson, Treasurer

Mary Washington Healthcare

Danny was born and raised in Fredericksburg and is a graduate of James Monroe High School.  After high school he obtained his B.S. from James Madison University with a major in Health Services Administration and a minor in Business.  Upon graduation he has worked in a variety of health care settings including health care consulting and work in the non-profit sector with organizations including Carilion Health Clinic and the United Network for Organ Sharing.  He moved back to Fredericksburg for a career with Mary Washington Healthcare where he is currently Manager of Payor Performance and Reimbursement.  In his free time, he is pursuing his MBA and enjoys spending time outdoors, coaching his kid's soccer teams, and assisting with his sons' scouting activities.  He was exposed to Big Brothers Big Sisters at an early age since his dad was a Big Brother and resides in downtown Fredericksburg with his wife, Anne, two boys, Luke and Nick, and a daughter, Mary Claire.

Angel Woodcock, Secretary

Michelle Hedrich, Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Fredericksburg

Michelle Hedrich joined the staff in 2011. A Maine native, Michelle has extensive nonprofit management expertise having served as the Executive Director of the Southern Maine Community College Foundation, as President of the Junior League of Portland Maine and as an administrator at the American Psychological Association. Youth development has been the central focus of her employment and community leadership positions.

As the Chair of the School Board in Portland Maine, she served as a leader overseeing Maine’s largest and most diverse school system. An active community volunteer, she has served on over 30 boards and committees and is currently a member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia and on the Leadership Team of the Community Collaborative for Youth & Families.

Michelle graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Management. She received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University.  Michelle is a member of the Class of 2017 of the Leadership Fredericksburg program of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

DIRECTORS

Catherine Moss, Past President,  Naval Surface Warfare Center

Jackie Baker, Atlantic Union Bank

Landon C. Davis, III, Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC

Erik Jilson, Booz Allen Hamilton

Sabrina Johnson, University of Mary Washington

Clint Manning, City of Fredericksburg

Ronald Utt, Writer