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.

Michael Gillies, 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 fa1mily and coaching youth baseball. 

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.

Angel Woodcock, 2nd Vice President

Angel Woodcock is the Practice Manager at Yount Hyde & Barbour in Central Park. Prior to joining the family business, she worked in the human resources departments of several large international non-profits focused on youth and education. Angel began her career working on political campaigns as a community organizer.

Angel received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. A native Pennsylvanian, she lived in California and Washington, DC before settling in Virginia. She now lives in Stafford with her husband Michael, two children and two crazy Border Collies.

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.

Clint Manning, Secretary

Clint Manning was born and raised in Barbados before earning a scholarship to play NCAA tennis at Limestone College in South Carolina. There, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and sport management, followed by a Master of Education in marketing and sports administration from the University of Miami. Upon completing his degrees, he returned to Barbados where he worked in the tourism industry for a couple of years before starting his own company, learning Portuguese, and moving to Brazil. After an almost-four-year stint in South America’s largest country, he moved to Fredericksburg in late 2015 to be with his now-wife and developed such a love for the City that it saw him join the Department of Economic Development & Tourism. Due to his sports and events background, he recently switched departments to join the City’s Parks, Recreation & Events team.

Clint lives in Fredericksburg with his wife, son, four-legged daughters (two border collies), and has another child on the way. In addition to his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Clint is also a member of the Rappahannock Rotary (Satellite) Club.

Heather Hagerman, Past 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.

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.


Orlando Ashworth, AARP

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

Margo Frazier, Atlantic Union Bank

Debra Harber, University of Mary Washington - Retired

Paige Honaker, Fredericksburg Nationals

Natasha Holloway, NSWCDD

Sabrina Johnson, University of Mary Washington

Fred Wheeler, Retired