Board Members


President Jack Pitzer is a retired agricultural journalist having worked for the National Future Farmers of American magazine. He and his wife Pat were 4-H Club leaders near Mt. Vernon in Fairfax County which involved their three sons, Mike, Matt and Mark. The boys showed their projects at the 4-H Fair and that got the family involved at Frying Pan Farm Park.  Jack worked on the staff of the National FFA Organization in Alexandria for many years. He and his wife Pat live in Hayfield Farm area of Alexandria on Telegraph Road where he heads up the local garden club.  He sings with the Alexandria Harmonizers barbershop chorus and serves on the Labor Day festival committee for his church. Jack has served on the Friends board for several years.


Ann Marlow, a native of Washington, DC, has been a long-standing member of the Friends
Board and serves as Vice President. Ann retired from Virginia Cooperative Extension in 2002 for which she served as a County Extension Agent for 30 years, working primarily with the 4-H Youth Program. Ann holds a B.S. degree in Clothing & Textiles from Virginia Tech. Volunteering is a way of life for her and she believes strongly in giving back. She enjoys spending time not only with the Frying Pan Farm Park Friends Board, but also volunteering on several Boards and committees of some other non-profit community organizations and with her church. Ann is an avid fan of Frying Pan Farm Park, with its rich farm history and equestrian and multi-faceted facilities for all ages to enjoy!


Anne Rust Pearson is a former Fairfax County park manager, having managed Frying Pan Farm Park in the early 1990’s, and Nottoway and Green Springs Parks prior to that.  She and her family have been involved in the U.S. Pony Club , and a number of other outdoor organizations, and have ridden and shown their horses extensively at the park.  Anne is an outdoor enthusiast and studied Environmental Science at Emory and Henry College in southwest Virginia. She is a local artist and shows her work at the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Occoquan, Virginia. She owns and operates a pet care company in northern Virginia. Anne has been a member of the Board and Friends Group since 2008.


Marion Scaffidi is a long time member of the board, past home economics teacher, and avid volunteer.

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Kristy Cartier grew up in Vienna walking and horseback riding on the W&OD near Wolftrap. She now resides in Herndon after obtaining agricultural economics degrees at Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee.

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Dick Hoffmann is freelance writer and editor. His early years were spent on a farm in Northwest Iowa that would probably have passed as organic and free range – had the terms then been in use. He enjoyed volunteering with an elderly farmer while in college. With his sons, Kerry and Louis, Dick explored the woods and fields at Frying Pan Farm Park. Being at Frying Pan brings back memories of plants, animals, and equipment. Currently his dog, Penny, has a marvelous time walking him at the park. In addition to serving on the Board, Dick is a volunteer tractor driver at Frying Pan.

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Betty Holman grew up on a farm.  She has always been interested in plants, animals, and history. Frying Pan Park is a perfect combination of all three.  Betty has volunteered at both Frying Pan Park and Sully Historic Site for over a decade.

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Leslie has served with the board since 2010.  She worked for George Mason University for 27 years as a business manager, IT strategist and retail manager.  She currently does business consulting, coaching and marketing for several non-profit and private clients.  An avid equestrian, she volunteers for the park and helps deliver the equestrian services.

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Nicole Stroud is an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP serving real estate and asset management clients.  She grew up on her grandfather’s farm in Pennsylvania and now resides in Vienna, VA.  Nicole joined the Frying Pan Farm Park Friends Board to give back to her local community and help preserve an example of farming history to share with the generations to come.  She enjoys bringing her two children to the Farm to see the animals and attend events.

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Dave Walters works in software development in the Northern Virginia area, and started on the Friends group board in 2016.  Dave and his wife Betsey brought their twin sons to the park many times when they were young, and now that they are older is happy to help sustain the mission of the park for future families.

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Margaret Wergley is a retired Fairfax County elementary school teacher, having worked as both a classroom teacher and School Based Technology Specialist.  Margaret is an avid equestrian.  Her first Arabian horse was purchased after being exhibited at an all-breed show at Frying Pan Farm Park in 1981.  Margaret has served on the Friends board for about six years.

Park Manager

Yvonne Johnson – Frying Pan Farm Park Manager.
From garden volunteer to program leader to Park Manager, Yvonne Johnson has worked at many of the jobs available at Frying Pan Farm Park over her 27 year career here. A self-proclaimed history and farm geek, loves that every day working at the park is completely different. She feels the greatest treasures the park has to offer are the dedicated staff and wonderful visitors.

Park Associate

Bonnie Ferguson Butler earned a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Biology and Psychology from Wofford College and a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Richmond. With graduation anticipated in December, 2017, she is a candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Writing from Western New Mexico University. Bonnie is a published biochemist and a professional artist and photographer, who handles marketing and development for the park and the Friends.