Fredericksburg Arts Commissioners


The Fredericksburg Arts Commission advises the City on policy and program development, oversees the grants and public art programs, advocates for the arts in Fredericksburg, and acts as a liaison between the arts community and the City. Arts Commission members are appointed by the City Council.

Members of the Commission serve for a term of four years, and shall be eligible for re-election after an absence of one (1) year.

Current commissioners are:

Kenneth Lecky, Chair

Kenneth Lecky, ChairKenneth Lecky, ChairKenneth Lecky has lived in Virginia all his life, and in the Fredericksburg area with his wife DD and their dogs since 2005. Kenneth studied engineering and music at the University of Virginia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science there in 2003. In 2013, Kenneth and DD purchased LibertyTown Arts Workshop, where you can find her pottery and his photography all of the time and them personally much of the time.


Jay Downey, Vice-Chair

Collette Caprara, Secretary


Collette Caprara, SecretaryCollette Caprara, SecretaryCollette Caprara earned a Bachelor’s Degree (summa cum laude) with a double major of Philosophy and English Literature from SUNY at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Before joining The Heritage Foundation in 2001, where she currently serves as an editor, Collette was a writer and editor at Bob Woodson’s National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise for ten years, documenting effective, neighborhood-based community revitalization initiatives. She and her husband, David L. Caprara, have one son, David Angelo, and have lived in Fredericksburg for 17 years. Her community activities include service as the editor of the Friends of the Rappahannock’s newsletter, writing for the Weekender section of the Free Lance-Star and The Front Porch, and membership in an artists' cooperative, the Brush Strokes Gallery. Samples of her works can be seen at

Sonja Wise, Treasurer

Steve Cameli

Steve Cameli graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Political Science. In 2006, with extensive restaurant experience, Steve opened The Sunken Well Tavern, a downtown Fredericksburg restaurant. Through the strength of his relationships with the Fredericksburg arts community, Steve has successfully incorporated local, public arts into his business. Steve believes that a prosperous downtown is directly correlated to a thriving arts community and hopes to bring these practices and relationships to the FAC. In addition, Steve has considerable event planning and cooridnation experience and hopes to further promote local arts in the Fredericksburg area. He lives downtown with his wife, Nicole, and their two dogs, Wyatt and Lou.


Preston Thayer

Preston ThayerPreston Thayer

Preston Thayer has been a resident of Fredericksburg since the mid-1990s. He was Director of Exhibition for the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts before beginning a peripatetic career as an art museum director and curator that sent him to Virginia, New Mexico, Florida, and Illinois. He lives with his wife Marjorie and their cat, Tupi.


Sophia Constantine

Sue Henderson

Sue HendersonSue Henderson

After service in the USAF as a Master Instructor of Electrical Systems Technology, Sue Henderson earned degrees in Music and Liberal Arts from Eastern Illinois University and began government service as a performing arts and recreation events planner overseas for 10 years. She and her husband “retired” from DOD and moved to the Fredericksburg area in 1995. Sue has extensive background as an arts events planner locally including contracted service for Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, FAC, Fredericksburg SPCA, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Friends of the Rappahannock. She spent 10 years as a Vocal Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and several years with Riverside Dinner Theater. Sue continues to perform periodically in the region.

Sue is the CEO of Henderson Productions as a professional photographer and fine artist with ties to FCCA, Sophia Street Studios and the Professional Artists of Stafford. She has studied under local artist Johnny Johnson for many years and regularly shows in the region. Sue is a regular photo contributor to Front Porch Fredericksburg as well as other regional periodicals. Her fine art and photography are showcased in several area businesses and restaurants including CCTV and the Grille at Leeland Station. For more information, visit her site at

Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw - Council Representative
Kerry Devine - Council Representative