Area: Leadership

Chip Bishop
Name: Chip Bishop
Title: Athletic Director
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3549

Mr. Bishop holds a B.A. from UNC-Pembroke and an M.A. from Campbell University.  Chip oversees all athletic teams and the entire athletic program grades 7-12.  He has served the Academy since 1982 and has been an educator since 1974.

Name: Sonya Bruffey
Title: Director of Alumni Relations & Publications
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3312

Prior to her employment in 2000, Ms. Bruffey was a member of the Board of Trustees, chaired the Auction and Grand Garage Sale, served as treasurer of the Eagle club, and volunteered in the school store.

Name: Dawn Burt
Title: Head of Lower School
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3322

Mrs. Burt holds a Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies. She was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Upchurch Elementary in 2004 and was a member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Fraternity.  Dawn has been an educator since 2000 and has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten at the academy since 2011.

Pam Darden
Name: Pam Darden
Title: Director of College Counseling
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3305

Mrs. Darden holds a BA in Sociology from Meredith College.  She also has her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Campbell University.  Mrs. Darden has served the Academy since 2013 and was a counselor for Cumberland County schools from 1988-2013.

Sue Holden
Name: Sue Holden
Title: Director of Finance and Operations
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3310

Mrs. Holden holds B.A.’s from Methodist University and UNC-Pembroke and an M.A. from Fayetteville State University.  Sue oversees all Business related matters including Financial Aid.  She has served the Academy since 1978.

Name: Barbara Lambert (FA ’76)
Title: Director of Admission
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3311

Ms. Lambert holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Barbara oversees the admission office for grades pk-12.  She has served the Academy since 1983.

Ray Quesnel
Name: Ray Quesnel
Title: Head of School
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3303

Ray Quesnel is the Head of School. He has served in that role since his appointment in 2012. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1989 with a degree in mathematics. He has worked in two other independent schools in North Carolina since then. His prior positions held include Assistant Headmaster, Academic Dean, Athletic Director, Upper School math teacher, and coach. Mr. Quesnel and his wife, Wendy, have two grown children, Kelly and Jonathan.

Virginia Satisky
Name: Virginia Satisky
Title: Head of Middle School
Phone: 910-868-5131 x. 3321

Mrs. Satisky holds a B.S. from East Carolina University and an M.A. from Fayetteville State University. Virginia is the Head of the Middle School and teaches Science 6. She has served the Academy since 1975.

Name: David Tisdale
Title: Director of Academic Technology
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3317

Mr. Tisdale holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from East Carolina University.  He has worked as an Information Technology (IT) consultant for clients such as Centura Bank and Microsoft.  Mr. Tisdale also worked as a programmer and Operations Manager for a company who hosted Blackboard and other Course Management Systems (CMS) for colleges across the country and as a Business Analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC.  Mr. Tisdale, a native of Fayetteville, is married to Karen and has three children Dawson, Jackson, and Callie.

Name: Rob Weel
Title: Director of Facilities
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3561

Mr. Weel holds an Associate in Technology from Pierce Community College in Washington and is currently working on a B.S. in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University. He is the Director of Facilities and Grounds and is a Certified Professional Maintenance Manager attaining his certification from the Association for Facilities Engineering. He has served the Academy since 2015. Mr. Weel is married to Michelle and has a daughter Anna and son Robert who is an Upper School student at Fayetteville Academy.

Name: Andrew "Drew" Wright
Title: Head of Upper School
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3320

Mr. Wright served as the Director of Behavior and Technology and as Co-Head of School at the Acceleration Middle School, a charter school located in Fort Myers, Florida.  Mr. Wright’s thirteen-year career in education also includes positions as a teacher, Director of Technology, Middle School Dean of Students, Director of Upper School Programs and Student Life, and as a Special Education Crisis Manager.  Mr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education and a Master of Arts in Child Psychology.


He has a strong commitment towards maintaining a healthy school environment in which students are able to succeed, in addition to providing students with the opportunities to experience a variety of successes.  Those are the qualities of establishing a great educational experience for Upper School students.