Current Staff Members:

Aimee Mestler

Executive Director
Aimee has been involved in CYT Fredericksburg since 2014 when her older daughter discovered her passion for theater and dance. Aimee is married to her husband of 23 years and has 2 daughters. She has a double degree in Elementary Education/Special Education from Elon University and experience in non-profit administration. She is thrilled to begin a new season as Executive Director after being a parent volunteer and HYPE Advisor for the last 8 years.

Krista McKinley

Business Manager
Krista has been involved with CYT Fredericksburg in many ways as a parent volunteer for the last 5 years while her kids have been in productions. She is happy to be on staff now and excited to be a part of such an amazing organization that has played such an important part in the lives of so many kids, including her own. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason and a master’s degree in Counseling from Virginia Tech. She has worked for other non-profits in the area, both as a Program Supervisor at Northern Virginia Family Service and as a Children’s Program Manager for the Rappahannock Area Council for Child Abuse Prevention. She has also been a Sunday school teacher for the past 9 years at Christ Lutheran Church. She feels very fortunate to have been able to travel all over the United States and Europe with her military family as a child but is happy to call Fredericksburg her home now. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two girls and her crazy pets.

Rachel Hunter

Chapter Coordinator
Rachel Hunter is a mom of two awesome kids, and feels at home with CYT. Theater has been a part of her life since she was young, and she is so happy to continue in her passion with this amazing organization. Rachel grew up in Maryland and was involved in church, high school, community, and professional theater for many years. She has always worked with children, and taught a middle school drama class at Fredericksburg Christian School for 3 years. She became involved with CYT in the fall of 2013, when her daughter was cast in Annie. The following spring, Rachel began teaching classes for CYT, as well as some of its summer camps. She was also the show chair for the 2014-15 season, and officially joined the CYT Fredericksburg staff in August of 2015. Additionally, she fulfilled a dream by directing Anne of Green Gables during CYT's winter 2021 session, and more recently, 12 Angry Men this past summer. In addition to CYT, Rachel also works as a permanent substitute at the Upper School of Fredericksburg Christian School. She loves being a part of this "second family" at CYT, especially since the Lord is at its heart.

Pam King

Music Manager
Pam King has been greatly involved in music since childhood, from playing violin to singing on stage and at church. Pam holds a bachelors degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University and a master of Music degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her husband Mckenneth toured throughout the country for thirteen years giving concerts in churches, retreats and conference centers. Pam and her husband have been directors of many shows both in the Community Theater as well as church. Pam currently has her own private voice studio where she teaches forty students a week. Since coming off the road Pam and her husband have had a dream of starting a family oriented Christian based arts school and theater company. She is thrilled to have CYT in the Fredericksburg area and looks forward to many more productions. It is so much fun to watch the kids grow in their abilities and their confidence. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a great artistic team and awesome group of kids!! Pam served as CYT Fredericksburg's Artistic Director from 2010-2015, and now serves as our Director of Music.

Josh King

Technical Manager
Born and raised in Spotsylvania, VA, Josh has grown up in CYT Fredericksburg. Since it started in 2006, Josh has been involved as a student, orchestra member, volunteer, teacher, technical designer, operator, and director. Josh attended Bluefield College and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and minored in Theatre. Josh taught Bible, worship team, and drama at Fredericksburg Christian School for 5 years. Josh currently lives in Caroline County with his wife Danielle sons Kaden, Theo, and Benjamin. He is blessed to be working with such an incredible staff, along with the parents, students, and artistic teams that give so much to the organization. God bless!