The Capital Cotillion Sponsors


Michele Pollard Patrick

Michele Pollard Patrick
Michele Pollard Patrick is a certified Protocol Officer and etiquette consultant who combines effective teaching techniques with a passion for promoting the social graces. She achieves this as Founder and President of National Protocol, Ltd, a multi-level training organization located in Washington, DC. where she brings in depth knowledge to her training seminars and is recognized as an expert in her field.

Ms. Patrick has a degree in education and has been teaching for both children and adults for twenty years. She is the author of two books on etiquette: A Child’s Introduction to Tea, and Executive Etiquette Power. Fortune 500 companies, law firms, universities and the U.S Government have employed her services. She has been profiled on network and cable television, quoted in national magazines and featured in the Washington Post and Washington Times.

Michele develops and presents the etiquette curriculum to the Capital Cotillion students. Her lessons are designed to instill confidence by discussing the social situations one might encounter and knowing how to handle them. Her students learn that etiquette is about showing courtesy and respect to others. Children who understand and choose to use these ‘life skills” become popular with their peers. They develop a high level of self-esteem because their presence is always appreciated.

Ms. Patrick joined Capital Cotillion in 2004. She is also handles parent communication for the program.


Kristine Miller McGehee

Kristie Miller McGehee
Kristine Miller McGehee serves as Artistic Director and Registrar for Capital Cotillion. She is also the owner of the design firm, Washington Staging and Design, LLC, and is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP).

Professionally, Kristie has worked for such notable organizations as The Four Seasons Hotel Washington, The Smithsonian Institution, Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum, The Cosmos Club and Xerox Corporation, and numerous private clients.

Using her artistic flair she provides imaginative displays that present a festive atmosphere where students want to participate and learn.