The Capital Cotillion Sponsors
Michele Pollard Patrick
Michele Pollard Patrick knows what it takes to earn a seat at the table. She has spent the last 40 years helping to develop and improve the corporate workforce into successful executives. As Founder of National Protocol and Co-Founder of Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars, Michele focuses on soft skill development, including business and cross-cultural etiquette, emotional intelligence, and body language. In more than 25 years as a protocol and etiquette consultant, Michele has trained future leaders across industries from companies like Bank of America, GE, and ExxonMobil.
In addition to her corporate experience, Michele works with colleges and universities to prepare students to transition into the professional world. She offers domestic and international dining etiquette programs and networking and interviewing skills training to graduate and undergraduate students from Harvard University, Georgetown University, Duke University, University of Maryland, and several other universities across the country. Her academic trainings give students both the knowledge and the confidence they need to enter and succeed in the workforce.
As a certified protocol officer, a position she has held for more than 15 years, Michele has consulted for government agencies on the proper procedures and practices for hosting foreign dignitaries. Under the George W. Bush administration, she welcomed the Chinese cabinet for the Chinese SED II visit and supported the G7 meeting in Washington, D.C. Her work as a protocol officer extends to the Ryder Cup where she offered her advice on ceremony and flag placement.
Michele is a graduate of the Body Language Institute and has earned her Master Trainer designation from the Protocol School of Washington. She is a Co-Sponsor of Capital Cotillion and serves on the judging panel for Distinguished Young Women of Maryland. Her dynamic presentation skills earned her a spot in the TEDX Wilmington rotation.
Ms. Patrick joined Capital Cotillion in 2004. She is also handles parent communication for the program.
Kristine Miller McGehee
Kristine Miller McGehee, a native Washingtonian, brings her creative talents to the Capital Cotillion program. As Founder and Owner of the interior design firm, Washington Staging and Design, LLC, she has transformed homes in the Washington, DC area for 25 years. She is also an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), working with owners and realtors to prepare houses for sale in the local real estate market. She brings this artistic flair to each Cotillion dance, creating imaginative displays that present a festive atmosphere where students want to participate and learn.
Prior to designing interiors, Ms. McGehee served as the Catering Sales Manger at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington. There she learned to attend to every last detail to assure that each event was successful and impeccably executed. Professionally, she has also done work for such notable organizations as the Smithsonian Institution, Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum, The Cosmos Club and Xerox Corporation, as well as numerous private clients. Utilizing these creative and artistic backgrounds, she insures that each Capital Cotillion dance is planned and implemented flawlessly. Her imaginative themed events are ones that the students enjoy and remember.
Ms. McGehee joined Ms. Patrick as program sponsor in 2005. Along with her artistic arrangements Ms. McGehee serves as artistic Director and Registrar for Capital Cotillion. Active in the Washington, DC community, she supports her alma mater, Holton-Arms School as past President of the Alumnae Board and past member of the Board of Trustees. She lends her hand and talents as a volunteer, member or participant to numerous organizations locally and nationally. She has two daughters and two rescue dogs.
Capital Cotillion is fortunate to share the talents of our dance instructor, Michael Rye. As a former Australian Dance Champion, Mr. Rye brings his teaching skills, extraordinary dance talents and Australian humor to the ballroom, much to the enjoyment of our students. Along with his dance partner, Mr. Rye teaches traditional ballroom, and contemporary dance steps to our students. He is the founder and owner of Dance Bethesda offering group and individual instruction. Mr. Rye and select students from Dance Bethesda regularly compete and medal in dance competitions at the national level.
Our Dance Assistants and Staff
Capital Cotillion enhances its staff with the talents of 5 certified school teachers and young professionals. Their experience with elementary and middle schoolers expands the learning opportunities for our students. In addition, they ensure that each Capital Cotillion participant finds a dance partner, is treated with respect, and has a positive experience on the Capital Cotillion dance floor.