The Capital Cotillion Sponsors
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
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.