2020-2021 St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C. Board of Directors

Kaitlin Patella, Chair

Ann Rita Connell, Vice-Chair

Maeve O’Neill, Treasurer

Josephine Hagerty, Secretary

Chris Coker

Chris Lynch

Colleen Monagan

Stephen Petruccelli

John Simpson


Duties and Responsibilities of Elected Officers

The primary duties and responsibilities of Officers and Executive Board Members of the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee of Washington, D.C. are set forth below:

Chairman – The Chairman serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Parade Committee and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and ensures that all activities of the committee are consistent with the By-Laws and the Articles of Incorporation. The Chairman is responsible for preparing meeting agendas, and presiding over board and membership meetings. The Chairman is responsible for the oversight of all committee operations. 

Vice Chairman – The Vice-Chairman is responsible for all aspects of protocol in relation to the parade’s honorees, dignitaries and other special guests.  The Vice Chairman leads the Honoree Sub-Committee, to include recruiting volunteers to serve on the sub-committee. The Honoree Sub-Committee manages the honorees (Grand Marshal, Gael and Division marshals) to include selection, invitation, transportation and all communication with honorees, as well as arranging the honoree reception.  The Sub-Committee also manages dignitaries (local politicians and others invited to the honoree reception, participate in the parade, sit on the reviewing stand, etc.) and participant awards (trophies awarded to participants based on their parade performance). The Vice Chairman is responsible for attending parade functions to include official meetings, social events, and liaison functions where appropriate. During the absence or disability of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall have the powers and functions of the Chairperson.

Secretary – The Secretary is responsible for managing the internal communications of the Parade Committee. Internal communications consists of scheduling committee meetings and capturing meeting minutes, and sending out monthly updates to the Committee regarding events, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities. The Secretary works closely with the Chairman and Director of Publicity and Marketing on external communication via the Publicity and Marketing Sub-committee. This sub-committee manages all of the Parade’s media tools: website, email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and Post Office box. The Secretary is available to assist the Chairman with committee projects and liaison activities as required.  

Treasurer – The Treasurer Is responsible for maintaining the financial records as well as the bank and investment accounts of the Parade Committee to include accounts receivable and accounts payable, and for the collection and payments of all monies owed.  The Treasurer prepares periodic financial reports for the membership, is responsible for preparing annual tax statements and manages the administrative activities and expenses required to keep the Committee current with DC and Federal requirements for a 501c3 non-profit. The Treasurer coordinates with all parade sub-committees to set and manage the budget. The Treasurer is available to assist the Chairman with committee projects and liaison activities as required.  

Members of Board of Directors – Members of the board of Directors, who are elected by the Membership of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of Washington, DC, will be assigned to supervise the Logistics, Parade Production, Publicity, or Government Services sub-committees that are responsible for the organization and assembly of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. These assignments will be made by the Committee Chairman.  It is the responsibility of each Board Member to maintain close Liaison with other sub-committee Chairman in order to ensure that there is no duplication in sub-committee efforts and that all parade requirements and responsibilities are complete.