Officers elected for the 2016-2017 Fraternal Year
Michael J. Gasper
State Deputy ▬ Michael J. Gasper
Michael J. Gasper was born and raised in Binghamton, New York, with his two older brothers. He attended Binghamton Catholic Central High School, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, on a joint athletic and academic scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1973. During his 40 year career in Transportation Logistics in the oil, gas and coal industry, he lived in New York City, Houston, Texas, and lastly in Richmond, Virginia, since 2003.
Mike joined the Knights of Columbus in 1988, while living in Houston, and served in numerous officer positions and Grand Knight at St. Justin Martyr Council 5283 in 1990-1991. Upon moving to Richmond in 2003, he joined St. Edward Council 6546 and McMahon Assembly 2205, serving as Faithful Navigator in 2011-2012. Prior to his election in May, as State Secretary for 2015-2016, he served as State Pro-Life Chairman 2007-2009 and 2010-2012, District Deputy 2008-2010, General Programs Director 2012-2013. State Warden 2013-2014, and State Treasurer 2014-2015.
Mike and his wife of 33 years, Gerri, attend St. Edward the Confessor in Richmond, where they serve as Eucharist Ministers, and are active in the parish youth group, serving as chaperones at the Diocesan Youth Conferences and Steubenville Youth Conferences. Mike and Gerri have a daughter, Rebecca (Jonathan), and a granddaughter, Eleanor, who live in Round Rock, Texas.
State Secretary ▬ Stephen J. Kehoe
Stephen J. Kehoe was born in St. Louis and raised in the Northern Virginia area with his older sister. Steve obtained his B.S. in Accounting at Old Dominion University. Steve has worked in both the Telecommunications and Government Contracting arena for the past 23 years.
Steve joined Fr. Francis J. Diamond Council #6292 in Fairfax in 1988, serving as Recorder, Warden, Chancellor, Deputy Grand Knight, and Grand Knight for the Fraternal Year 2008-2009. Prior to his election in May, as State Treasurer for 2015-2016, he served as District Deputy 2010-2012, Membership Director 2012-2013, General Programs Director 2013-2014, and State Advocate 2014-2015.
Steve and his wife of 17 years, Wendy, attend St. Leo the Great in Fairfax. Steve and Wendy have four children, Jordan, Ryan, Nathan, and Kaelan.
Stephen J. Kehoe
State Treasurer ▬ Roy F. Blakeburn
Roy was born and raised in London, England until the age of 13. In 1968 his family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. He Joined the United States Marine Corps in 1975 and served for 20 years. He served in the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion in Okinawa, Japan and the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion Camp Lejeune and as Drill Instructor at Parris Island. He is also a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm.
Roy joined the Mother of Teresa Calcutta Council 12117 in 1999. He has served in numerous council officer positions and was Grand Knight of Council 12117 from 2004 -2006 and was the Faithful Navigator for the Fr. Michael J. McGivney Assembly 2588 in 2009. Prior to his election in May, as State Advocate for 2015-2016, he served as State Church and Community Chairman 2008 -2009, District Deputy 2010-2012, State Retention Team 2012- 2013 and State Warden 2014-2015.
Roy and Diana have been married for 31 years and have two children Julia and Adam. They were the Virginia State Family of the Year in 2009.
Roy F. Blakeburn
State Advocate ▬ Ed Polich
A native of Portland, Oregon, Ed obtained his B.S. in Business at Oregon State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Richmond. Ed has two daughters, Julia Grace, who graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2015 in Biomedical Engineering, and Emma Claire, a rising senior and a vocal performance major, both at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the Fr. Robert W. McDonald Council 395 and serves as the First Degree Team Warden and was recognized as a Two-time 1st Place State Degree Competition winner. He also is on the District 9 Second Degree Team, playing the role of the Grand Knight and holds the title of 1st Place State Degree Competition winner. He will serve as the Faithful Pilot for the Richmond Assembly in the 2015-2016 fraternal year.
Ed was appointed by the recent four State Deputies to serve the State Council as Council Activities Chairman/State Bowling Tournament Director; District Deputy 9; State Youth Director; Coordinator of the 2013 VA/TN Supreme Convention Hospitality Suite; and most recently as State Convention Chairman. He is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, in Glen Allen, where he serves as a Lector and sings in the Music Ministry.
State Warden ▬ Bob Szerszinski
Is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended Central Catholic High School. Bob obtained his Bachelor of Science in Management, from Troy State University. Bob also has two Masters Degrees, one a Master of Science in Management, also from Troy State University and the second Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Bob served on active duty and as a civil servant in the Air Force and US Army for 38 years.
Bob joined Holy Family Council 6658, Copperas Cove, Texas in 1994 and served in numerous officer positions. In Virginia, he has served as the State Membership Director, District Deputy and State Pro-Life/Culture of Life Chairman. He is a Past Grand Knight and member of the John Paul I Council 7165 in Dale City. Bob is also a Past Faithful Navigator and member of the Father Edward L. Richardson SMA Assembly 3174. Bob was selected as the Virginia Knight of the Year for the 2012-2013 fraternal year.
Bob and his wife Eileen of 25 years attend Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City. They have two daughters, Jessica and Jennifer.
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