State Officers


State Deputy

Edward R.Polich (395)

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 is retired and works part-time as a Standardized Patient at the Medical College of Virginia where he trains medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy students on how to be better communicators and professionals.  Ed has two daughters, Julia Grace, and Emma Claire, both graduated from 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. Ed is also one six Conferring Officers for the Knighthood Degree.  He is a PFN and was awarded the Assembly of the Year award for Virginia from the Master of the Calvert Province.  He serves as the Faithful Trustee for the Richmond Assembly 1165 in the 2018-2019 fraternal year.

Ed was appointed by four State Deputies to serve the State Council as Council Activities Chairman/State Bowling Tournament Director; District Deputy 9; State Youth Director; Chairman of the 2013 VA/TN Supreme Convention Hospitality Suite; and as the 2015 State Convention Chairman. He is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, in Glen Allen, where he serves as a Lector.


State Chaplain

Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde


Assoc. State Chaplain

Msgr. John C. Cregan


Assoc. State Chaplain

Rev.  Salvador Añonuevo.


State Secretary

Bob Szerszynski (7165)

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bob 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 27 years attend Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City.  They have two daughters, Jessica and Jennifer.

State Treasurer

Brian M. Ripple (562)

A native of Hagerstown, MD, Brian attended the College of William and Mary where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. He currently resides in Roanoke where he works for Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking division as a technical writer.

Brian joined the Order in 1993 and is a member of Roanoke Council #562 where he served as Grand Knight in 2005-2006. He is also a member of Roanoke Assembly #1167 where he served as Faithful Navigator from 2010 – 2012.

Additional positions held within the order include District Deputy #25 (2006-2008), District Deputy #23 (2009-2010), State Convention Chairman (2012-2013), State General Programs Director (2015-2016), and State Advocate (2017-2018).

Brian and his wife, Stacey, have been married for over 26 years and have two children, Ben and Allison.  The Ripple family attends St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Roanoke.

State Advocate

Mark Janda (4034)

A native of Chicago, Illinois Mark attended Ridgewood High School and continued further on to the University of Illinois – Chicago and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb IL 1982 Economics

Mark joined Archbishop Keough Council 5263, Odenton Maryland in 2000 and served there as Warden and joined Admiral William S. Benson Assembly 381 prior to moving to Virginia. He transferred to Fredericksburg Council 4034 serving two terms as Grand Knight in 2005-2006 and 2011-2012 and transferred to Rappahannock Assembly 1613 in 2002. Mark was appointed as District Deputy of District 11 serving from 2013 through the 2016 fraternal years and served as the State Programs Director in 2016-2017. Mark also served ten years as an Usher at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

Mark and his wife Ruth of 33 years are members of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, VA. They have a Daughter Diana and a son Eric and two grandchildren Jonah and Sawyer.

State Warden

Pat Rowland (12378)

A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, Pat retired from the United States Navy (23 years) in 2008 and is currently the Training Development Program Manager for Cape Henry Associates located in Virginia Beach.

He joined the Order in 2005, served as Grand Knight for St. Teresa of Calcutta Council 12117 during the 2010-2011 fraternal year and is now a member of San Lorenzo Council 12378.  He is currently serving as Pilot for Father Michael J. McGivney Assembly 2588.

Additional positions held within the order include District Deputy #4 (2014-2016), State Convention Chairman (2016-2017), and State Membership Director (2017-2018).

Pat became State Warden in July 2018.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale specializing in Workforce Education and Development.  He and his wife, Arlene, are parents to daughter Kori and son John.  He is a member of Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach where he supports multiple ministries such as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Liturgy Coordinator and Choir (instrumental).

Immediate Past State Deputy

Stephen J. Kehoe (6292)


Executive Secretary

Richard G. Head (11172)


District Master

 Stephen Paul Raschke, Sr.(5480)


Supreme Director

Tommy C. Harger PSD(11922)


Regional Growth Director, SE

Dave Tebo PSD