February 26, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
The O’Keefe family, left to right: Colin O’Keefe ’15 and Colin’s wife, Felicia (DaVolio) O’Keefe ’15; Kathleen O’Keefe, director of the Mount’s Career Center; Michael J. O’Keefe, executive director of Operations and Risk Management at the Mount; Clare O’Keefe ’17 and her boyfriend, John Kain. Not pictured, Kieran O’Keefe '14.
Michael J. O’Keefe, executive director of Operations and Risk Management at Mount Saint Mary College, was recently named the Orange County Aide to the Grand Marshal of the 258th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The parade will take place in the city on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
O’Keefe was nominated to serve as aide by the Orange County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, one of the affiliated organizations of the parade. O’Keefe is active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Orange County, serving as financial secretary for both Division 2 (Cornwall) and the County Board.
O’Keefe is one of 16 aides, with ten representing the five boroughs and surrounding counties, and six others selected from various organizations.
The 2019 Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Brian O’Dwyer, is senior partner at O’Dwyer and Bernstein, a law firm specializing in personal injury, labor relations, and immigration rights – particularly for the Irish. He served as Chairman of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center and was named Chairman Emeritus last year after nearly three decades with the organization.
“I am honored to serve as the Orange County Aide to Brian O’Dwyer, who has done so much for the Irish and Irish-American communities in New York,” said O’Keefe. “To march in the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and continue the tradition that began 14 years before the founding of America, is truly a humbling experience.”
O’Keefe was born in Queens, N.Y. to John and Catherine (nee Keegan) O’Keefe and raised in Woodside. He traces his Irish heritage to Co. Cork, Cavan, and Antrim through both his paternal and maternal grandparents. O’Keefe was educated at St. Teresa School in Woodside and received a bachelor’s degree from Siena College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College.
He served in the United States Army and attained the rank of Major. He had a distinguished career with the New York City Police Department, retiring as Deputy Inspector, before coming to Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. O’Keefe is currently the executive director of Operations and Risk Management at the Mount, and previously served as the college’s Director of Security & Safety.
O’Keefe has been married to Kathleen (director of the Mount’s Career Center) for nearly 30 years. They and their children, Kieran, Colin, and Clare, are parishioners of Holy Name of Mary-Assumption in Montgomery, N.Y. All three of O’Keefe’s children are Mount alumni.
In 2016 he was selected as one of The Irish Voice’s Education 100, along with his wife Kathleen. He serves on the facilities committee of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and enjoys volunteering across Orange County.