2019 Dutchess County
St. Patrick's Parade
Grand Marshal is...

Doreen Shepheard


              Doreen Katherine 'Lynch' Shepheard
was born August 31, 1960 in Stamford, CT to Pearl Cavalo and Cornelius Lynch.  She is the youngest of six children.  Doreen became a resident of Dutchess County in 1973 and attended Wappingeers Junior High School and John Jay High School graduating in 1977. After graduation she completed a degree program from Krissler Business Institute and Dutchess Community College. In 1981 Doreen married Robert G. Shepheard Jr. of Fishkill, NY.  Together they raised two children, Kevin and Michael. The family has grown to include two daughter-in-law's Jenniger and Cassandra and three grandchildren, Gracelyn, Addison and Kevin Jr.
She has been employed in the dental field for 38 years, formerly with Dr. John A. Como, DMD and most recently with Hopewell Dental PC.

Doreen worked part time throughout her career and had the opportunity to use her spare time committing to involvement with her children's many activities, including the PTA, Cub Scouts, youth baseball, football, soccer, basketball and high school tennis and wrestling.  Doreen's most impressive accomplishment is her active participation as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Wappingers Falls.  She started as a delivery person 25 years ago which lead to Vice Chairperson position.  Doreen has been responsible for food ordering as well as other duties since undertaking the role.  While volunteering at the St. Mary's food pantry, she met the 2002 Grand Marshal Mike and Jane Kelly who invited her to join the Dutchess County St. Patrick's Parade Committee. 

Doreen has been an active member of the parade committee and has undertaken the responsibilities  with the parade line up and overseeing the awards process for parade float participants, home and businesses that are decorated for the parade.  Doreen's husband Bob and son Michael are Officers of the Dutchess County Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish Catholic community service organization.  She has been an active participant in the organization's success in their charitable events and has been instrumental to their fund raising efforts. 

Doreen's Irish heritage comes from her father Cornelius, the son of Patrick Lynch and Julia McCarthy of Listowel, County Kerry.

Please come to the Emerald Ball on February 9th where Doreen will be officially installed as Grand Marshal for 2019.


Dutchess County
Saint Patrick’s Parade
Past Grand Marshals 

  •      1996 Father Charlie Coen
  •      1997 Ethel Brogan
  •      1998 Con Flaherty
  •      1999 Mary and Fred McVicker
  •      2000 Rev. Msgr. Francis P Bellew
  •      2001 Jim O’Brien
  •      2002 Michael J. Kelly
  •      2003 James Cunningham
  •      2004 Margaret Connolly
  •      2005 Dave Costello
  •      2006 Jack Fedigan
  •      2007 Tim Doyle
  •      2008 Noel Morris
  •      2009 Kenneth Brown
  •      2010 Gerard McVicker
         2011 Matthew P. Fitzgerald
         2012 Mary Jane Ekins Kelly
         2013 William "Bill" Brogan
         2014 Glen P. Kelly
         2015 Joe Daily 
         2016 Bruce Coneeny
         2017 Eileen McDonald Sassmann
         2018  William J. O'Hare


Bill Brogan enjoying the 2005 Parade


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P.O. Box 1352
Wappingers Falls, New York 12590
Phone:(914) 469-6661
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