Wednesday, February 22 | Submitted by The Irish Festival Association | Downtown Central
Roseann Bentley Selected as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Springfield’s Irish Festival Association and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee are pleased to announce Roseann Bentley as Grand Marshal of the 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Bentley’s Irish heritage can be traced to the Donohues and Kellys of County Cork. She has served as Greene County Commissioner for the Eastern District since elected in 2004, and in 2011, was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Mrs. Bentley served eight years in the Missouri Senate representing the Springfield area. She was the first woman elected to that seat and was the first woman appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee. She also served for two years as Chair of the Senate Education Committee.
Roseann Bentley is a former president of the Springfield R-12 Board of Education, the State Board of Education, and the National State Boards of Education. She was a founding member of Ozarks Public Television; first president of the Junior League of Springfield; and former chair of the United Way of the Ozarks.
Commissioner Bentley is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a degree in Early Childhood Education, and is married to Dr. John Bentley, a previous recipient of CFO’s Humanitarian Award. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.
For more information on the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade or to register to participate, visit www.springfieldstpatsparade.