The Fitzpatrick-Passalaqua Family
One Dream Gala Honoree
Kathleen’s involvement with JDRF began in the mid 1990’s through her employer at the time, PaineWebber/UBS, where the employees participated in JDRF’s Walk Program. It was a little more than a decade later that Kathleen, and her husband, John, would be impacted directly by type 1 diabetes (T1D) when their daughter, Fiona, was diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 7. Over the years that followed, Kathleen and John would rally their friends and family for their local JDRF Walk. With Fiona as captain, Fiona’s Foosters would go on to raise more than $350,000 over the next 10 years.
As President of the JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter’s Board of Directors for the past three years, Kathleen Fitzpatrick is a fierce leader in the fight against T1D. Kathleen also serves as a board member for Marble Jam Kids, a non-profit focused on creative-arts therapy and is also a mentor for the Columbia University Masters in Technology Management program. John has served as a member of the Northern Valley Regional High School Board of Education and has devoted many hours to area youth through coaching.
Professionally, Kathleen is CIO for Russell Reynolds Associates, having previously held Managing Director positions with UBS and Citigroup. She is a graduate of Binghamton University. John has held positions with several leading firms in the Entertainment and Publishing industries most recently as VP/General Manager for the Disney Movie Club, where his company gave considerable financial support to JDRF to match the family’s contributions. John is a graduate of Cornell University.
Fiona, 19, has just completed her freshman year at James Madison University where she is studying Business Management. She has served as a JDRF Children’s Congress representative in 2013 and a camp counselor and fundraiser for Camp Nejeda, a summer camp for children and teens with T1D. Her brother Patrick, 16, is a sophomore at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan where he and his football team recently celebrated a state championship.