Fran Patrick – Senior Vice President, COMO Magazine & Columbia Marketing Group
Originally from England, Fran Patrick has been a Como resident for the past 6 years. Fran’s journey to Columbia was by way of a professional dance career which took her across the world. Tours have included travel across Europe, Asia, America and South Africa. Retiring from the stage in 2010 the next chapter within the arts saw Fran hold the position of Assoc. Director with the Springfield Ballet. Here the passion of teaching and choreography was further honed and has continued to play a huge part of her Columbia life with her Dancearts family over the past 6 years.
Fran’s passion for dance is also met with her passion for the Columbia community. COMO Magazine and Columbia Marketing Group have connected her to the many facets of the community and its people. Being able to tell their stories or work alongside them to create new opportunities is a privileged job each day. Currently serving on the board for First Chance for Children allows her to connect to her passion for community and children.
Outside of work and dance, Fran is an avid baker/cook and may have the star baker apron but it is a work in progress to emulate Mary Berry. Travel is a big must and is ready to get back to seeing the world again. She enjoys spending downtime with her family and friends – which often involves a quick glass of champagne as well as eating out in the many amazing local restaurants here in Columbia.
This opportunity to connect fun, dance and support the arts is super exciting. It will be an experience to remember and thank you to her amazing husband for his unwavering support in every adventure.