Pat joined the Communities In Schools team in 2014. Prior to joining CIS, Pat retired from a successful 30-year career with various food manufacturing organizations. During her retirement Pat became fascinated with the growth and development of youth and enrolled at Highline College. In 2017, at the age of 67, Pat graduated with an Applied Behavioral Science Degree – focusing on Youth Development. At Illahee Middle School, many of the students know her as, “Grandma, Pat”. In that capacity, she is passionate about supporting basic needs–food, clothing, school supplies and Social Emotional Learning. Pat will tell you she has, “875 plus grandbabies and is devoted to their growth and success.”  

“Seeing growing self-respect and self-awareness in a scholar–when the light bulb goes on–I am proud that I get to be there to see that new beginning.”