Patti retired from the Dallas Regional Chamber on July 31, 2011 after 24 years and formed her own Education and Advocacy Consulting firm. For the past year she had managed the chamber’s strategic initiative focusing on education for the Dallas Regional Chamber. She is past chair of the American Cancer Society Dallas Metro Unit, a board member of the High Plains Division of the American Cancer Society, past chair of the Coordinating Committee for the Texas Business Education Coalition, on the board of the Texas Education Reform Caucus and was appointed by the Governor to the State Board of Nursing. Patti serves on the Education Impact Council and the Advocacy Committee for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and chaired the grant panel on Public Advocacy. She also serves on the Zero- Five Funders Collaborative and the Dallas Junior League Community Advisory Committee.
Patti is past president or chair of the Community Council of Greater Dallas, the Texas Center for Education Research, the Tejas Girl Scout Council, the Tejas Girl Scout Endowment Board, Trinity River Authority, Dallas Republican Forum, Women’s Council of Dallas County, Dallas Commission on Children and Youth and Executive Women of Dallas She is a former board member of Doctor’s Hospital and past president of Richardson I.S.D. School Board, Dallas County School Board Association, North Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Boards. She has served on the Dallas County Workforce Board, the Regional Workforce Leadership Council, and the United Way Strategic Planning Committee. She is a member of Charter 100 and the Dallas Summit. She served on advisory boards for the College of Education at the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Austin College. Patti has been recognized as the 1995 Advocate of the Year, A Friend of Education by Phi Delta Kappa, Outstanding Republican Woman of Texas, received the Spirit of Richardson ISD Award in 2009 and in 2010 received the Lee Jackson Workforce Leadership Award. She is a life member of both the State and National PTA. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in English and serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Patti and her husband, Roger, a patent and trademark attorney, are the parents of three children: all National Merit Finalists, Julie, an honors graduate of the University of Southern California and currently public relations and alumni director for Young Life; Doug, a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of North Carolina with graduate degrees in the Classics and a Classics professor at Samford University; and Catherine, a graduate of the College of William and May with a masters in College Administration from the University of North Texas. She is also the proud grandmother of Timothy, Elizabeth, Caroline and Claire.