“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you have accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up. Who you have made better. It’s about what you have given back.”
Patricia grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended The University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree and received her J.D. at Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg, FL. Moving to Traverse City in 2000, she and her husband Jeff now have one boy and three girls, with two attending Central High School in the SCI-MA-TECH program, one at East Middle School, and one at Old Mission Peninsula School. Patricia spent the first part of her career in digital marketing with 8 years at Reed Elsevier/LEXIS-NEXIS, she then enjoyed 10 years as a stay-at-home mom while working part-time at a marketing firm, and is currently working on behalf of Ford Motor Company as a Manager, Organic Search in the Marketing Science Unit at GTB. Patricia has served on several boards, including the beloved Traverse City Cooperative Pre-School, Old Mission Peninsula School PTO as a member of the Technology Committee, and as a co-founder of Design Dance Company. Over the years, Patricia has also been active in the Traverse City community, including co-founding Munson Hospital's NICU STEPS, a parent support group for families with babies in the NICU, coaching Girls on the Run, soccer, and basketball for her kids' teams, volunteering in various capacities at Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and can be usually found helping back-stage at spring dance recitals. Patricia is grateful to be a part of the TEAM5TCAPS team with a shared vision, and hopes every decision of the board centers around teaching and learning, with a focus on student achievement at all levels. Her passion is reading and literacy, and the belief that every child has infinite potential.
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