In 1984, Pat retired from government service after 10 years with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), the economic regulatory agency of the U.S. Government for all U.S and foreign aviation entities – these responsibilities now reside with the Department of Transportation. Pat’s last position was as an assistant division chief within the Bureau of International Aviation where she had the direct responsibility for approving all non-standard flights into and out of the continental United States.
In 1974, Pat began as a junior economist, rising steadily within the ranks of the CAB, achieving the rank of assistant division chief by 1984.
She retired from government service that year to raise a family, two children and dogs, and involved herself with numerous volunteer commitments, to include serving as the Treasurer for the Alexandria TWIG, a non-profit organization in support of the Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, VA. She also served on the Parent’s Advisory Council for Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.
Pat began teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) – now called English Language Learning (ELL) – with the New Neighbors Education Center in Alexandria in 2002. Asked to increase her participation in that organization, she first served as the Financial Manager; then Chair of the Outreach and Communications Committee; followed by elevation to the Presidency of the Board of Directors; and subsequently she agreed to serve as the Corporate Treasurer.
In 2010, the New Neighbors organization became affiliated with and was later incorporated into The Campagna Center, a premier teaching and service provider for children, teens, and adults in the City of Alexandria. There, Pat continues to teach advanced grammar classes in the school with students from over 70 countries, including displaced persons, refugees, and spouses of interpreters who accompanied our military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pat graduated from Denison University in Ohio in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Economics Honors Society because of her exceptional academic achievements.
She and her husband Bill were married in April 1979, live in Alexandria, VA with a second home on Amelia Island, FL. They have two children, one grandchild, and one dog.