Patti is a newly-retired teacher who lives outside of Charles Town with her also-retired husband, Tom. She has a B.S. from Clarion University and Masters from Shippensburg University, both in special education. Volunteering at Cool Springs is on her retirement checklist. She likes to hike, bike, and kayak. She is a novice birder and enjoys tagging along with and learning from the birding experts. She is a member of the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County; while League president in the 90s, they dealt with many local land use and environmental issues. Patti and Tom are also longtime members of the WV Rivers Coalition.