Patti is on the Exceptional Children Committee for the Richmond Diocese and completing her Master’s in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She began her journey with the Deaf community when she worked as the ASL/Interpreting Program assistant for Reynolds Community College. In that role, she collaborated with Deaf performers/artists to organize presentations for the students, created events that brought the Deaf community together to discuss their journey, including the hearing community can support their language and culture, and volunteered in many Gallaudet events. In addition, Patti was the secretary for VA LEAD-K for five years and continued to work with the VA LEAD-K team until the bill was passed in 2022.
Patti is a mother of three children. She homeschooled her two older students from 3rd grade to 12th grade. Her two oldest children graduated high school with a high school diploma and an associate degree, a benefit of dual enrollment. Her youngest child is enrolled in a Catholic school where Patti works as a 5th-grade teacher.