Pat is a retired public school educator. In her thirty five year public school career, Pat worked as a principal and assistant principal at North Junior High in St. Cloud, coordinator and co-developer of the national award winning St. Cloud Staff Development and Evaluation Program, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent for Planning, and as an English teacher at Technical High School in St. Cloud.
Pat earned her BA from the College of St. Benedict, her MA from St. Cloud State University, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. She is a past member and chair of the board of Anna Marie’s Alliance(a domestic abuse organization), past chair of the Great River Interfaith Partnership Task Force on Funding Public Education, past board member of the YMCA and of the Somali American Heritage and Education Center and past co-chair of the St. Cloud Neighbors For School Excellence Levy Committee.
In addition to her work on the LEAF Board, Pat is also serving on the Board of the Central Minnesota Boys and Girls Club. Along with her work as a Program Officer for the Morgan Family Foundation, her major commitment is her service to the Partner For Student Success Initiative – a campaign with three local school districts to engage the entire community in the success of all children.
Pat is a member of Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud. She and her husband live in Waite Park, MN. They have five grown children, nine grandchildren, and two wonderful Shih Tzu dogs.