Pat graduated from the University of Illinois and earned a Master's degree in Education from Harvard University. She moved to San Diego in 1964 where she taught elementary education for 25 years. She retired in 1989, at which time she volunteered for the Pet-Assisted Therapy program at the San Diego Humane Society for the next 25 years. Pat's continued need to help a non-profit within her local community led her to Wee Companions. Pat's love of the elderly animal population, often called "the golden old'ns" makes Pat the perfect sanctuary liason. Currently, Pat lives with a 7 year old rescue cat, Chestnut.