Patty was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After college, she joined the U.S. Navy, traveling and working in leadership / financial management positions. She retired from the service in Eugene in 1998. She lives on five acres in rural Lane County with her partner of 26 years, Deb McGee, where they raised their three children. Seeing the effects of ever hotter, drier summers on the forests and in her gardens, she began to study global warming and became increasingly alarmed. As a lay leader at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, starting in 2001, Patty became a leader in local interfaith organizing around social justice and climate change. With the advent of Occupy Wall Street in 2011, and the Keystone XL Pipeline crisis, Patty volunteered with Deb to be Eugene’s KXL Action Leads to train citizens for civil disobedience actions if the pipeline was approved. It turns out that was a perfect place to apply both military and teaching skills. In 2013, Patty and Deb met Mary DeMocker, a local writer and “Climate Mom,” who suggested we work together to start a local 350.org chapter to fight for a stable climate future. In the last six years, the group has grown and expanded its work through local, state and regional climate justice efforts. During this pivotal moment in human history, Patty is dedicating the rest of her life to protecting the planet we all need and love.