Pat is a native of Lynchburg and graduated from E. C. Glass High School. After fifteen years of employment with General Electric, she relocated to Alexandria VA, beginning her career with the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy. She was a tutor and mentor for the Navy Kids Program that was established to assist lower income elementary students from Washington, DC with their school work and in building their self-esteem. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Maryland University College. Pat retired and moved back to Lynchburg where she works part-time for BWX Technologies, Inc. and volunteers at the Academy Center of the Arts. She has two adult children, five grandchildren and two fur babies, Gabby Lorraine and Cletus El DeBarge.