Patti was a three-sport letter winner including starting for three years and being the team captain for two years in basketball at O’Hara High School (Kansas City, MO) where she was honored as an All- Conference, All-District, All-Metro selection in basketball her senior year. She enrolled at Baker and made an immediate impact starting all four years in basketball. She was voted the winner of the Hustle Award three times and 2 times to the Southwestern College All-Tournament Team. On campus she was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Mu Gamma and Sigma Tau Gamma graduating with honors in English Education and Psychology. In 1992 she earned an MS degree in Education from the University of Kansas.
Upon graduation from Baker Patti embarked upon a distinguished coaching career in basketball and volleyball at Ottawa University from 1988-1996. During those years she led the Lady Braves basketball squad to become a regional power and to their first ever national NAIA ranking. In 1996 she left coaching to undertake a challenging position in athletics administration with the National Collegiate Athletic Association where she developed and implemented the NCAA CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program Orientation and Training for 50 new institutions and conference offices and additionally assisted with the implementation of NCAA Title IX conferences. In 1999, Patti was named the Executive Director of WIN for KC, an organization she transformed into a nationally recognized organization that empowers girls and woman through promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness while at the same time providing opportunities for leadership development. The growth of the WIN for KC organization was a direct result of her leadership, vision and direct hands-on involvement in virtually every aspect of the organization. In 2010 she took on yet another challenging assignment as she currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of Collegiate Woman Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).
In addition to all of these former and current responsibilities she is a highly sought after national speaker and for ten years served among others as a color analyst for ESPN and Fox Sports Midwest doing broadcasts of high school and collegiate women’s volleyball and basketball games. She belongs to numerous associations and serves in a number of volunteer and community leadership roles including with the Central Exchange and as an Executive Committee member for the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation.