President & CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma
1. Thing you’re most proud of:
When I started as the President & CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma just over 10 years ago, I was a staff of one and we had just launched our first program – our pediatric mobile dental clinic, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Now, we run four (soon to be five) core programs, with the help of over 30 outstanding leaders on staff. We house 14 families a night throughout NWA and Fort Smith, in addition to the hundreds of kids we treat aboard the Care Mobile each year. The professional growth I’ve experienced as a leader through the growth of our organization is my biggest source of pride. It’s been an inspiring and special decade for me both at work and home, as my husband and I also started our family during that time. My husband, Beau, and our sons, Colin and Ben, are of course what I’m most proud of in my personal life!
2. What nonprofits are you involved with, and why?
In addition to RMHC of Arkoma, I’m also involved with the Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation. As a graduate of Springdale High School, I’m so thankful for the Springdale School District that laid the groundwork for my career and life. I love being a part of helping more kids have access to special projects and scholarships through Springdale Schools!
3. Do you have a personal philosophy that guides you?
Lean into the positivity in your life through gratitude. My nickname at work is “Patty” as in “Positive Patty.” When you’re optimistic that a better outcome is possible and grateful for the tough lessons, you’re better at coming up with solutions and overcoming challenges.
For more information about RMHC of Arkoma, visit rmhcofarkoma.org.