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Patricia moved to Santa Barbara after graduating from Cornell University with a BA in art history and a BFA in painting. She worked as a self-employed flooring contractor here for 26 years. After selling her business in 2001, she started a new and rewarding career as an English as a second language (ESL) instructor for SBCC Adult Education. She retired from teaching recently and continues to manage local rental property on a part-time basis. She served on the board of Santa Barbara Middle School for 5 years and has volunteered for The Foodbank for 2 years. She enjoys her four children, their spouses, and one grandchild all living close by. She and her retired husband, Mike, love to travel the world.