I grew up in Larned and Phillipsburg; studied at K-State and Indiana University and now serve as the President of the Hutchinson Community Foundation in my new home of Hutchinson, KS. While in graduate school at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, I worked at the Central Indiana Community Foundation where I learned the value and importance of community foundations. Prior to my graduate studies, I served as the Assistant Director of Leadership Studies and Programs at Kansas State University. Since moving to Hutchinson in 2004, I have become involved in the community by participating in Leadership Reno County, joining the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and co-founding YP Reno County, a group that connects and involves young professionals. I also serve on the K-State Alumni Association board of directors, the School of Leadership Studies Advancement Council and the board of the Kansas Association of Community Foundations. I follow politics and college sports, and golf and gliding are new favorite past times. My husband, Lance Patterson, is the Director of Operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Hutchinson. In our free time, we continue to be endlessly fascinated and entertained by our three kids, Sadye age 8, Lydia age 5 and Blake age 2.