Pat is very busy in both the agricultural community and local community. She was the director of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board from 1995 to 2010 and is a member of the Chippewa County Farm Bureau, the Wisconsin Farmers Union, the Farm Advisory Council, and the National Dairy Board/Management Board. She is also an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Joseph's Hospital's Farm Family Committee, and Bloomer FFA Alumni Association.
Pat attended the College of San Mateo and University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
She has been on the Friends Board since July 2007.