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Since arriving at East Tennessee State University as a student in 1991, and joining the Quillen College of Medicine (COM) as staff in 1996, Pat served as a Staff Senator from 2001 - 2005, and returned to the Senate in 2012, where she currently serves on the Liaison Committee and on the Committee for Staff Development and Evaluation. Having worked on various committees throughout the University, she is a member of the President's Pride, the COM Committee on Gender and Special Issues and the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds and Conference Committee. Pat is employed as a Senior Educational Planner in the COM Office of Continuing Medical Education where her responsibilities include the planning, implementation and management of local and regional CME educational activities. She works with physician activity directors and faculty / student planning committees to plan and execute effective education. Her responsibilities also include training new employees, securing grant funding, constructing budgets, and assuming administrative responsibility for maintaining accurate and compliant records of CME activities as required by the ACCME, CME's accrediting body.
Pat is a 1998 graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is currently working to complete the Masters of Public Health degree in Health Services Administration. With her first job being that of a "Candy Striper", she has grown up in health care and has held administrative positions with Mountain States Health Alliance and with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Pat worked for several years, at ETSU, as compliance manager and director for human subject research.
She continues to serve her community through volunteer efforts, having been, for example, a volunteer health and safety instructor trainer for American Red Cross since 1985. You may also find her in character as she performs as a historical interpreter, as one who lives in the first territory of Tennessee in the year 1790, at the living history museum at Rocky Mount, in Piney Flats.
The daughter of Jamaican immigrants, she focuses on achievement and living life with purpose and joy in such a way as to provide the best example she can to her family and to her community. Pat is a single parent of four adult, wonderful children and resides in Elizabethton. In her spare time, she is an avid quilter, a member of Appalachian Heritage Quilter's Guild, and enjoys meeting new people, reading and music.