Pat grew up in the Chicago area and earned a degree in print journalism at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before moving to Asheville in 2014. He worked as a journalist and photojournalist for 20 years before shifting to sustainability work through the Americorps Project Conserve program in 2020, serving one year as an education and communications associate with Conserving Carolina. Pat is furthering his experience in the conservation field by now working as a restoration technician with EcoForesters. When he’s not working, you can find him exploring the woods, traveling to the beach, and just taking in the incredible environment around us. He currently lives in Fairview with his wife Cari and two young children, Pearl and Olive. Bonus nerdy info: Pat collects flashlights and G Shock watches.