A 30-year Scuba Instructor for PADI, NAUI and SSI, Patti has maintained an unconventional career and lifestyle. Initially, as a Nevada State Administrative Law Judge, she determined the repetitive structure was overwhelming boring; this inspired her to travel throughout the world as diving professional. Relocating to the Florida Keys, she became embedded with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), which at that time a small grass-roots organization restoring the local corals reefs. She has spent the last 12 years installing coral nurseries, repopulating reefs with nursery-raised corals and designing diving specialty courses to educate and inspire Coral Ambassadors. Patti crafted their Dive Safety Manual and is their Dive Safety Officer. She serves on the CRF Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Also serves on the Board of Directors of the History of Diving Museum, a member of the Explorer’s Club, a SSI Platinum Pro 5000 recipient and an officer in Coast Guard Auxiliary 13-08. In 2016, she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame and serves as a Trustee.
Patti is an AAUS Scientific Diving Instructor.