Pat graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a B.A. in English. She spent three years teaching in inner San Antonio before transitioning to a non profit organization. She has spent the past 12 years fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) South Central Texas Chapter. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers. During her time with LLS, Pat professionally fundraised more than $7.5 million and personally fundraised more than $17,000 for the local chapter. Most recently, Pat served as the Director for the largest fundraising campaign, Light The Night, where she oversaw $1.7 million gross annual revenue, the highest in the chapter’s history.
Pat comes from a military family. Her dad, Harold R Irwin, served 20 years in the US Army and National Guard before retiring after his deployment in Desert Storm. She has one brother who served in the US Coast Guard and another brother who is currently in the National Guard. Pat’s family also consists of several uncles and cousins who have served or are still serving in the military.