Patty joined Lutgert Insurance in 1996. She attended Indiana University at South Bend and worked at an insurance agency in South Bend. In Naples since 1985, Patty has served on the board of several civic organizations and volunteered for the Naples Chamber of Commerce, has received her 700 hour volunteer pin with Naples Community Hospital, observed for the Collier County Education Foundation's, Golden Apple award for nearly 20 years. She served as PTO president for several schools and was instrumental in starting the Kids Club for North Naples Methodist Church in 1989. She has also been very involved with the Winged Foot Scholarship Award, since its inception in 1990. She received the Marketing Volunteer Award for the Naples Chamber and was named a Women of Power by Florida Weekly newspaper.