A resident of Columbia since 1970, Pat and her husband moved to the Wilde Lake/Oakland Mills area in the early days of Columbia, because her husband worked for the Rouse Company. She didn't realize until they moved that the Columbia Ice Rink was located just down the street. She began to get more involved in figure skating and co-founded the Columbia Figure Skating Club, which is almost 40 years old. In the beginning, she was the club's jack-of-all-trades. She painted the rink, took tickets, taught ice skating, made repairs, did whatever was needed. That was before volunteers.