Patti developed the RISE: Readiness thru Integrated Service Engagement Program, a program of Volunteer New York!, in 2016. RISE supports adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, helping them build skills while volunteering. She has an MS in Human Development and Counseling, BA in Therapeutic Recreation, and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Patti has 30+ years of experience in program development, assessments, evaluation, staff training, and volunteer management, working across various non-profit and health organizations. She develops & manages innovative programs and establishes collaborative relationships that build stronger community connections for the participants she serves. She has presented at local and national conferences advocating for community inclusion and creating awareness of the growing needs to engage individuals with disabilities in volunteering as a way to empower them to build community and job readiness skills.