Marine Conservation Educator, Ocean Advocate, Coral Ambassador
Highly regarded conservation educator, Patti integrates science into marine conservation practices by developing diving specialty programs to educate, inspire and cultivate passionate ocean stewards. She a diver for Coral Restoration Foundation inspiring Coral Ambassadors, by diving in a coral nursery or transplanting nursery-raised corals back onto degraded reefs. A member of the CRF International Team, she installs coral nurseries around the globe while training ‘Citizen Scientists’. She crafted the Dive Safety Manual for the Coral Restoration Foundation and serves as their Dive Safety Officer and is on their Board of Directors, Executive Committee. With 30-years experience as a Scuba Instructor for PADI, NAUI, SSI and DAN, she has certified over 1,200 students with over 12,000 logged dives. She is a 2016 Platinum Pro 5000 recipient and a 2015 Point of Light honoree, a Volunteer Award Program established by President George Bush. She co-founded an endowment underwriting the only hospital-based hyperbaric chamber in the Florida Keys. Patti is an Officer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, serves on the Board of Directors for the History of Diving Museum and a Member of the Explorer's Club. She serves on the Board of the Ocean Agency and is an AAUS affiliated Dive Safety Officer for Force Blue.