Patience is an Alaska Native, born in Cordova. Her interests include teaching Alaska Native crafts and studying the uses of herbal plants.
She worked as a legal technician/paralegal with the litigation team for the Exxon Valdez oil spill lawsuit. She earned a BA in justice and sociology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. As a former military wife, her travels have been extensive throughout the United States and Europe.
Patience serves on several Cordova community boards and commissions. Special council projects have included the Peer Listener program as well as serving on other committees. Travel to remote Alaska areas continues to be a favorite pursuit.
Patience was seated on the Council’s Board of Directors in November 1998.