Distinguished Young Women names new executive director

Distinguished Young Women Office April 2014Mobile, Ala. (September 9, 2014) – After a thorough and extensive search process, Distinguished Young Women is pleased to announce that Pam Patterson has been named the new Executive Director for the Mobile, Ala. based national scholarship program. An Alabama native, Patterson previously was employed in various school systems throughout Alabama as a classroom teacher and facilitator of educational programs for teachers. After retiring from Mobile County Public Schools in 2004, she has been employed with the University of South Alabama in the College of Education, most recently as the Assistant Field Director for the K-6 Education Program.

Throughout her career in education, Patterson has worked in many facets of the educational system. She has trained teachers across the country to use various models of instructional delivery, including Six Traits of Writing and Talents Unlimited, a critical and creative model for enhancing thinking skills among elementary students. At the University of South Alabama, Patterson’s responsibilities have included working with student placements in elementary schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties and serving as the liaison between the field experiences and classroom instruction of students enrolled in the College of Education. It is because of her outstanding work in this area that she was honored with the Excellence in Education Award for Clinical Supervision.

In addition to her work in education, Patterson has filled many volunteer roles within the community as well as with Distinguished Young Women. Spanning over twenty-three years, some of Patterson’s positions with Distinguished Young Women have included serving as a judge for state programs, as a member of the Travel Support Team, and for the past eight years, as the Chairman of National Finals, where she worked closely with the Executive Director. Currently, she volunteers with the Music Ministry at Spring Hill Baptist Church, designing curriculum for children’s music and participating in other facets as of the ministry. In addition, she also works with Light of the Village, a project sponsored by Volunteers of America.

Since January, Pam has served as Distinguished Young Women’s Interim Executive Director, utilizing her organizational and interpersonal skills to secure additional community support for the program and produce the 57th National Finals. Her creativity and desire to give the Mobile community and national sponsors a production they could be proud of led to the completion of an extremely successful program year.

“After concluding the national search for an Executive Director, we are very fortunate to have Pam continue in this role,” said Joy Grodnick, president of the board of directors. “What a unique opportunity to have found someone in our own backyard with Pam’s passion and love for the program. Pam has volunteered with Distinguished Young Women in various capacities over the years and it is because of her experience and knowledge that I feel confident she is best person to move our program to the next level. As chairman, I could not have handpicked a more qualified person. We are thrilled to have Pam as the head of the organization, as we know she will achieve great things for our program.”

Patterson is excited to bring her knowledge of working with colleges and universities to the program with the intent of creating new partnerships with these institutions, while finding new opportunities for the organization to further impact the lives of countless thousands of young women across America.

Pam is from Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated with highest honors from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, as well as received her Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She and her husband Eric, Mobile Division Customer Service Manager for Alabama Power Company, have called Mobile home for the past twenty-five years.

“Upon moving here, I immediately was drawn to this program because of the emphasis placed on education,” Patterson stated. “A program which impacts young women and gives them the opportunity to pursue their goals aligns so closely with my lifelong passion.”

About Distinguished Young Women

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 57 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 740,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $367 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, The State of Alabama, Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Alabama Power Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Master Boat Builders, Regions Financial Corporation, and Alabama Media Group.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Megan Arendall, National Headquarters Marketing and Communications Director (251-622-5335, Megan@DistinguishedYW.org) or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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