Patricia has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and used her scholarship earned as Miss California 1992 to pursue a career in commercial aviation. She was recruited by the California Air National Guard to fly the C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft and she was awarded the top honor of the Commanders Trophy at military pilot training graduation. She was inducted into the Order of Daedalians, a WWII flying organization. She retired after a 21year military career as a LtCol and Instructor Pilot for the California Air National Guard in the 115th Airlift Squadron. She flew six tours of duty in the Middle East and has been awarded 5 flying Air Medals. She was named the 2010 California Air National Guard Field Grade Officer of the Year. She has earned her Masters of Science in Military Science and Operational Art. Patricia is a director on the Disabled Veterans Charities board that helps disabled and struggling veterans in the Los Angeles Area and is CEO of the Miss California Organization since 2015. She has flown 21 years as a pilot for American Airlines and is currently an Captain on the Airbus. She resides with her husband Andrew and three daughters in Redondo Beach, California.