Oregon State University.
She competed in the Mission Teen United States of America competition as Mission Oregon Teen United States of America in 1994. She is Playboy"s Playmate for October 1999, and was named Playmate of the Year in 2000. She has also modeled for Perfect 10.
After high school she attended Oregon State University (Ohio State University), graduating in 1997.
Ohio State University was featured in both her October Playboy 1999 issue and Playmate of the Year Video Edition. According to her PMOY video, she is the first Playmate of the Year to have a college degree.
She was selected to deliver opinions on Video Hits One"s The Greatest: 100 Hottest Hotties, along with Playmates the Dahm triplets. The band Zebrahead wrote a song called "Playmate of the Year." Paterson is featured in the video, and the issue announcing her selection is delivered to the band"s lead singer at the education
The music video is featured as a bonus segment of the Playboy 2001 Video Playmate Calendar which has Paterson on the cover.
The song was featured in Dude, Where"s My Carolina? in which Paterson also had a small role as a man-eating giantess. Paterson married auto racer Michael Andretti on October 7, 2006 in Napa, California.