Bachelor, San Francisco College for Women, 1964; Master of Science, California State University, Fullerton, 1970.
Teacher, St. Boniface School, Anaheim, California, 1965-1967; reading specialist, Reading Center, Loyola-Marymount, California, 1974-1977; student teacher supervisor, California State University, Fullerton, 1978-1982; junior high teacher, Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Habra, California, 1982-1985; principal, St. Joseph School, Placentia, California, since 1985. President, secretary Imperial School Site Council, Anaheim, 1978-1980. Director confirmation program San Antonio Parish, Anaheim, 1985-1986, teacher, since 1978.
Board directors, All-Star manager Canyon Hills Bobby Sox Softball, Anaheim, 1983-1985. Member American Association of University Women (local vice president, secretary 1973-1974), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Catholic Education Association (Principals Academy award 1988), Regional Principals Association (chair 1986-1988), Superintendents Council, Orange County Reading Association.
Married Donald James Patzem, August 22, 1964. Children: Kirk Thomas, Leslie Michelle.