Patti’s Family



Past Leadership Experience

  • Board, DeKalb Municipal Association, 2013-present
  • Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2012
  • Regional Leadership Institute (Atlanta Regional Commission), 2010
  • Member, Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, Georgia Municipal Association, 2010-present
  • Member, Advisory Council, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services (RRISA), 2012-present
  • Chair, Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
  • President, Tennessee Dietetic Association
  • President, Chattanooga District Dietetic Association
  • Recipient, 2010 Georgia Dietetic Association Distinguished Service to a Community Award.


  • Part time Instructor, Division of Nutrition, Georgia State University, 2001–present
  • Preceptor, Georgia State University, Division of Nutrition, 2008–present
  • Nutrition Counseling, Offices of Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, Atlanta 2008–present
  • Life Style Trainer–Nutrition, CSC, contract employee for CDC, 2001-2009
  • Program Director of Nutrition and Dietetics Program, University of Tennessee–Chattanooga, 1990–2001
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition, U of TN–Chattanooga, 1984–2000


Patti graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1973 with a BS in nutrition and became a registered dietitian following a dietetic internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, in 1974.  She returned to higher education and earned the master of science degree in nutrition from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1978 and began teaching at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1984.

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Licensed Dietitian, state of Georgia
  • Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Practice Group, American Dietetic Association
  • Member, Atlanta Local Food Steering Committee