patricia A. rist

Board of Education
Cross-endorsed by the Independent Party
Patricia and her family are 37-year residents of Bethel. She has been deeply involved with the community serving as President of the Bethel Historical Society working with the Bethel schools for 24 years with 2nd and now 3rd graders, opening up the history of their town. Pat was an ESL instructor with Literacy Volunteers for 5 years. She is a past Board Member with the Bethel Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Bethel Garden Club and a member of Friends of the Bethel Public Library. She has been a Commissioner on Planning and Zoning for the past 24 years and currently 12 years as Chairman. Pat is an active member of the Bethel Republican Town Committee.

Professionally, she retired after 15 years with Oracle Corporation as an Operations Business Manager with Oracle University. Prior to that she was an Operations Manager with Siebel Systems, and a Director of Client Services with MOHR Development, a consulting company to the financial services industry. She was also with Xerox Learning Systems for 18 years. Pat has a BS/Management and an MBA. Pat and her husband, David, have two children; their son was a 27-year Bethel police officer now retired and their daughter is a Regional Manager for a Jewelry company.