Who We Are
Who We Are

Nice to meet you.

We’re a passionate, talented team personally committed to improving the well-being and livelihood of the places we care about. Get to know us. Then let’s get to work.

“In rural communities you find our past—our roots and heritage—and our future. These communities are important to who we are and who we will be. It’s why I believe they should have every opportunity to thrive through access to quality health care, education and economic opportunity.”

Lindsey

President

“Rural made me who I am today. Growing up in a small town I was lucky to have a support network of family, friends, and neighbors who all believed in caring for all members of our community. The spirit of looking out for others was and is entrenched in small town life. It is an honor to be a part of a foundation woven of this same fabric.”

Andrea

Chief Legal Officer

“I believe rural communities deserve recognition and advocacy because of the crucial contributions they make to society. It’s incumbent upon us all to be informed advocates for our hard-working, rural neighbors.”

Jessica

Vice President of Programs & Strategy

“Rural communities are the lifeblood of America – daily life is impossible without their numerous contributions. I am grateful to be part of an organization dedicated to listening and engaging with individual community members, empowering them to thrive, and helping to preserve and exemplify their culture to all.”

Matt

Enterprise Architect

“People shouldn’t have to relocate to find a better quality of life. I love finding organizations and individuals that are committed to cultivating their own backyards, and I’m glad that we as a foundation can help them step into their potential.”

Mark

Administrative & Operations Leader

“I live in rural Missouri. We laugh, cry, and work together. We stay connected to the land and each other. There is such diversity, beauty, and promise in our communities. It’s a way of life that should be both preserved and shared, and I am grateful to be a part of our Foundation’s mission to make that happen.“

Monica

Senior Administrator

“Good health and educational opportunities are so critical for success and satisfaction, and rural communities deserve access to resources that will ensure they can achieve this.”

Suzanna

Research Associate

“Rural matters to me because it encompasses the heart and soul of many communities across the globe, requiring resiliency in order to maintain a great community, vital relationships and ongoing engagement of the residents.”

Denise

Program Officer

“Growing up in Southeast Kansas, I have seen firsthand that rural communities are a vital piece of our nation’s social and economic fabric. I am proud to be part of a foundation that helps support them to grow and thrive for generations to come.”

Adam

Program Officer

“Neighbors supporting neighbors. Communities that uplift their own to instill passion, integrity, and value history. I’m proud to be part of an organization that empowers rural communities by listening to their needs.”

Sara

Program Officer

“Rural communities are beautiful places inhabited by resilient people, but they are also fragile in a way. Almost a quarter of America’s elderly and one in five children live in rural areas.  I want the people who live in rural communities to know that they are important to America’s past and future.”

April

Chief Strategist
Board of Directors

Built on a strong foundation.

The Patterson Family Foundation was established to reinvest in rural communities and cultivate values of education and hard work for current and future generations. Currently, the Foundation is led by the adult children of the Patterson Family.

CLAY PATTERSON

LINDSEY PATTERSON SMITH

CORTNEY PATTERSON BARTON

WILL PATTERSON

Join the family.

If you’re passionate about serving our rural communities, we might have a job for you. Let’s talk.

“Create value and good things will happen.”

Neal Patterson

“Every opportunity is the result of a problem.”

Neal Patterson

“It’s all hard, complex and ambiguous at best.”

Neal Patterson

“Leading through vision is how you move the boundaries of an organization.”

Neal Patterson

“Live good lives. Be bold. Be brave. Don’t be a wimp.”

Neal Patterson

“The future can be changed in the present.”

Neal Patterson

“You have to have fun along the way. You can’t wait for it.”

Neal Patterson