Pat Williams, MAT, CSA
Born in Chicago, Pat Williams spent her childhood in Cuba and Costa Rica, where she learned Spanish and developed an interest in world languages. After earning a Spanish/French degree from DePauw University and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Northwestern University, Pat became a foreign language teacher.
In 1995, she founded Northern Virginia’s first home companion agency, naming it GraceFul Care in honor of her mother, Grace. Since then, Pat’s become a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Dementia Care Specialist and has received hospice training. She serves on the Fairfax Long Term Care Coordinating Council, where she is creating villages (age-in-place supported communities) and Memory Cafes.
Pat became the Herndon Rotary’s first woman president and established the annual “Senior Senior Prom for ages 55 and better.” While serving on the Board of Leadership Fairfax, she created a Lifetime Leadership Program to help retirees become engaged and make a difference in the community. Pat serves on the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is an active member of the National Speakers Association and teaches college and community classes.
Pat has received many awards, including the Leadership Fairfax Community Trustee Award, Herndon Rotary Club Citizen of the Year (2008), and the March of Dimes Heroines of Washington Lifetime Achievement Award (2015). Pat is the author of Say The Right Thing, a guidebook to approaching 40 challenging situations, such as visiting elders, people in grief and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.