Patrick is a 57-year-old Navy veteran who made a successful career in communications for many years. His last regular employment was as a program consultant in the public information department at the Kansas Department of Transportation, where in 2009,as the agency's first social media manager, he designed and launched the Kansas Transportation Online Community, which according to a researcher at the Pew Center was the first English-language government-operated online community, and quite possibly the first government-operated online community in the world. KTOC went on to play an important role in supporting KDOT's Local Consultations conducted in support of T-WORKS,the 10-year, $8 billion state transportation plan passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2010.
In 2012 Patrick was laid off at KDOT following a profound change in state government, and has been unable to find regular employment since then. In 2013 he lost his car and home and became homeless, which resulted in several months of uncomfortable couch-surfing and, finally, landing at the Lawrence Community Shelter. About six months after he ended up at the shelter he met Shine Adams,who shortly thereafter invited him to assist him in the online launch of his new business--Sun Cedar. Shine retained Patrick to generate copy for the business website, and to provide broad editorial support for his developing Kickstarter campaign. Eventually Patrick became so entwined in Sun Cedar's operations that he joined the company's board of directors, and has been active in our strategic planning ever since. The funds he earned from Sun Cedar have been an essential resource as he transits out of homelessness under the auspices of the Department of Veteran Affairs' HUD-VASH housing program.