Patti Garibay, national executive director of the faith-based organization, American Heritage Girls, talks about how the organization began and how today it is helping girls.
Patti Garibay is founder and Executive Director of the national character development organization, the American Heritage Girls. Educated at the Ohio State University with a major in secondary education and French, Patti shares a love of history and youth.
Patti and her husband Pat, of thirty-six years, are blessed with four grown children, three girls and a boy, five grandsons and two granddaughters. While a stay at home mom, raising her children, Patti served in a variety of capacities as a volunteer. Church, school and scouts were the outlets for Patti’s volunteer service. She served as a Girl Scout volunteer for over twelve years receiving numerous recognitions for outstanding performance as a recruiter and troop leader.
Patti and her four siblings were raised by a disabled father, who lived with MS for forty years before his death in 2004. His encouraging attitude of “Why curse the darkness when you can light a candle?” inspired Patti as she founded the faith-based inter-denominational alternative to the Girl Scouts, the American Heritage Girls in 1995. She served the organization as its first President and Executive Director. She also served as a Unit Leader for AHG for nine years. It is her distinct pleasure to serve as the director of the God-appointed ministry of the 20-year-old American Heritage Girls.