Patti Brady has been working as a Visitor Services Assistant with SJMA since 2012. She currently splits the position with MK Gunn. Patti actually joined SJMA’s efforts in Visitor Information over 18 years ago, prior to becoming a staff person, as a Volunteer Ambassador of the San Juan Public Lands Center in Durango for SJMA, San Juan National Forest and the Tres Rios BLM. Patti likes to joke around with SJMA that over 16 years of hard work of volunteering occurred before being hired on by SJMA.
She has been a certified trailer towing instructor for the San Juan NF/BLM, since 2001, and also is coordinator for the “Adopt A Road” program she started through SJMA 16 years ago.
Patti is originally from southern New Mexico and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. She founded a senior program for the state of New Mexico, called “Sacramento Mountains Senior Services, Inc.”, to support seniors with jobs and services. As you can see, Patti has never been a stranger to hard work. Even now, Patti not only works year-round at the SJPLC Visitor Front desk in Durango, but also spends her off-days patrolling for the Pagosa Ranger District as a volunteer (14 years) throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Patti is also very creative designing and painting a six-panel piece of art (8 ft. x 24 ft.) that was initially created for the SJNF Centennial Parade back in 2005, and is currently on display in the visitor area of the SJPLC. Patti is also currently working on a biography and plans to paint pictures of a variety of incidents discussed in her up and coming book. When she is not working, you’ll find Patti often, either camping or 4-wheeling on public lands. Patti’s late husband, Pete, was also a huge supporter of Public Lands and retired from the Lincoln National Forest Service in New Mexico. Patti has two sons, Sterling, who works for the BLM in California, and Troy, who lives and works in the Durango, area.