Patti Garibay is the Founder and Executive Director of the national character development organization, American Heritage Girls. Educated at The Ohio State University with majors in secondary education and French, Patti shares a love of history and youth.
Over her tenure with American Heritage Girls, Garibay has been featured across hundreds of nationally recognized media outlets, including Axis’ Parenting Teen Summit, Axis’ Online Homeschool Convention, FamilyLife Radio, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, and she was one of the first guests featured on James Dobson’s Family Talk. Garibay was named a woman of excellence by the West Chester – Liberty Chamber Alliance in 2004, was named a member of the American Family Association’s ‘40 Faithful’ in 2017, and was nominated and selected as a Woman of Influence through LEAD Magazine in 2017.
While a stay-at-home mom raising her children, Patti served in a variety of capacities as a volunteer. She served as a Girl Scout volunteer for over 12 years, receiving numerous recognitions for outstanding performance as a recruiter and troop leader.
Patti and her husband, Pat, are blessed with four grown children, three girls and a boy, six grandsons and three granddaughters. 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 interdenominational alternative to the Girl Scouts in 1995. She served American Heritage Girls as its first President and Executive Director. She also served as a Unit Leader for her AHG Troop for nine years.