Patten joined Work Opportunities in 2015 as a Business Developer and is currently Director of the Seacoast office. As Director, he is responsible for providing support at job sites, developing quality community participation services, assisting vocational rehabilitation individuals in finding employment, and providing schools with pre-employment transitional services for students throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Before joining Work Opportunities, Patten held a number of positions in the restaurant industry over a period of twenty years that included executive chef, general manager of a major national restaurant franchise, exposition cooking class instructor, private chef, and wine buyer. However, it was during his experience as a supportive roommate that moved him into an entirely new career direction. For over five years, Patten has lived and worked with a fantastic individual who fostered the passion for Patten’s current life’s work.
Patten studied economics at the University of New Hampshire and enjoys spending his free time with his friends and family.