Outreach & Civic Engagement Specialist
Patrick grew up on Long Island to a hearing family. Mainstreamed all his life, he graduated from a mainstream high school in 2006 and earned his BA in American Sign Language with a minor in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina in 2015.
He is also a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPAAC). In his free time Patrick has completed several half Ironman triathlons, competed in open water swimming, walked 50 miles for the National MS Society, and performed with 200 other dancers during a Zumba halftime show at a Charlotte Hornets game. For his day job, he works as a catering cook for the Target Center and maintains supply at Panera's Catering hub.
“I’m excited to work with the Commission because the Commission strives to be active in maintaining access for persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing in the public sector of Minnesota.”- Patrick Vellia