Kreyolicious: Did you feel any parental pressure to excel?
Nurse Patti: Because school was easy, I never really felt pressure to excel, but when I was in college my father died and despite getting into the nursing program at FAMU early I always wished he could see me graduate with a college degree.
My pressure to excel came from within, I always wanted to make my parents proud because I wasn’t exactly a good child, although my father thought I was perfect, with my bad behavior and all. My dad used to call me the rebel.
Kreyolicious: Managing a nonprofit foundation is a great responsibility. When you come across moments of frustration, or face obstacles, what tactics have you used to overcome them?
Nurse Patti: Anything great in life comes with great responsibility and frustration, managing a non-profit is no different.
I have a amazing support system with in my family and close friends, and I have a great relationship with God. those are all the tactics I need.
Kreyolicious: What are you most proud of where the foundation is concerned?
Nurse Patti: I’m most proud of having the courage to start a foundation, with no funding and no paid employees while working and attending school full -time and still have it be recognized as a reputable organization in the community with less then one year in business.
Kreyolicious: Where do you hope to take the Lafontant Foundation?
Nurse Patti: I hope to take the Foundation as far as it can go. I want my foundation to truly impact lives in such a way that the very people who benefited from its efforts feel compelled to do the same thing for someone else.
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Last Updated on February 10, 2023 by kreyolicious