After working as a commercial fisherman in Kodiak in the 80s while in college, Patrick Reinhart decided to move to Alaska in 1983 and has lived in Anchorage ever since. He joined the Governor’s Council in January, 2009 as the Business Industry Liaison then became the Planner / Director of Public Policy before becoming Executive Director in October 2014. Prior to joining the council, Patrick was the Executive Director of the Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) for 11 years. Here he worked on many joint projects with the Council, including the creation of Consumer-Directed Personal Care Assistance services, the Nursing Facility Transition project, the Working Disabled Medicaid Buy-In program, the start-up of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Alaska, and the launching of the Alaska Mobility Coalition. In 2006, Patrick received the Max Lyon Achievement Award for his work on the Alaska Mobility Coalition. Prior to that he was Executive Director of Challenge Alaska, an organization that provides sports and recreation opportunities for persons with disabilities and is currently serving as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Challenge Alaska. While working for Challenge Alaska he also participated in adaptive ski racing and led a group of persons with disabilities on a Denali Expedition. In 2011, Patrick received the Earl Walden Award for outstanding work in rural advocacy presented by the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living. Patrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Education from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Originally from Green Bay, he is an avowed “cheesehead” and loves to ski, hike, fish, and golf.