Biography of wife of Elias Tobias

Biography of wife of Elias Tobias

pattyhall.JPG Photo by Mike Hall

Patty Hall

With a need to be involved with other people and help make their lives better, Patricia J. (Patty) Hall has provided leadership in the organizations for which she has bee involved.
Her favorite things include: Country music and Merle Haggard is the best country singer-song writer around. Brad Paisley is a close second. Her favorite flower is a carnation, and she likes them red, of course.Her favorite things also include: watching the food channel and of course, the Chicago Cubs. Her favorite animals are goats since she used to raise them when she was younger. Her favorite things also include: travel to new places or places she prefers to go again and again. She loves the Texas Hill country and camping there. San Antonio is a great place, too. Every time she visits there, it’s different.

In Sept. of 2007, she accepted another position with Arbor Education and Training, L.L.C., a nationwide provider of workforce services, owned by ResCare, to work out of the Indianapolis, Indiana, office for a workforce project as a quality assurance specialist.  Arbor is one of the companies working with the state to provide a hybrid model to provide social services to Indiana residents.  Working out of the Indianapolis-office, she travels occasionally to centers around the state.

Before that, Patty Hall was the project director for three and half years and was responsible for the operation of the Texas Workforce Centers in Webb, Zapata and Jim Hogg counties.  This was been done through Arbor Education and Training, L.L.C., a nationwide provider of workforce services, owned by ResCare.   Her skills in management were also extended when Arbor E&T obtained the Child Care Services contract from the South Texas Workforce Development Board in October of 2006, adding one more center to her duties.

Her job as project director for the centers involved developing goals and objectives to meet designed plans while monitoring and implementing actions for these plans.  She was responsible for the effective communication and administration of policies, procedures and staff development.  Further, she ensured all center operations and services were provided in an effective and timely manner.

Hall has spent a lifetime developing the skills needed to complete her duties as an administrator, and like most managers, she began at the bottom.  Following a career in the food industry serving as a waitress, cook, bartender, and food manager for small businesses and for a national retail store, she was also a successful distributor for Home Interiors, a national home decoration company.

An accident forced her to change direction in her life.  Major knee surgery meant hours of working in restaurants was no longer an option, and through her recovery, she saw how much people need a variety of social services.  Bound and determined to get through her situation, she took a reminder of the accident to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where in December of 1993 she graduated with a Bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies.  While attending college, she met Michael Hall, who was on a two-year teaching certificate program.  They were married July 17, 1993 and they moved to Brownsville, Texas, where her husband had found a job teaching at a high school.

Hall began her career as a case manager with what was then the Department of Human Services/Texas Workforce Commission in Brownsville. As a case manager, she interviewed clients to assess service needs and employment potential, and developed their service plans. After determining their eligibility, she provided access to supportive services such as child care, transportation, education, training employment, and medical and family planning.  Going through a state reorganization, and privatization through two different companies, the red-head from Richmond, Indiana had reached the level of operations manager for ACS State and Local Solutions responsible for daily operation of five centers in the Rio Grande Valley.

In January of 2004, Hall was assigned to help get a new director for the Laredo Texas Workforce Center, since ACS had a new contract with the STWDB. While in town, she fell in love with Laredo and its people.  She was offered the position and happily accepted the new assignment.  She brought her husband, who was then working at the Brownsville Herald as a copy editor, to the Gateway city, where he continued his career in journalism with the Laredo Morning Times Business Journal editor.

On May 17, 2007, Hall was recognized by the San Antonio District Office of the Small Business Administration as the Women in Business Champion of the Year during a luncheon in San Antonio for her work with the Texas Workforce Center. She was given a plaque signed by Gov. Rick Perry.  Her company presented her with an award in recognition of the honor and was featured in company newsletters and flyers. She was later recognized in August of that year for her award during the annual Laredo Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year celebration. There she received additional awards from State Sen. Richard Raymond, the Small Business Committee of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, and the City of Laredo. Hall now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, Michael Hall, A.K.A. Elias Tobias.

pattyold1.jpg   Anchors Away! My dad takes me, my sister, Peggy and my brother, Mike, on a boat ride in 1956.

pattyold2.jpg    My high school graduation picture from Northeastern High School in Wayne County, Indiana in May, 1969.

pattyold3.jpg Mike and I were married July 17, 1993 in Richmond, Indiana during a fun, simple, and lovely wedding.

Meet Patty Hall with a video here.

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