Pat Ripple, a certified public accountant, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Mount Union College and a master's in taxation at the University of Akron.

During her business career that began in 1978, Pat worked for four leading companies – Ernst & Whinney, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, American Greetings Corporation and Esmet Inc. At American Greetings she rose to senior vice president and at Esmet served as chief financial officer.

Pat joined SCORE in 2002 and has served as chair of the Canton Chapter. She currently serves as an associate district director and as a member of SCORE’s National Advisory Council.

An avid sailor, she is a member of the Sailing Buckeye Yacht Club, is a racing sailor and with husband Jim spends four months each year on their sailboat in the southern Caribbean.