Pat has worked and volunteered for her state and community. Pat is a founder of Hospice of Pella. She has worked as a clinical social worker for 25 years helping individuals, children and troubled families throughout Iowa. She has worked for Capstone Behavioral Health in Newton for 10 years. Pat was an Adjunct Professor for 6 years with DMACC-Newton. Pat has volunteered for her community with many organizations and causes, from the League of Women Voters to the Union Street Players and the Pella Community Theater. She recently completed a 6 month term as Chairman of the Marion County Democratic Party Central Committee, where she has been a member for two years. She has been a delegate to county and State conventions, and poll watcher for Pella precinct #3. She was the Democratic candidate for State Representative in 2008 in District 71.
Pat grew up in Des Moines, and is a fifth generation Iowan. She graduated from Des Moines Roosevelt High School, obtained her BA in Sociology/Criminology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa. She has been married to Arvin for 38+ years and they have lived in Pella for 33 years. The VanZante’s have two grown married children, Libby & Jason Kyte, Peter & Elle VanZante and two grandchildren Riley & Eleanor Kyte.
Pat brings a wide range of interests, knowledge and experience to all her endeavors. Her extensive and eclectic background will make her a responsive, progressive, and forward looking representative for Iowa and her House District.