Paula became the first Director of Scholarship Programs at the Ammon Foundation in January 2018. During her time with the Foundation, she created the blueprints for the Ammon Recovery Scholars Program, the Recover Out Loud Leadership Summit and the Community Engagement Initiative.
A native of New Jersey, with Puerto Rican roots, she has served as a counselor, mentor, advisor, and administrator tackling some of the most pressing issues of social justice in the community for over 25 years. Her experience has been primarily in non-profit organizations and higher education.
Paula earned her B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Exercise Science and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University.
Paula came to the Ammon Foundation from The College of New Jersey where she served as the Associate Director and then the Director of Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement from 2008-2018. Under Paula’s leadership and working with a team, Paula helped facilitate experiences for over 300 Bonner Scholars and 11,500 TCNJ students, logging all together over 100,000 hours of community service. During her time at TCNJ, she led four service delegations to Nicaragua, established the first community garden at the College, provided platforms for the community to regularly discuss social justice issues and largely expanded programs in her department. In 2016, Paula and her team were recipients of TCNJ’s Helen Shaw Staff Excellence & Special Achievement Award.
Prior to that position, Paula worked in non-profit organizations in New Jersey and Massachusets, from 1995 – 2008. Paula was a founding member of El Centro de Recursos para Familias, a Catholic Charities program in Trenton, NJ. Her connection to Womanspace, Inc. dates back to 1995 and she credits that experience as opening doors to her career. Paula’s passion is working with organizations that help inspire and motivate people to achieve their highest potential, increase their own power and achieve personal success. Her career, in both administration and direct service, has provided her the privilege to work with family and children’s services, recent immigrants, and survivors of interpersonal violence.
Paula loves to write and has been journaling most of her life. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and near her sister and mother; they are the cornerstone of her life. In the Fall of 2018, she enjoyed teaching a course connected to the history of Puerto Rico at TCNJ.