Paula started at the University of Puget Sound in September 1997 as the secretary in the Department of Student Activities. She currently is the Administrative Assistant in the Dean of Students Office in Wheelock Student Center. Born and raised in Tacoma, Paula worked for the Treasurer and Credit Manager at a local food processing plant until the birth of her first child. While at home she had her own business as a freelance secretary to clients around the United States. She and her husband have three children.