Born and raised in the Borough of Whitehall in Pittsburgh, Paula began working part-time as a page at the Whitehall Public Library in 1997, never realizing that it was the first step towards a whole new career. She made the decision to attend graduate school, and received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree in 2009. Shortly thereafter she became the Library Director.
During her tenure, the Library has acquired grant funds for a Senior Space, the creation of a Family Place in the Children’s Library, and funding for special programs and services for the Borough’s resettled refugee population.
In 2010 Paula became a certified English as a Second Language literacy tutor with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. She has served on numerous committees involving library service to special populations. Paula has received a Pittsburgh Pirates Community Champion Award and a national Jefferson Award for her volunteer work with Literacy Council and her efforts create increased public awareness around issues of diversity.
In 2013, the Whitehall Public Library received a$5,000 award from the Allegheny County Library Association for outstanding work in community engagement. In addition to its monthly LEARN Bus program, the Library has offered English conversation practice classes, citizenship training, and opportunities for participation in the local Fourth of July parade.
Paula is proud to serve the Borough of Whitehall. She welcomes and celebrates its unique diversity and currently serves as one of the Board of Directors at the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh.
BCAP is very grateful unto her and always appreciates her contributions.