Paula is responsible for day-to-day operations of the finance department. She coordinates and manages the Foundation’s accounting function for the accuracy and maintenance of the ledger accounts and resultant financial statements. She also is responsible for daily cash management, financial budgeting and reporting, recording of investment activity, coordinating the annual audit and preparation of financial worksheets for the annual audit and 990PF tax return and management of payroll, accounts payable, grant compliance procedures, commercial insurance and the internal control document.
Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from The College of St. Scholastica and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) from the Not-for-Profit Services Association (NSA), and worked at an accounting firm and in banking before joining the Foundation staff. She is a member of the Nonprofit Financial Group of the North and the Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG).
A native of Grand Rapids, Paula enjoys volunteering at various community events. She sees a vibrant community as a place with opportunities for all children, living wage jobs and a strong economy, and a sense of community where people lend a helping hand.