Governance Committee Chair 2019-2020
Paula Perkins is an expert in developing nonprofit organizations from inception to impact. Developing trust through direct conversations with a deep respect for confidentiality has made Paula a star communicator for both AJLI and her local League, the Junior League of Wichita Falls. Paula continually demonstrates a keen sense of purpose and meaning in her work with a strong commitment to improving communities through direct action.
Having joined the Junior League of Wichita Falls as a provisional member in 2000, Paula has served in a number of leadership roles within the League. As President in 2009–2010, Paula directed efforts toward an intensive, League-wide leadership development program and led member education through a historic review of 40 years of service with AJLI. Paula has served on JLWF’s Board of Directors, Nominating Committee and Finance Council as a Sustaining Advisor. She was awarded Member of the Year, the Special Award (the League’s highest honor) and Sustainer of Merit.
Paula has played a significant role on the Association level as part of the Nominating Committee and the Governance Structure Task Force in which she studied issues and best practices related to AJLI governance, conducted conversations across the Association and presented formal recommendations to the Board of Directors for action, resulting in adaptations to AJLI’s operational structure.
Paula successfully maps her Junior League skills to her professional and nonprofit work, chairing boards and leading community initiatives for a vast array of organizations, including the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, Empty Bowls Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra.
Paula is a recipient of the Board Certification in Pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association, a distinction accomplished by less than 1% of all occupational therapists nationally. She is currently an Education Specialist at Region 9 Education Service Center, championing special education initiatives surrounding Family Engagement, Disproportionality, Assistive Technology, and Related Services.
She received both her BS (Magna Cum Laude) and MA in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University.