Paula Devine and her husband Art have lived in Glendale 34 years. Paula retired 14 years ago, after 33 years of secondary teaching, and began her life as a community volunteer. She was the first Girls’ Athletic Director at San Gabriel High School in Alhambra after the passage of Title IX. During her career as an educator she was a teacher, coach, department chair, and Keywanette Sponsor (Kiwanis teen affiliate). She holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration.
Paula’s community service career began in 2001 at the City of Hope Research and Medical Center where she worked in the Positive Image Center assisting and supporting cancer patients dealing with side effects of cancer treatment. She also volunteered with the Glendale Relay for Life for five years, serving as committee chair for ceremonies and sponsorships. Paula was given special recognition from the American Cancer Society for her support and dedication to eliminating cancer. She also volunteered at the City of Hope for Survivors Day, Walk for Hope, and the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in Temecula.
Paula’s service to our community also includes:
- President of Soroptimist International of Glendale. The Soroptimists’ provide support to women and girls in our community. Through this organization, in addition to many other projects, Paula has supplied and served meals at the local homeless shelter, Ascencia.
- Board Member of the Glendale Police Foundation. The Foundation supports the Glendale Police Department in many ways, including funding the K-9 Unit and dispersing grants for special equipment not funded in the Department’s budget.
- Board Member of Glendale Healthy Kids. Glendale Healthy Kids’ mission is to insure that every uninsured or under-insured child has access to medical care. They work closely with the Glendale Unified School District.
- Advisory Board member of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The Board’s mission is to keep the hospital’s administration advised about the Medical Center’s impact on the community.
- Advisory Board Member of the Desi Geestman Foundation. The Foundation’s goal is to provide financial assistance to children and their families who are dealing with cancer.
Paula is currently a member of the Glendale City Council and past Chair of the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, on which she has served for eight years. Paula initiated the CPR Program (Commission Project Rescue) which provides the Glendale Police Department with funds to pay for temporary emergency housing for Domestic Violence victims. Through this commission, Paula served on the Safe Family Task Force and the Stop Bullying Coalition. Her work on the commission also included promoting and supporting many programs such as Senator Carol Liu’s Pathways Program (with a focus on financial literacy), the Camp Rosie summer program for teen girls, Vigils for Domestic Violence victims and rallies against Sexual Assault. Paula is also a member of Kiwanis Club of Glendale, the Women’s Civic League and Glendale Arts.
Paula has received the Adam Schiff Woman of the Year Award, the YWCA Women of Heart and Excellence Award, the Business Life Magazine’s Women Achievers Award, the Glendale Adventist Hospital’s Flame of Hope Award, the Citizen of the Year Award from the Glendale Board of Realtors, the Person of the Year Award from Mark Keppel PTA and the 2014 Woman of Achievement Award from Sunset District of Business and Professional Women. She is gratified and pleased that she has had the opportunity to make a difference in Glendale and looks forward to continuing her service to the community as a member of the city council.