Paula Foster | Board Member

A social worker with many years of experience, Paula has worked in a variety of culturally diverse settings both here in Nashville as well as in her 13 years in New York City.   

As a volunteer, Paula was actively involved in fundraising efforts for the NYC Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center as chair of multiple event planning committees receiving the Heart of The Center award in 1997. After receiving her Master’s degree in social work, Paula began working in the field of HIV/AIDS, continuing this work after moving to Nashville in 2001 as the Director of Emotional & Practical Support for Nashville CARES, Tennessee’s leading provider of community based social services for people living with HIV/AIDS.  She has also served as a Co-chair of the Ryan White Part A Planning Council for the Metro-Nashville Transitional Grant Area, providing input regarding the funding of services to the HIV/AIDS service community.  

Paula has been an adjunct instructor in the Social Work department at Tennessee State  

University and the University of Tennessee’s School of Social Work, Nashville campus.  Most recently, Paula was a practicing faculty member at Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing, for the Vanderbilt Program in Inter-professional Learning. She is a past President of the Board of Directors for NASW-TN and recently finished her term as the Region VII Representative to the national board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, DC.   

Paula is a trainer with the HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project of NASW and has developed extensive educational workshops for social workers throughout the state of Tennessee.  In 2011, she was honored as Tennessee’s Social Worker of the Year.