Our Volunteers


The Fund was founded by young LGBTQ+ people passionate about serving their community. Contact us to learn more or join the team.

Olivia Staples

Social Media
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Mia Reid

Social Media
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Zofia Provizer

Communications
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Jesse Arsenault

I.T. & Web

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Colleen Murphy

Social Media
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Jasper Martin

Art & Design
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Our Board of Directors


Paula’s family is committed to governing her namesake Memorial Fund with integrity, transparency, and the highest ethical standards.

Cas ford martin

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Cas Ford Martin is Paula’s son. He graduated from Smith College in 2019, where he studied Music and Education. In addition to his musical pursuits, Cas has been working as a writer and editor within the nonprofit sector since 2010. LGBTQ+ rights and equitable education policy are extremely important to Cas; he and his brother Jasper are both proud transgender men. As an independent grant writer, nonprofit consultant, and graduate fellow at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, Cas resides in the foothills of Western Massachusetts with his partner Jesse and their beloved cat, Benjamin.

marlo kysiak

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Marlo Ford Kysiak is Paula’s older sister. She is also a proud advocate for equal rights for people of all gender identities. Marlo graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from San Antonio, Texas, and has worked in media, corporate, and non-profit communications for more than thirty years now. Marlo currently lives with her husband Jim in Fort Worth, Texas. They have three children (Jayme, Matt, and Jesse) and enjoy spending time with family and their cumulative cats and dogs.

Paula and Tim

tim hemhauser

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Tim Hemhauser is Paula’s husband and caregiver; he fiercely advocated for her during the last five years of her life. A New Jersey native raised in Connecticut, Tim has dedicated his life to service work in the electrical field. He rose through the ranks of Eversource from lineman to his current role as Chief Substation Supervisor. Tim resides in Old Saybrook, CT, with his stepson Jasper; Jasper’s partner Nick; and, of course, the beasts: Nellie the cat and Sunny the pitbull. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society through his studies at Bismarck State College.

mary ford

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Mary Ford is Paula’s mother. Based in the Chicagoland area throughout her life, Mary raised her two children as a single working mother in conjunction with her full-time career in sales. She graduated from Monmouth College in Illinois and is still an active member of its alumnae associations. Following her retirement, Mary spent several years living in Connecticut, where she took care of her daughter towards the end of her life. Mary currently lives in Huntley, Illinois, where she balances a vibrant social life with her dedication to Paula’s nonprofit organization.