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Paula Coffer grew up in a small town in the deserts of New Mexico. She left to see the world and discover her true self. Two WestPac cruises to Vietnam with the US Navy and a career with the US Army as a Finance Officer that ended when the crossroads of her life reached such a fervor that a change was required. An additional two decades of progressively challenging careers found her advising General Officers, US Embassy officials and foreign diplomats as she endeavored to build the financial infrastructure of the Afghanistan National Police. Her work with the United Nations in Kabul, Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior would prove invaluable to the efforts of the United States in ensuring the taxpayer dollar was properly accounted for. All these accomplishments were achieved while fighting her demons inside and the discrimination within our society. Estranged from her family with no role models to rely on for help she forged the battlefield of prejudice as she educated others and opened doors for many she’ll never meet. This is her story gleaned from old letters, diaries and journals that take you on the emotional roller coaster ride that most of us could never imagine. For those that are experiencing this same emotional turmoil and their families it is Paula’s desire that this book will give you an understanding to help you navigate this journey. After all, isn’t happiness and love all that we truly desire?
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Paula brings a background and history of executive business management and leadership. Having attained her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree and coupled with her 40 years of business experience, she uses this combined knowledge and experience to create a better working environment. A highly energetic, pragmatic leader with more than 35 years of success directing multifaceted domestic and international operations and facilities. An innovative solution-oriented troubleshooter, with extensive hands-on experience in strategic planning and programming, financial control and budget management, policy and standards establishment, and effective manpower utilization and evaluation. In a continuing quest to increase her knowledge and experience, Paula has continually sought challenging positions as evidenced when serving as a Federal Examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), as an Anti-money Laundering Revenue Agent for the Internal Revenue Service, as a College Professor, as a Director of Finance and Administration for Job Corps and as a US Army Finance Officer. Finally Paula served as a Mentor to the Chief of Financial Management (Budget Development), Ministry of Interior (MOI), for NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan before advising the Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Security Training Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A). In this position she represented the United States military command, the US Embassy while interacting with Foreign Diplomats and the United Nations.
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