Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes was recently appointed as the Veteran Experience Relationship Manager in Alabama for the Southeast District with the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Previously, she served as the Associate Director of the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center since 2011. Prior to this position, she served as an Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director, Human Resource Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations), and Certified Recreation Therapist in VA over the past 10 years. Prior to joining VA, Ms. Stokes’ employment experience included Senior Adjudicator and Trainer for Disability Determination Services of the State of Alabama from 2001 to 2006; Assistant Director of the Montgomery Therapeutic Recreation Center with the City of Montgomery, Alabama, from 1998 to 2001; Executive Director of the Montgomery Area Non-Equestrians (a non-profit therapeutic horse-backing riding organization for individuals with disabilities) from 1999 to 2001; and Certified Recreation Therapist for Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority from 1997 to 1998. Her experience also includes a judicial internship with the Office of Hearings and Appeals with the Social Security Administration, Birmingham, Alabama, and a clinical internship at Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Ms. Stokes earned a Master of Science degree and a Juris Doctor degree, and she maintains licensure with the Alabama State Bar. Ms. Stokes is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership VA. She is a proud wife and mother and is actively involved in her community.