Founder & Executive Director
Paula moved to Hudson to retire and write another book. She got hooked on girls and hasn't stopped thinking about Perfect Ten since the day it was born. She is involved in every aspect of the program, works with the girls almost everyday, and works with the school district and other community organizations to develop a broader network for Perfect Ten. Her past lives have included a career in advertising which led to the Presidency of a large New York agency, teaching at the university level, and authoring a published book. She has two independent children and a very cool husband. Paula is the original gritty girl.
Pamela is a visual and performing artist with a background in education. After traveling through eleven countries in North America, Europe and Africa, she has accumulated enriching influences of world cultures and developed a succinct appreciation for engaging in building of strong community dynamics. Mother of ten children and Grandmother of ten, Mrs. Badila continues to evolve in the purpose of guiding youth to their highest potential. Co-founder of the prestigious Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre with husband, Elombe Andre Badila. The family based ensemble produces live performances of traditional music, song, dance and folklife stories.
Emily is a perpetual seeker, often asking questions like: Who are we? Why are we here? What can we contribute? Upon graduating from Cornell University, Emily committed herself to exploring these questions. She found inspiration and perseverance in New York City through various creative communications endeavors. She found family and community while learning how to make damn good sourdough bread in New York's Finger Lakes region. She found commitment and patience working as a vegetable and flower farmer in the Hudson Valley. And, through experiences at a children's museum, various schools, and now at Perfect Ten, Emily found her passion for helping girls discover and uncover passion of their own. She embraces the opportunities to learn about each girl's personal journey, to prompt critical thought, and to help girls find acceptance and love towards themselves and others. Emily is humbled to share divine space with such divine young women.