Gary Sinise Foundation

Paula Stockert

Paula Stockert

Paula Stockert was born and raised in Canton, Ohio where her 43-year career in consumer package goods began as a route driver. Paula attended night school at Akron University and earned her bachelors degree in Business Administration.

Paula spent the first 16-years of her career with Frito Lay where she held various leadership positions and was selected as the National Trainer for Frito Lay’s Excellence in Leadership course(s). She went on to spend the next 14-years at Kellogg’s where she received the “Ernie” award for delivering the best sales and profits for her region. Through the years of progression, Paula’s roles as VP of Sales at both Snyder’s Lance and LaTortilla Factory provided her the opportunity to demonstrate both her strategic and servant leadership while embracing her team’s overall talent.

Paula’s inspiration to help others is credited to both her father and brother. Her father served as a volunteer firefighter and exemplified the characteristics of a caring, supportive, and loving man who set the precedence for serving others. Tragically, when Paula was 12 years old, both of her parents were killed in a car accident and she went on to live with her sister, brother-in-law, and their four children. Her brother served in the U.S. Navy for 4-years and in the U.S. Air Force for 17-years; he retired as a Chief Master Sergeant at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Fairborn, Ohio. Paula’s brother passed away in June 2021 after his 3-year battle with Cancer. Both Paula’s father and brother inspired her passion to serve both the military and first responder communities.

Paula currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where she enjoys boating, pickleball, and relaxing vacations with her family and friends.