Elizabeth co-founded College Bound with her husband, Gerald Paulus, and serves as the Executive Director.
She is a 31-year US Army veteran, a retired Lieutenant Colonel who started in the Women’s Army Corps, and airborne qualified.
She left active duty to move to Phoenix, where she has lived for 40 years. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and went on to become an environmental specialist at the City of Phoenix. She returned to college at Upper Iowa University for her master’s degree in Education in 2017.
She designed and trademarked RISE Scholars, a college access program being implemented at the East Valley Institute of Technology since 2018.
Liz has documented and submitted multiple veterans’ stories to the Library of Congress, is on the EVIT Foundation Board, in the Mesa Sister Cities, Mesa Rotary, and is part of the Mesa West Rotary McKinney-Vento Project.
For her volunteer work through College Bound AZ that has resulted in lifting families out of poverty, in 2023 Liz was awarded the Calvin C. Goode – MLK Lifetime Achievement Award at the AZ MLK Awards Celebration.