Paula Heller

Vice President of People and Culture
Vice President of People and Culture

Paula Heller joined Kripalu in 2017 as the Vice President of People and Culture. In this role, Paula leads the overall Human Resources strategy and people initiatives that create alignment with the mission, vision, core values, and culture of the organization. 

Paula’s professional career spans more than 20 years, with an emphasis on human resources, leadership, strategy, and community involvement. She is particularly committed to strategic initiatives that support employee engagement, leadership development, and organizational culture, all with a specific focus on the employee experience.

Paula's passions revolve around women in business, mentoring, and the HR profession. A strong advocate of community involvement, she has served on many boards and chaired a variety of groups; participated in numerous community events and professional panels; and contributed to various professional articles throughout the years. 

Paula received her MBA from Sage Graduate School and her BS degree from SUNY Geneseo. She has held her SPHR certification since 2006. She is a graduate of various leadership programs and the recipient of the Capital District Business Review’s 40 Under 40 Award. 

Outside of work, you’ll find Paula and her husband watching their 11-year-old son at the baseball field. She loves being surrounded by family and friends, and is a firm believer in the benefits of daily journaling and meditation.