Dr. Rosalie Wolf Award
2011-2012 Award Winner
Paula Mixson has contributed a great deal to the elder abuse field for many, many years.
Presently, she is an APS Consultant and Trainer; an Associate at arrangeCARE PC, a private care management practice; a Certified Validation® Group Practitioner; and a Certified National and Texas Guardian. For 23 years, she held various Positions in the Texas Adult Protective Services Program. She began as a social worker and worked her way up to Division Administrator for APS Strategic Planning and Program Support in state office of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. She retired from state service in August 2003. From 2006 – 2008, she was a Contributing editor to Victimization of the Elderly and the Disabled. She has authored over 20 publications on elder abuse, including a number that have appeared in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. She has also developed and presented elder abuse trainings in Texas, on a national level, and in Singapore and London.
Ms. Mixson’s involvement in elder abuse/elder rights organizations include:
- National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), ongoing
- NAPSA Board of Directors, 1996 – 2003
- National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA), 1986 – present; board member 2004 - present, currently Clerk
- Community Shares of Texas, board member, 2004 - 2008
- Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition, Secretary, 2004 – 2011
- Board Officer, Gray Panthers of Austin 1984 – 1999, 2004 - 2009
- National Board, Gray Panthers Project Fund, 1989 – 1991.
Ms. Mixson’s personal characteristics embody the ideals of Dr. Rosalie Wolf. She is kind, compassionate, generous, supportive of others, highly ethical and trustworthy, insightful and intelligent, and always willing to go out of her way to assist both colleagues and clients. She has volunteered countless hours of service over the years to numerous elder abuse projects, including the NIA-funded “Study of the Sexual Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in Institutions”, the 2011 NCPEA/Houston APS Regional Board Conference on Self-Neglect, and the NCPEA/Terra Nova Films production, “What We Can Learn From the Mary Northern Case,” to name a few. She has also contributed enormous volunteer work to the operation of both the National Adult Protective Services Association and the National Committee For The Prevention of Elder Abuse. NCPEA is pleased and honored to recognize Ms. Mixson’s many achievements and talents with her selection as the 2011-2012 Rosalie Wolf Awardee.