Thank you to everyone who attended our 2022 Gala & Silent Auction on May 19 at Spring Mill Country Club. The evening was wonderful as we wished our founder Joan Reading, MSW, a well-deserved happy retirement.
Congratulations to our board of directors, staff members and volunteers who organized this fundraising event – our first in several years – and to our sponsors listed below, as well as our silent auction donors. Your contributions enable us to help the community through credit, debt, housing and other counseling, so they can become debt free and thrive.
David & Loraine Breidinger
Wehrung’s Family of Businesses
Curtin & Heefner
Penn Community Bank
First National Bank of Newtown
Charles Leon Insurance
Ryan Fuller, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Aret Kalayjian, Robert Szwajkos, Board Members
Joan Reading, Founder and President
Paula Powers-Watts, Executive Director
In 2021, Paula was named Executive Director of Credit Counseling Center. She joined the organization in 2008 as a Credit Counselor and was quickly promoted to Director of Housing Counseling in 2009. Paula is a firm believer that each client is a representation of a family whose lives, financial challenges, and needs are important.
She developed and still leads the Center’s Foreclosure Prevention program; and has partnered with the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas Foreclosure Diversion Program. Her keen focus on making a positive impact in the community has generated numerous program collaborations with the United Way of Bucks County and a multitude of social service organizations in the region.
Previously, Paula served 21 on Active Duty in the US Air Force. Initially serving as a combat photographer and finishing the second half of her career as a recruiter, leading to the position of Flight Chief. Highly decorated, she has received awards from the Air Force and the Department of Defense.
An active leader in the Bucks County community, Paula donates her time annually as a board member for the annual Congressional Service Academy Nomination Interviews under the office of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. She is an active Chamber member in Lower Bucks, BucksMont, and Upper Bucks, advocates for financial literacy education opportunities at venues servicing low/moderate income consumers and senior citizen organizations.