Published On: Thu, Jun 30th, 2022

Elen de Paula, Deputy Director of Fuller Center, Graduates from Leadership Boca 2022

Tim Snow, Elen de Paula and Troy McLellan

Boca Raton, FL — Fuller Center, a not-for-profit organization focused on empowering children and families through education and family support, announced that Elen de Paula, Deputy Director, has graduated from Leadership Boca 2022, a program of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce that educates civic-minded individuals in the greater Boca Raton area on issues and concerns facing the community through a 10-session program. The future of our community depends on well-informed and involved leaders.

“The knowledge that Elen gained by attending and graduating from Leadership Boca will definitely help shape our organization,” said Ellyn Okrent, CEO of the Fuller Center,  “The connections that she made during the 10-week program will make a difference for us as well.”

Prior to joining Fuller Center, de Paula was with Arvorie as Business Development and Partnership Director. Before that, she was Executive Director of United Way in São Paulo, Brazil. She was also General Manager of The Caryle Foundation and Program Manager of Communidade Educativa Cedac, both in Brazil.

For more information about the Fuller Center and ways to support the children, faculty, and staff, please email Mary Coleman, Director of Communications & Marketing, at

About the Fuller Center

For more than 50 years, the Fuller Center’s mission has been to embrace, educate, and empower hardworking, under-resourced families and children to reach their full potential. We build a positive future through education for the more than 900 children (infants through teens) that we serve annually, as well as 600 family members. The Fuller Center reaches families in 20 zip codes throughout Palm Beach County, as well as North Broward County.

Almost all Fuller Center working parents – 92% – serve as essential or frontline workers, working in hospitals, retail outlets, restaurants, and hotels. They are our bus drivers, store clerks and cashiers, farmworkers, delivery drivers, security guards, bank tellers, office workers, healthcare workers, and home health aides, hospital orderlies and cafeteria workers, and childcare and eldercare workers.

Our programs help empower children to start school prepared, succeed academically, and break the generational cycle of poverty through quality early childhood education, after-school and summer camp programs, our new private elementary school and teen leadership programs, and comprehensive, family-centered support services. They also empower parents who are essential to keeping our local economy open and who provide the vital services we all count on.

The Fuller Center also offers mentoring programs and adult on-the-job training, coaching, and employment support, and no-cost transportation from 12 area schools to our campus-based after-school programs. We serve more than 1,800 nutritious meals and snacks daily.

In addition, Fuller Center provides opportunities for local colleges and universities to place undergraduate and graduate students in internships and child development practicums.

East Campus: 200 NE 14th Street, Boca Raton

West Campus: 10130 185th Street South, Boca Raton

Facebook:  @fullercenterfl

Instagram: @fullercenterfl

Leadership Boca Class of 2022

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