Paul Kaczmarek is a Partnerships and Sourcing Officer for an international aid organization. Over his career, he has worked in internationally-focused roles. Previously, Paul facilitated sub grants to organizations in over 20 countries for Columbia University, and in the field of U.S. refugee resettlement in Boston and Washington, DC. He also managed grants at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington.
Paul has lived in several places, including Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where he taught English as a Second Language to members of the government judiciary. Currently he lives in Glens Falls, New York. He loves the pace of life and the close community in the North Country, not to mention the abundance of snow in the winter and beautiful seasonal weather year-round. Since 1998, Paul has taught English as a second language, mostly to students from Russia and Ukraine. He gained Russian language skills in college and attained a Master’s Degree in Russian Studies.
Paul was diagnosed with a pheochromocytoma in 2017 after three years of trying to get doctors’ attention to serious blood pressure highs and dizziness he was experiencing. After having both adrenal glands removed, he was diagnosed with a genetic mutation on the MAX gene in 2019. This came after having been diagnosed with epilepsy, type 1 diabetes, and celiac. Despite this unique set of health setbacks, Paul remains optimistic and manages things one day at a time.
Serving the Pheo Para Alliance as a moderator for monthly peer support meetings allows Paul to share his experiences and give people room to feel comfortable sharing their own concerns and grief.