Team Member Highlight: Paul Heder
“Paul is always willing to help, no matter the situation.” “He’s been a great support to all departments and residents.” “He has such a kind and giving way about him!” These are just a few of the many complimentary remarks made about Paul by the Kensington Park management team in the short time he’s been with our community.
Paul joined our Memory Care team in February 2018 and wears many hats—activities assistant in the Connections and Haven communities, Brain Fitness facilitator, concierge and even driver at times. He most enjoys seeing residents smile while engaged in activities and conversations. He also appreciates the breadth of experience, depth of commitment, and dedication to teamwork that’s so evident here at Kensington Park. His advice to new hires would be to enjoy the moments they share getting to know the residents.
His parents met in a church in Chevy Chase, Maryland, when his father was stationed at Ft. Meade with the Air Force. Paul was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the fifth of six children—two boys and four girls. His family moved to Bridgeville, Delaware, when he was four. He studied Spanish education at the University of Delaware, where he graduated in 2010. Paul and his wife celebrated their third wedding anniversary on July 25. Together they enjoy languages, cultures, travel, and outdoor activities.
Did you know that Paul is also an officer in the Army National Guard? He considers attending and graduating from officer candidate school his greatest challenge and achievement. Paul is a happy guy who enjoys making people smile and seeks to improve himself and others. He also happens to look a little like Bruce Willis. He describes himself as kind, personable, and hard working. He loves all Mexican food, especially tacos or enchiladas and his favorite sweet treat, Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Fudgy Brownies with ice cream. “My greatest fear?,” Paul muses. “A world without Ghirardelli Brownies!”
He likes exercising, biking, traveling and spending time with his family. He enjoys listening to Imagine Dragons on his iPhone and says that, if he were to win the lottery, he would buy a house in Kensington! Paul says he can’t live without love and purpose and is happiest when he feels appreciated, has a goal, and when “…my thoughts, words, and actions are in harmony.” (Gandhi)
Paul aspires to be a full-time medical officer in the Army, and looks forward to one day enjoying a life like his dad now has—retired, enjoying his grandkids and going wherever, whenever he wants. In his short time here at Kensington Park he has had such a positive impact on our community. We want to thank him and honor him with this recognition of his heartfelt service to our residents.