Meet the Team: Paula Mark, Bookkeeper
Paula Mark has been JM Construction’s primary bookkeeper on and off for the last 18 years. Her responsibilities include all aspects of accounts payable, processing clients’ payments, reconciling accounts, and running payroll for the company. She is a part-time employee at JM Construction who also serves as bookkeeper for her husband’s electrical business, as well as working for a local horticultural business when her time allows. She also manages to volunteer for an organization called Trucker Charity Inc., a charity who supports truckers and those involved with them.
Her prior work experience includes accounting, accounts receivable, and payroll responsibilities for Lista International (now Stanley Black and Decker). Before that she was an assistant executive director at the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society and Northeast Osteopathic Consortium.
Paula, her husband, and their three children live in Holliston. Sixteen years ago, they built their dream home on a piece of land that has been in her husband’s family and would accommodate their desire for a family farm. They tested the waters with chickens as well as honeybees and then added alpacas. Her daughters then coerced them into getting horses. The farm requires help from the entire family to keep things running smoothly. They sell eggs, honey, jellies and jams, and herbal products on the honor system at the end of their long dirt driveway.
In the summer, they hold camps at their farm to reconnect kids with nature. One memorable camp project involved building fairy houses. They have also worked with a local organization called Ben Speaks and have been a part of previous camps through them. They will hold more camps this summer to nurture children’s relationship with the world around them (rather than their smartphones)! In the past Paula has been a local Girl Scout leader as well as a 4H leader, and served on the local agricultural commission for a few years.
What is next for Paula Mark and her family? They are nearing completion of a new barn, which will allow the farm to bring in a few horse boarders, as well as provide more space for the family’s hobbies. They all have big plans for the new space and are excited to share it with the community.
Paula loves to try new things. A few years ago, she took a class on soap making and has been making soap ever since. She is now teaching herself “fiber art,” where she processes, washes, and then felts alpaca fiber. She has also taken classes and is certified in energy healing, as well as plant medicine. When asked about her strengths, her answer came quickly, “I am really good at multitasking!” She would have to be with her interests, her jobs, summer camps, and the farm.
Like others on the JM Construction team, Paula Mark is a busy, involved person with many passions and interests. To learn more about our unique team, visit their bio pages on the Meet the Team page.