Paula Sirls is a native Detroiter, Graduating from Hazel Park High and later Ross Business Institute where she earned a certificate as a Computer Specialist in 1990. Mrs. Sirls also worked for many years as X-ray technician and an Office Manager assistant at Human Capability ending in 1997. There were a few jobs in between which would show her over commitment and compassion with working with people of all ages.
Mrs. Sirls is currently working with Gospel Against AIDS (GAA) as their Program Manager and has been since 2002. Shortly after she and her husband saw the need to open a heterosexual support group with a team of medical professionals from Detroit Receiving Hospital and other community based organizations. The Positive Support Organization (PSO) was created for people living with, their family members and caregivers. Since 2004, PSO continues to have the doors open. As a result of years of working in field of HIV/AIDS she also in 2005 became an assistant member of the Disability Council (MRC) along side her husband Felix, who was appointed by then Governor, Jennifer Granholm. The husband and wife team has also been very instrumental with community involvement, sitting on several Community Advisory Boards, being Co-Chair with MHAC, SEMHAC, Unified all 3 location and the Positive Perspective Speakers Bureau. The Sirls have had a great impact on men who are and were incarcerated through the Prison ministry with Gospel Against Aids (GAA), the also created a writing campaign to write the man behind bars and beyond. The Sirls have also partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) assisting with their surveillance team. With surveillance they are very involved in getting the community tested for HIV and gathering vital information that will help the community get to 0 infections and 0 diagnosis.
As of June 2019, Mrs. Sirls has had a successful liver transplant which she is continuing to heal from today, yet is still working from home under Doctors orders. They have 9 children, 25 grandchildren and 2 great grands. Mrs. Sirls is a singer and works beside her husband who is known throughout the community as a great poet. Together, giving the name the Dynamic Duo by the late Dr. Isabella Ryes, they thrive to spread the message that ONE can and will Live beyond their Diagnosis.