Texas Tech University

Human Sciences Alumna Uses Unique Degree Combination to Advocate for Families Through Financial Services

Mallory Collins

October 18, 2022

Paula Moore

Paula Moore uses her background in Human Development and Family Sciences and Personal Financial Planning to help families navigate financial challenges as a law office partner

Paula Moore graduated from Texas Tech with her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies, now referred to as Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS). She then got her master's in Personal Financial Planning (PFP). Moore currently works as a partner at the Law Offices of Christy Lee. P.C.

In her role, Moore and her team represent individuals and businesses in various matters related to their taxes. This includes representation of clients in the U.S. Federal Tax Court before the IRS for audit and tax resolution, estate planning, and business organization. Moore says she enjoys her job because she gets to help people and their families. 

"Sometimes I help someone plan for their family's future and designate a guardian for their children in case of a family tragedy," Moore said. "Other times, I assist them in proactively planning tax strategies for their business or resolving their tax debt with the IRS. People come to us for help with overwhelming situations, and I walk through the legal system with them."

She knew from her time in college that she wanted to make an impact in people's lives. Moore has used both her Human Development and Family Sciences and Personal Financial Planning degrees to help individuals in her community. Specifically, she uses her knowledge in personal finance to support clients with their financial needs. 

"My understanding of personal financial planning allows me to see more of the big picture for my tax and estate planning clients," Moore said. 

Her background in Human Development and Family Sciences has helped not only in her professional life but in her personal life too. As a military spouse, she has volunteered for various other organizations supporting military spouses and children. Moore said her volunteer work in the military community shaped her personally and professionally.

"Every day, my knowledge of child development, family systems, marriage relationships, and family crisis was being used," Moore said.

In the Human Development and Family Sciences and Personal Financial Planning programs, students learn valuable life skills from experienced professionals. Moore was supported by faculty during her time at Texas Tech. She said she was prepared for her current role because of her professors in the HDFS and PFP programs. 

"The mentorship and encouragement I received from COHS staff and faculty were invaluable," Moore said. "The support led me to a career path I had not initially considered but now find very rewarding."