Paij, a successful business woman, with degrees in business and engineering, has a background in both large and small business as well as education.
Her background includes international work with governments and the private sector at the highest levels. She has proven her ability to deal with politically charged, complex issues through her international work as well as working with U.S. government agencies including the Department of State, Department of Defense, and the National Security Agency among others.
Her steady, analytical approach makes her uniquely qualified to represent the citizens of the United States of America.
Paij can trace her family roots to Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia.
Her maternal grandfather moved from Latrobe, Pennsylvania with his family to Penalosa, Kansas in the 1880s where they farmed, operated a cane mill and lived in a sod house. At age 24 he bought a strawberry roan pony from local Indians for $40 in silver and with some friends rode from Penalosa, Kansas to Oklahoma to ride in the land run of April 1892 on the Cheyenne-Arapahoe Strip. Prior to the race he met a man with no horse. He carried his boots and the man held on to the roan pony's tail as he ran. When the man reached the land he wanted Paij's grandfather threw his boots to him. He then raced on to the land he had determined he wanted prior to the race, staked his claim near present day Kingfisher, OK and single handedly defended his claim against would be claim jumpers in a gunfight. He built a house and barn and farmed the land he claimed.
Paij's paternal great grandfather, Dr. Jesse Boring, was a lawyer, preacher and doctor in Georgia and Texas. He was instrumental in establishing the Orphans Home in Georgia in 1871 following the American Civil War which left many children crippled and orphaned. In 1871 the Orphans Home was established as an institution of the Georgia Methodist - Episcopal Church and has become the present day Methodist Children's Home in Decatur, GA.
Paij's father grew up in Gonzales, Texas. Upon high school graduation was accepted at the Naval Academy but subsequently was declined admission due to "an undetermined health issue" which later turned out to be a kidney stone. Pulling himself together after this crushing disappointment, he joined the Navy and was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. As radioman, he ran across the compound the morning of December 7, 1941 as aircraft strafed the ground, making his way to the radio room where he sent the message to all submarines off the coast of Hawaii: "This is not a drill. Dive. Pearl Harbor is under attack". After the war he joined Boeing Aircraft Company where he became the Boeing Test Integration Manager for the Apollo 11 spacecraft for its historical first lunar landing.