Doctor Trillitye “Trill” Paullin is among the first ten participants in the Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program’s inaugural Master’s Program that launched in Fall 2020. Dr. Paullin is currently serving her 14th year in the Army National Guard. While serving, she received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and founded Free to Feed, an organization dedicated to finding solutions for parents of food intolerant infants.
In her own words, Dr. Paullin shares the story of how she was able to overcome her troubled childhood to serve our nation and start her own company.
“Instead of a legacy, my family passed down generations of physical and sexual abuse. I wanted more for my children than hospitals, foster homes, and courthouses. I dreamed of a day when I could provide unity, support, and stability for my family. Throughout my adolescent years, I often thought about my future. I decided the only way to achieve my dreams was to continue my education beyond high school and to surround myself with highly successful and motivated individuals. The means to accomplish this occurred during my last semester of high school when an Army National Guard recruiter visited my school. At only seventeen, I enlisted in the National Guard, and I am proud to say that I am still serving today.
“At nineteen years old, I deployed to Iraq. I was faced with the harsh realization that the country to which I was deployed did not share the freedoms that I had experienced in my life. Consequently, I witnessed true adversity as I was thrust into a world where poverty, hunger, and rampant disease were a part of everyday life.
“Being one of the few women in the country to serve in the military has proven to be an integral part of my identity. I discovered that the abuse inflicted upon me as a child does not define the woman I am today. I have overcome my past and will continue to make a difference in the lives of others. The military has given me the strength to shed the yoke of abuse and focus on the amazing career and philanthropic opportunities that await.
“After returning from overseas, I made it my mission to take full advantage of the freedom afforded to me in the United States. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology. My passion as a Scientist and mother of two daughters with food allergies led to me founding Free to Feed, Inc. F2F creates science-based content for breastfeeding through allergies and is developing products to empower parents. We have patented the technology for mothers to analyze their breast milk for allergen proteins. We are excited about our progress and honored to be a part of the PenFed Foundation Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program. Together, we are working towards ensuring that mothers can be Free to Feed.”