Paula Baxley

Portsmouth Chapter Leader

I decided to launch the Portsmouth chapter of WBL because of the unexpected beneficial impact of the women I've met, become friends with, and worked with over the last 3 years. I am on a mission to recreate that for every woman who is interested.  


I help women start saving, a do-over, grow or preserve everything they've worked for so that they can be their best selves for the families and communities that they love. I believe that if you know you are on track to achieve your financial goals, then you can take the day off - whether to clean up the beach, help the homeless, assist veterans, work a food-pantry. Basically, to manage the balance between self-care (what IS THAT?!?) and family.  I came to Merrill to empower myself and then found a great deal of satisfaction encouraging and strategizing with other women by being open, loyal, and showing up.  I prefer working with other involved, heart-centered, proactive, engaged, giving women and businesses.   

Linda Porter

VP Portsmouth Chapter

I think I was destined to be a Realtor! As the wife of a military veteran, I have experienced a minimum of 16 household moves locally, nationally and overseas. Relocating as often as I have, has given me a truly complete and compassionate understanding of my client’s buying or selling experience, and the stresses that can come with it.  Additionally, I am a former Banking Professional with over 25 years experience in Consumer and Small Business Banking, Product and Project Management, contributing to the thoroughness and attention to detail that my clients experience with every transaction. These experiences have contributed to the fully rounded Real Estate Professional that I am today.  I have strong, negotiation, problem-solving and communication skills, and will help you navigate the opportunities that await! I am active in the community, recently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for TEDx Portsmouth 2019.    

I value the importance of family and juggling a busy schedule, earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Granite State College, at night, while working full time and running a busy household as a mother of two.  I connect with women, and naturally promote others, not because I have to because I want to help them grow their business, helping each other is good business!  As VP of the Portsmouth Chapter of Women’s Business League, and working with Paula Baxley, I see this as the venue to build a network of women that promote each other and grow because of it.   At the end of the day, I want us all to succeed and thrive and I see WBL as a means to make that happen!

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