After a 22 year career in high tech, she retired in 2004 to spend more time with her family and get more involved in the local community. She serves on several non-profit boards including; The Women's Museum, the Foundation for Women's Resources, Greenhill School Board of Trustees and the University of Vermont School of Engineering Dean's Advisory Board.
She is the founding president of the Dallas Chapter of Women for WineSense and serves on the organization's national board as the Director of Technology. Upon retirement, Karla began pursuing a formal study of Wine; she holds wine certifications from the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers.
In addition to her B.S from the University of Vermont, she holds a masters degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas. Karla also is a graduate of Leadership Texas, Leadership America and the Power of Self.
Karla loves to travel, ride her bike, garden, and study Italian. She and her husband have three teenage sons. Like the Chinese language, the word ‘no' is simply not in Karla's vocabulary, she did live in Taiwan for two years after all. She loves to learn; and, the good news is there are so many interesting things to pursue in life!