Carla earned an elementary and special education degree from Drake University and a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota. Carla taught in small rural schools and most recently in the Rochester public schools.

Carla and her husband Terry own a small business. They have three grown sons, two wonderful daughters in law, and two precious grandchildren.’

Carla remains active in her community and has served in a number of roles including:

  • Board of Directors for the SPARKS Children’s Museum
  • Rochester Orchestra and Chorale
  • Trustee on the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust
  • Served as President of Friends of Mayowood
  • Junior Achievement Board of Directors

Carla has served in the Minnesota House and is currently serving in the Minnesota Senate. With redistricting, all of Dodge County and parts of western Olmsted County have been added to her district.