Carla is from Idabel, Oklahoma and has lived in Oklahoma City most of her life. She is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma, where she obtained both bachelor and master degrees in Clinical Social Work, minoring in Psychology. She has spent most of her career working as a public health social worker, providing counseling services to adults and children, while also providing prevention education presentations in schools over Anti-Bullying, Cyberbullying, Teen Dating Violence and Internet Safety. She is a Certified Anger Management Specialist and certified Domestic Violence Specialist through NAMA, a Grief Recovery Specialist, QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor, and has a national certification in Anti-Bullying.
Carla is a former board member of the Single Parent Support Network organization and was honored to be selected as their Honorary Chair. She is a member of Zonta International, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, State Human Trafficking task force, Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Academy on Violence and Abuse, International Bullying Prevention Association, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Professional Women, International Women’s Leadership Association, National Anger Management Association, and the United Nation Association of the USA. She spent several years volunteering for the largest domestic violence shelter in Oklahoma, the YWCA; and currently supports several charities and organizations such as the American Heart Association – Guard A Heart & Go Red for Women, Suicide Prevention – Live Out Loud Charity, Make a Wish Foundation, Wounded Warriors Project, Children Uniting Nations, Safe Passage, The Amanda Network, and the Maria Suarez Foundation.
Carla has captured many awards but her most honorable award came from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, for recognition and appreciation of her commitment to strengthening our Nation and for making a difference through her volunteer service. She was also honored to receive the Crown for A Purpose award for her humanitarian efforts for improving the lives of others and successfully representing the American woman, during her reign as Ms. America International. A few other recognitions and honors include, the Power of One award from the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault for her efforts to prevent Teen Dating Violence, recognition by the International Women’s Leadership Association for her continued effort to empower women and girls, and the individual Anti-Bullying award from the National School Safety Advocacy Council.
Carla is a board member of the Single Parent Support Network organization and is honored to have been named as their Honorary Chair. Her story as a single parent was recently published in the book titled Wingspan. Carla serves on the Oklahoma Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory committee and the Violence Against Women and Girls subcommittee. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Human Trafficking task force.
Carla’s other memberships and affiliations include; The United Nation Association of the USA, International Bullying Prevention Association, National Association of Social Workers, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, National Center for Victims of Crime, Internet Crimes Against Children, Academy on Violence and Abuse, State and National Coalitions Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, National Association of Professional Women, Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, American Heart Association – Guard A Heart & Go Red for Women, Susan G. Komen, American Diabetes Association, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, Make A Wish Foundation, Suicide Prevention – Live Out Loud Charity, Wounded Warriors Project and Allied Arts.
Aside from Carla’s humanitarian involvement, her past time hobbies include competing in pageants, participating in fashion shows, photo shoots, and she has a passion for dance and currently takes Ballroom, Jazz and Latin dance lessons from International Dance Studio in Oklahoma City. She has a modeling career and is a graduate of both Barbizon and John Casablanca modeling schools. She has experience in promotional modeling, tv commercials, and has graced multiple covers of Supermodels Unlimited magazine, Tiara magazine and has appeared in Pageantry magazine’s Who’s Who segment. Carla is also taking private acting lessons in LA from Sally Kirkland, Best Actress Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner.
Carla’s previous titles include: Ms. Oklahoma Globe 2008, Ms. Oklahoma United States 2010, Ms. United States of America 2011, Ms. America International 2012 and Ms. United Nations International 2013/2014 .Carla has had the privilege of emceeing fashion shows and other events and has the experience judging many pageants. She has won and acquired many awards. The Power of One award was given to her by the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault for her efforts to prevent Teen Dating Violence in the schools across Oklahoma.
She received the Crown for A Purpose award by the Ms. America organization for her humanitarian efforts to improve the lives of others and successfully represent the American woman. A Certificate of Appreciation was given by the President of Words of Comfort, Hope and Promise for her support to the troops of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion. A Certificate of Appreciation was given by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for her support. She was awarded the Recognition of Achievement award from Pageantry magazine for her outstanding achievements within the glamour life style industry.
Carla’s most honorable award came from the President of the United States and is for recognition and appreciation of her commitment to strengthening our Nation and for making a difference through volunteer service. These are just a few of her accomplishments and she is proud and humbled to have received them.
Carla’s future goals are to open her own counseling/education center while continuing her career in acting, modeling, pageantry, public speaking and her role as a social worker, where she finds fulfillment in helping others by advocating and being a voice for those who are unable to speak up for themselves, with hopes of improving the quality of lives of people across our nation and abroad.