If there is one word that characterizes Carla’s life, it would be “Interesting”. Born in the United States, to an American-born father who liked to travel, and an Italian-born, Australian-bred mother, Carla spent her formative years in Melbourne, Australia and moved to the States with her family right before college. The transition was not without hiccups. She will never forget the first time she saw a great amount of snow – leaving her dorm for an early morning English class to find everything covered in white, she almost fell over in shock. The lack of wide-spread public transportation here in the States was also a fun adjustment for her, but although it took longer than normal, she eventually mastered driving (although some may question her definition of the term “mastered”, particularly during a Northeastern Ohio winter!)
Carla received her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and her Law Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Children’s Rights captured her interest while still in college and she later became passionate about Family Law as well. It was in Law School, that she began volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and interned at CASA for Clermont Kids! in Batavia, Ohio. Carla spent some time briefly at a general practice law firm in Cincinnati and later spent the last 10 years at Community Legal Aid Services as a Staff attorney in their Volunteer Legal Services Program. Among other things, she presented a CLE several times on Depictions of Law in Film throughout the decades which many found to be quite fun.
She lives with her husband, an electrical engineer, and their rescue dog Wilson. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, theatre and classic film, and advocating for animals. She has been a volunteer for the Medina County SPCA for 4 years and on their Board for the past year. Carla truly cares about the work we do and considers it both an honor and a privilege to be working with such talented people.