A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Carla is a graduate of Howard University where she obtained a B.A. in Broadcast Production.
With recurring roles on CW's "Hart of Dixie" as busy-body hair salon owner "Susie" and Disney's "Shake It Up!" as "Marcie Blue", mom to "Rocky" & "Ty", she is often recognized for her Guest Star stint as the blunt, advice giving receptionist on ABC'S hit comedy "Modern Family."
Her indie film "A Kiss For Jed Wood" was the Official Selection of the Newport Beach Film Festival. She portrays "Lisa" as a sidekick for Jay Thomas as "Carter".
Carla has also been seen and heard in numerous commercials and Broadway shows. The most recent being the wisecracking, warm domestic "Naomi" in the West Coast Premiere of the Debbie Allen directed musical "Twist...An American Musical". When last seen on Broadway, Carla portrayed "Gary Coleman" in the Tony Award Winning musical "Avenue Q".
The Miss America Pageant provided Carla with scholarship funds to complete education for her BA at Howard University. Since she graduated before her reign was over, she was awarded the remainder of the funds in cash. This allowed her to move to New York, where she booked her first Broadway show with Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally in the revival of "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying".