Karla was brought up on sheep and beef farms in Duntroon (North Otago) and Waikaka (Eastern Southland). After her school years, she was lucky enough to gain a full-time role as a Veterinary Nurse at North Otago Vets, while completing her Veterinary Nursing Certificate.
She then followed her travelling dreams and had her OE in Ireland and the UK.
When Karla returned to NZ her 17 years of solid agricultural industry experience began. Starting out at RD1 Invercargill and Balclutha, working as a Manager and a Technical Field Officer focussed around Dairy. She then spent 8 years working at Fonterra as an Area Manager covering the Otago Region, supporting shareholder needs around the co-operative.
After having her family, Karla joined the team at Farmlands as a Senior Technical Field Officer focussed on Sheep and Beef Farming, this was where Karla was able to broaden her knowledge in the industry focussed on Seed, Agrichemical and Animal Health.