Karla serves as President/CEO of Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a private nonprofit organization that promotes self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. Karla has more than 25 years of experience as a senior administrative leader in several of the Philadelphia-area’s premier healthcare organizations. She served at Wills Eye Hospital for 17 years as the Assistant Executive Director responsible for support and ancillary services as well as the largest eye care clinic. While at Pennsylvania Hospital/Penn Medicine for seven years, Karla served as Vice President for Orthopedics and Perioperative Services and as Vice President for Facilities Management. She was the senior leader responsible for the construction of Penn Medicine Washington Square, located at 8th and Walnut Streets. Most recently, Karla served at Cooper University Hospital, first as the Interim Executive Director for the Adult Health and Cardiac Institutes and then as the Assistant Vice President for Support Services, responsible for all hospital-based hospitality and maintenance functions. Karla received her BA in biochemistry from Immaculata College and her MBA from Temple University.