A graduate of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, Ms. Olson brought extensive experience in the areas of non-profit organizational management, delivery of community based service programs, community needs assessment, grants administration, non-profit finance and accounting practices when joining the Parenting Cottage. Carla has served as Executive Director of the Parenting Cottage since 2009. Since her tenure began, Carla has built numerous collaborations within the community to expand services and utilize Parenting Cottage resources to address unmet needs in the community including coordinating efforts to bring the HOPES program to Lubbock. She currently serves as Chairman of the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention (CCAP), President of the United Way Association and as a board member for the Smiles Foundation which connects South Plains children in need with specialized orthodontic services.
Prior to joining the Parenting Cottage, Ms. Olson held the position of Manager of Community Health Outreach for Covenant Health System in Lubbock for almost a decade. Ms. Olson managed the delivery of outreach patient care services covering a 16 county area including primary care, dental services, mammography services and a seniors and special needs exercise program. She was instrumental in the opening of Covenant’s Children’s Dental Clinics in Lubbock and Artesia, New Mexico for underserved children.