Karla Lavin Williams' health background spans over 20 years and includes the specialties of sports medicine, allied health, health administration, and health promotion and education where she has skillfully held a variety of administrative positions. She holds teaching appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health and the Department of Allied Health Studies and Radiation Technology in the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) at Loma Linda University. Previously, Karla was the Project Manager for two Federally funded disaster/telemedicine projects at the Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of CARE, a nonprofit research and health education company. In both appointments, Karla contributed to the fields of mass casualty and public health research and to advancements that benefited local, state, and federal agencies. She also conducts various public health education seminars both locally and internationally.
In her current role as the BSHA Program Director, Karla is responsible for facilitating the student application and enrollment process, student advising, mentoring, coaching, local and international program promotion and advancement and course instruction. In addition to her responsibilities as a Program Director, she is the Chair of Faculty Development for the SAHP Community of Practice and Education and serves on the SAHP Internal Online Audit Team, the LLU Distance Learning Committee, the LLU Online Formative Peer Assessment team and the LLU Program Review Committee.