Cara was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She completed her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Higher Education at University of South Florida. Her dissertation focused on the areas of compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, and burnout. She also attended Tulane University for her undergraduate work and the University of Florida for her Master of Education degree.
Currently, Cara is a Product Development Specialist working on information technology e-learning products for high school students and adults. She has worked both in Higher Education and in the Software Engineering bootcamp space previously and is passionate about educating and empowering others during points of transition.
Cara is a graduate of the 2010-2011 Jewish Leadership Development Institute (now known as the Hope Cohen Barnett Leadership Institute). Most recently, she has served as a member of the Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS) board and advisory council. Additionally, Cara participates in Resolve’s Federal Advocacy Day focused on increasing awareness and interest in fertility and family building issues with legislators.
Cara lives in New Tampa with her husband, Jeff, their 3 year old IVF son, Joshua, and their dog, Bailee.
Cara is passionate about the work of JFF based on her own experience. While going through her fertility journey, she recognized the importance of community, support, and advocacy. Having a medically complex case, Cara completed her family through IVF. Going through the process, Cara developed her self-advocacy skills and has supported other family and friends going through similar experiences. Being able to help others experiencing and impacted by infertility is a fulfilling way to give back.