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Karla Williams

Special Projects Manager, Heart of Missouri United Way

Class of 1979 - B.S. Business Administration

Karla Williams DeSpain

Karla lives in Columbia, Missouri. She holds a B.S. degree from William Woods in business administration with minors in math and political science.

She currently serves as Special Projects Manager at the Heart of Missouri United Way. Previously, she was the financial officer for DeSpain Cayce Dermatology Center and Medical Spa. Prior to this, she served as assistant vice-president and director of Personnel and Training at Boone County National Bank.

Karla is involved with various local community and service organizations including the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, Advent Enterprises board of directors, Central Missouri Community Action, United Way, Speaking of Women's Heath, and Columbia Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education.

She enjoys swimming, piano, cooking, skiing, and singing. Karla has two daughters, Caitlin and Ryanne. While at The Woods, Karla was active in the College Government Association, choir, Student Alumnae Council, Junior Senator, and was an Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Senior.

Karla currently serves on the WWU National Alumni Association board.