"Our passion for our work, you can't beat it. We believe in it with all our heart."
Karla Trammell loves to be a part of an organization that works towards bringing two things she loves together — animals and giving back.
Karla is an empath who learned the importance of giving back at a young age. For most of Karla’s childhood, her grandmother was the Executive Director of Karma House, a historical theatre arts settlement house in Cleveland.
Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, Karla decided to pursue Social Work. In 2008, she graduated from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She worked in Alabama until she relocated to Cleveland in 2010. Since 2017, she has been the Program Administrator for the Family to Family Program at University Settlement, where she has seen the needs and resilience of the Cleveland community. She passed her Licensed Social Work (LSW) exam in December 2020, and graduated from Cleveland State University in May 2021 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Karla’s love for pets has been unavoidable. Growing up, her family always had pets. As an adult working in such a stressful field, animals have become her form of self-care. She knows firsthand how pets can improve the overall well-being of a person. She says, “Every person should be able to experience the joy an animal can bring!” Karla loves her Japeke (Japanese Chin and Pekignese mix) named Apollo. He is her world!