A valedictorian of Paris High School, Marla earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Illinois in 1990. She successfully completed the CPA exam that same year.
She accepted a position with Philip Rootberg & Company, a Chicago CPA firm, where she worked with a variety of clients over a five-year period. She was a financial analyst for BRK Brands, Inc./First Alert prior to returning to Paris with her family in 1995.
Marla accepted a position as a staff accountant with Larsson Woodyard & Henson, LLP in 1995, and was serving as a Manager prior to being admitted as partner. During her tenure, she has provided diverse services to both individual and business clients. In addition, she has developed expertise in estates and trusts and exempt organizations. She serves as partner-in-charge of the Paris office and also serves on the LWH Taxation Committee.
Marla is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, the Illinois CPA Society and the Indiana CPA Society.
Marla is active in the community and is currently involved with the Paris Kiwanis Noon Club, where she serves on the Board of Directors, and the Meals on Wheels program. She is also a member of the 100 Women Who Care of Edgar County and St. Mary’s Church in Paris.
Marla and her husband, Shawn, reside in Paris and enjoy visiting their two children, Ryan and Jessica.