Carla joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as Vice President of Programs in January 2019. In this role, guide and support the work of existing programs, develop new program opportunities and partnerships, working closely with FHLI’s CEO/President, Anne Thomas.
“I am excited to join the FHLI team and become involved in the important work to improve the health and lives of North Carolinians. I am excited about the various programs and approaches FHLI is involved with that strive to improve health outcomes and promote health equity among people living in communities across the state.”
Prior to joining FHLI, Carla served as director of Care4Carolina from February 2017 to December 2018. Care4Carolina is a statewide coalition with the mission of closing the health insurance gap. An NC Department of Insurance veteran of 32 years, Carla managed the state Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) from 1992 to 2010, before serving as Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Consumer Assistance Group. Carla is a dedicated supporter and advocate for the senior citizens and disabled persons of our state and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees related to these groups. She is currently a Board member of Care Share Health Alliance.
“We are excited to welcome Carla to our team at FHLI. Her extensive work experiences and partnerships spanning a thirty-three-year career uniquely position her to support our existing programs and partnerships across the state, while developing new opportunities to provide health of people and communities across North Carolina,” said Anne Thomas, President and CEO of the Foundation.
Carla holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. She lives in Fuquay Varina with her husband, John Obiol, and two daughters, Alex and Mary.
To hear more about what brought Carla to FHLI, read her Staff Feature.