Cara Perla was raised on Mercer Island and graduated from the University of Denver. She was a leader in the field of marketing for health care systems before transitioning to her true passion–making sure her kids grow up to contribute to society and eat their vegetables. She is past president of the Mercer Island Preschool Association, a member of Mercer Island Parent Edge and a member of Ronnie’s Gals, which cooks monthly dinners at Ronald McDonald House for the past 15 years. She is also an advocate for children with special needs–making sure they have access to learning resources and making the outdoors available to all. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, skiing and time with her 2 children and husband.