Courtney Karella

Born and raised in Anchorage, AK, Courtney moved to Forest Grove, OR, in 2000 to attend college at Pacific University. She chose the PNW since it’s not too far from home, and she loved the small community feel of the Pacific.

She graduated from Pacific with a B.A. in Business Administration, focusing on management. She also minored in Music Performance and Spanish. She was the flute soloist in Pacific’s Wind Ensemble.

After college, Courtney moved around a bit, getting a feel for where she wanted to put down roots. She spent some time back home in Alaska working in the car insurance industry with GEICO. She also lived in Albuquerque, NM, working in upper management of a locally owned furniture store chain. While New Mexico was a fun adventure, the ocean was calling. She moved back to the PNW in 2014, then started working with SFA.

She stepped in as the receptionist because she wanted to enjoy her work, feel like she was making a difference in people’s lives, and live with a much lower stress level. Before reaching six months in her position at the front desk, she moved into the Client Services support role, splitting her time with Teri Meyer and the other SFA advisors.