Starla was born and raised in Milan, TN. She graduated from high school in 1992 and immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force where she served two tours as a pharmacy technician. After separating from the Air Force in 2000 she worked as an office manager for a State Farm agent for thirteen years. She has since left that position and obtained her real estate license and is currently an agent for Keller Williams Real Estate.
In 2016, Starla and her husband of 26 years, moved to Fernandina Beach, FL from Chicago, IL with their two daughters. Her time in the Air Force was a calling and since moving to Fernandina she has found herself called to service again through the mission of the Cross the Line Foundation.