Born in Paris, Missouri, July 1, 1953. Married W. Howard Tanzey January 5, 1974. Mother of two children, Collin and Jordan.

A Brief Biography

Carla initially joined the Brett and Erdel law firm in September, 1979 when she left her position in Jefferson City, Missouri, as an attorney for the State Highway Commission. She continued with the firm until her appointment to the bench in 2007. After serving a four year term as the 12th Circuit Drug Court Commissioner, she rejoined the firm in November, 2011.

Carla concentrates her practice in family law, juvenile law, real estate law, estate and probate practice.

Missouri Bar Association, 1978

University of Missouri School of Law – Columbia, Missouri, 1978 J.D.

University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri, 1974 B.S. – Education

Missouri Bar, 1978 – present – Member

Missouri Bar Association Family Law Section – Member

Audrain County Bar Association – 1979 to present
Past President 1998 – 2001

Martindale Hubbel Rating – AV Preeminent

Brett, Erdel, Owings & Tanzey, P.C., Mexico, Missouri
1979 – 2007; 2011 – present

12th Circuit Drug Court Commissioner
2007 – 2011

Missouri State Highway Commission, Jefferson City, Missouri
1978 – 1979
Assistant Counsel

Brett and Erdel, P.C., Mexico, Missouri
Law Clerk

Lecturer at a Family Law Seminar

Panel Discussion guest at the annual meeting of the Missouri Association of Probate & Associate Circuit Judges in 2011.

Mexico Area Family YMCA Board of Directors, former Chair of the Board

Altrusa International Club of Mexico, Missouri, current Member, former President, Chair of numerous committees

First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Elder, former Deacon, Chair of numerous committees, former Chair of Congregation

Scattering Fork Outdoor Center – Secretary

Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce – member

Mexico Area Community Service Agency – former Director

Montgomery County Rotary Club – current Member, former President