Following experiences that Erica created while completing her high school education she realized there could be no better fit for her occupation than Social Work. While completing her bachelor's degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in Social Work, Erica volunteered for multiple organizations that benefited families in need in her local community. Erica has 8 plus years' experience working with at risk youth, families in need, individuals and families in emotional and mental health crisis, and those experiencing substance use problems. Erica has completed graduate school and received her Master's Degree in Social Work from The University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana. Erica enjoys finding time for self-care by reading novels and celebrating her favorite holiday's with family and friends.