Erica has volunteered with Angels with Paws shelter since 2016 and joined the board in January of 2021. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and graduated sum cum laude from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and completed her master’s in public administration through the University of Colorado Denver in 2023 with a 4.0 GPA.

Her master's capstone work was around creating a cohesive policy library and structure for a public library and how comprehensive policy manuals support the work of government and nonprofit organizations. She is in the final stages of receiving her Certification as a Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. When not volunteering with the shelter, Erica works at a university in the metro area on curriculum development, state and federal compliance, and university accreditation.

Erica has a life-long love for all animals, especially cats. She has always had at least one cat in her life and values the opportunity to get involved and give back to the AWP shelter. She hopes to learn more about caring for special need cats and bottle baby kittens along with pregnant mamas. She currently helps with thank you cards, social media, and communications, among other duties as needed.