Erika has always worn a lot of hats. Teaching and Healthcare Chaplaincy are her two broadest categories of work experience to date. Her first year teaching was 1999, in a high school math classroom for TRIO and Upward Bound programs. Her first publication in a peer-reviewed journal was in 2008, in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Today she is a middle-aged Researcher, TA, and PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota, and she is (still) a Senior Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she teaches Community Psychology.
Erika wishes to mention a brief-but-necessary shoutout to her wife, the Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe, for her infinite patience, support, and heart.