Erica is a deeply caring person who has dedicated her life to helping others. She has worked as a social worker in community based clinics for over 15 years, engaging her bilingual language skills to work with people in both English and Spanish. Whether giving direct care to her patients or supervising other social workers, Erica has always created atmospheres of deep trust and mutual respect. It is amazing to see how she has impacted those around her, and I often hear from those who work with her what a unique and incredible person she is.
Erica works extremely hard but always puts family first. She has been fortunate enough to be able to create a schedule that allows her to work Monday through Thursday so that she can spend Fridays with Melina. They often go on adventures to places like the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, dance/gymnastics classes, excursions on our local trails with neighborhood friends or Oakland’s Fairyland for puppet shows and story time.
Erica is such a loving, patient parent. It has been amazing watching Erica develop as a parent as Melina grows into her own person. They can often be found together making dolls in Erica’s sewing/knitting studio, reading books in Spanish, or creating an art masterpiece for a friend. Erica is always extremely encouraging and uses her talents to engage Melina in new activities and skills. Erica believes in making things from scratch when she can, especially gifts for friends, family and Melina, because so much of everything she does comes from the heart. Erica is already working on a baby sweater for our future child.