When Erin grew up, she never said, “I want to be a fundraiser.” She never said, “I want to be a CEO,” either. Once she experienced the gravitative pull from the nonprofit and philanthropic community, she knew she would be forever connected with community impact.
Erin was introduced to the non-profit world as a volunteer while studying Hospitality Management at Purdue University. She became actively involved in the non-profit community, founding Students Assisting Volunteer Efforts and College Mentors for Kids on campus. Noticing that the campus did not offer a student volunteer center, she became a part of the group that helped found the Boiler Volunteer Network, which is now a professionally staffed entity of the Office of the Dean of Students.
Through her engagement with College Mentors for Kids as Chapter President and mentor, she knew that helping others would be her life’s work. She changed her major to Child Development and Family Studies and began to learn first-hand how to organize a movement. Upon graduation Erin was hired as the second staff member at the College Mentors for Kids headquarters and during her ten years of employment held positions as program director, associate director, vice president of development and most recently, CEO for five years.
Under her leadership, College Mentors for Kids doubled the number of volunteers, staff, and income while implementing strategic fundraising strategies and working collaboratively with the board and stakeholders to create a solid strategic direction for expansion. The organization received an Indiana Achievement Award as a tribute to the organization’s sustainability and the organization received significant national attention after being highlighted on The Martha Stewart Show. She made one of the toughest decisions of her life and transitioned out of her CEO role at College Mentors for Kids to spend more time with her growing family. Erin has two children, Ashton who is nine and Soren who is two years old. She served as Executive Emeritus during the leadership search and transition and now serves as an Honorary Director on the board of directors.
She and her husband, David, created Intentional Consultants as a way to continue to make an impact and stay connected while still being able to achieve the balance they have worked so hard to place in their lives.
Erin has the unique ability to be authentic, intentional, relational, passionate and simultaneously achieve results in unprecedented ways.