Associate Executive Director and Project Director
- I have spent many years working with youth and communities through direct service programs. This inspires me to promote the success and viability of substance abuse prevention.
- I believe all youth, families, and communities have the right to healthy environments and that youth are essential to creating healthy communities for themselves and others.
- My personal experience has motivated me to support and showcase the successful benefits of substance abuse prevention activities for youth, families, and communities.
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Erika is delightful to work with, efficient, knowledgeable and kind.”— County Prevention Coordinator
- Associate Executive Director at CARS
Assists with management of CARS’ remote and onsite staff; leads agency’s human resources department; contributes to long-term visioning and organizational development; supports staff professional development; represents CARS at state and national forums; provides expertise at an organizational level on substance use disorder prevention and workforce development
- Project Manager, Community Prevention Initiative (CPI), funded by California Department of Health Care Services
Responsible for overall project leadership, management, and successful completion of scope of work; actively collaborates with DHCS and county prevention agency staff; facilitates statewide prevention workgroups and planning sessions; provides visioning and leadership on long-term project planning and service delivery; represents CPI at state and national substance use disorder forums; oversees CPI staff and consultants
- Project Manager, National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), funded by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/MENTOR
Coordinates delivery of training and technical assistance services to mentoring organizations in California and nationally; collaborates with other state mentoring partnerships; provide expertise on mentoring and youth development
Learn More About Erika:
California Certified Prevention Specialist, International Certified Prevention Specialist (CCPS, ICPS)
MS, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice Concentration, California State University, Sacramento
- Substance use disorder prevention
- Strategic Prevention Framework
- Workforce development and professionalization
- Coalition development and collaboration
- Evidence-based practice
- Project Manager, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Technical Assistance Project, CARS
- Technical Assistance Provider, U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Resource Center, CARS
- Project Director, People Reaching Out (PRO) – Drug-Free Communities coalition grantee