Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Erica spent her childhood in Lubumbashi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) before her family moved to Berrien Springs, MI. Her lifetime travel to almost 30 countries and her experience with living in four, has given Erica a deep appreciation for the diversity and complexity as well as the similarities found in culture variations.
During her time as a student at Andrews University, she studied at Campus Adventiste du Salève, in Collonges-sous-Salève, France, served as a student missionary at Helderberg College in Somerset West, South Africa, and signed up for as many tours as possible. As a J.N. Andrews Honors scholar, and combining her lifelong love of art with her experience and fascination with culture, Erica completed her Senior Honors Thesis on the cultural perception of color symbolism.