Meet Erica Thom

AHEAD: Tell us about yourself.

Erica: I’ve been with AHEAD for ten years and am dedicated to working with families in Massillon. I am passionate about making sure children in need get the services they require and deserve. 

For a little background, I graduated from Miami University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. Before beginning my position with AHEAD, I worked with a number of organizations to meet people’s needs. In the past, I have presented on and implemented youth programs with Your Human Resource Center, supported and advocated for victims of domestic violence with the Victim Assistance Program and the Battered Women’s Shelter, and promoted substance abuse awareness in the workplace and community with STEPS at Liberty Center and the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Stark County, respectively.

On a more personal note, my husband, Kevin, and I spend most of our time with our three daughters and our extended family.

AHEAD: Describe a typical day.

Erica: I don’t really have a “typical” work day. My position requires me to wear many different hats. I am constantly working with state, federal, and community grant makers to bring programs and services to our communities for those very families and children. On the other hand, I work directly with families by speaking with them over the phone and in person about their needs. Throughout the year, we also have exciting events and fundraisers, like our Quarter Auction and our Holiday Food Distribution with the Massillon City School District.

AHEAD: What is your favorite part of being Executive Director of AHEAD?