Meet Erica Thom

AHEAD: Tell us about yourself.

Erica: I’ve been with AHEAD since 2009 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 implemented youth programs with Your Human Resource Center in Wayne County, 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 as well as the Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Board, respectively.

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

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. I also partner with the district and community agencies to write grants that bring additional programs and services into the schools for our students and families.

AHEAD: What is your favorite part about working for AHEAD?

Erica: When families say thank you and you know you have done something good for someone, whether they know it or not.