Meet Erica: cheerleader for the NBA and NFL; fan of science!

Meet Erica, the newest addition to our growing troop of Science Cheerleaders (professional cheerleaders-turned-scientists and engineers). Erica’s a Washington Wizards cheerleader (NBA) and a former Washington Redskins cheerleader (NFL).

That’s right, she’s worked for BOTH the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.

Erica also holds two degrees:

a B.S in Health Promotion Disease Prevention Studies from the University of Southern California;
and a MPH, Master’s of Public Health in Community Health Sciences, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

She’s also an award-winning Public Health Analyst at Health Resources and Services Administration, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services!


“Since I was young, I have always been interested in wanting to help people through advancements in medicine and science,” says Erica. “In addition to it being fun and interesting, you can make a difference in the lives of hundreds or thousands of people! Consider science as a career! Just, never give up on your dream, even if it is difficult to reach.”