Resource Development Manager
Erika Mendoza joined the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation in May 2018, but she has a long history with the organization. Erika first became involved with AARBF at the tender age of five, when she first attended AARBF’s Champ Camp. She participated in a number of burn survivor events with the organization for nearly 20 years, including becoming a Counselor in Training, a Champ Camp Counselor, and a member of the AARBF’s Council of Advisors.
Erika has a Bachelor of Science degree in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona and a Master’s of Science in family and human development from Arizona State University. She has worked extensively with children and their families as a teacher, parent educator, and mental health clinician.
Through her involvement with AARBF and her experiences, Erika has developed a passion for working with burn survivors, as well as their family members. She has the ability to empathize with the burn survivor community and truly believes in the mission and vision of the foundation. Erika hopes to empower other burn survivors through sharing her own story and life experiences, and she strives to use her skill set towards improving and supporting the foundation’s resources in her new role.