Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.
St. Charles, Mo.
Erin (’10 kinesiology and exercise science) dedicated much of her student career to serving ISU Dance Marathon – the university’s largest philanthropy, which benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In fact, she jokingly dreamed of someday becoming a “professional Dance Marathoner.” Little did she know that, just a few years later, her dream would come true. Today Erin works for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as a Dance Marathon program manager, working to grow 60 existing programs in her territory as well as establish new ones. At the University of Oklahoma, Erin has helped grow a small, unwanted program into an incredible tradition that raised $300,000 this year. She has helped guide students at the University of Central Florida to fundraising increases of more than double in back-to-back years. Of course she gives all the credit to the students, but Erin’s personal passion for the Dance Marathon program is truly contagious and has helped her fulfill the goal of “inspiring this generation to fight for the next.”
…what would make the world a better place: “if Cy was president”
…her dream job: “In an absolute fantasy world, I’d love to dance in a Broadway show.”
…the everyday items she can’t live without: “Sweatpants and Diet Mountain Dew. I work from home, so my work wardrobe is pretty flexible. And I don’t drink coffee, but still need my caffeine during the day.”
…what’s next for her: “I’m really hoping to enter into a doctor of physical therapy program in the next year or two and eventually work in a pediatric hospital. Other than those career ambitions, I also want to travel the world! Top destinations on my list include Australia, anywhere in Africa, Egypt, and Greece. I’d also love to catch a baseball game in all the MLB stadiums across the U.S. – preferably when the St. Louis Cardinals are in town!”