Dr.‌ ‌Merideth‌ ‌Erickson‌‌ ‌was‌ ‌born‌ ‌in‌ ‌Corpus‌ ‌Christi‌ ‌and‌ ‌raised‌ on a farm ‌in‌ ‌Bishop, ‌ ‌TX.‌ She enjoys spending time doing charitable work for Veterans, having fun with her Jeep Club, doing yard work, camping, and playing golf.  ‌She loves being a mother to son Calvin, 20, US Airforce; daughter Elizabeth, 18, a sophomore at Texas Tech, and son Benjamin, 15, a sophomore in High School and two bonus children son Dalton, 15, a sophomore in High School and daughter Alice, 11, in 6th grade.  In‌ ‌2011, she‌ ‌relocated‌ ‌to‌ ‌New‌ ‌Braunfels‌ ‌to be ‌near her ‌parents and family. ‌Merideth‌ ‌graduated‌ Summa ‌Cum‌ ‌Laude‌ ‌with‌  ‌her‌ ‌Bachelor’s‌ ‌Degree‌ ‌in‌ ‌Psychology‌, ‌Master’s‌ ‌Degree‌ ‌in‌ ‌Business Management, and her Ph.D.‌ ‌in‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌and‌ ‌Public‌ ‌Administration‌ ‌specializing‌ ‌in‌ ‌Nonprofit‌ ‌Management.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌certifications‌ ‌in‌ ‌Nonprofit‌ ‌Leadership‌ ‌and‌ ‌Management,‌ ‌Grant‌ ‌Writing,‌ ‌Mental‌ ‌Health‌ ‌First‌ ‌Aid,‌ ‌Youth Mental Health First Aid, and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Community‌ ‌Re-entry‌ ‌Training. ‌ She ‌has‌ ‌always‌ ‌had‌ ‌a‌ ‌passion‌ ‌for‌ ‌helping‌ ‌people‌ and has over 15 years of nonprofit executive leadership experience.

Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Alliance of South Texas, A Child Advocacy Center in Floresville serving five counties. While there, Merideth worked on building infrastructure, diversifying funding, opening a third office, and improving processes. ‌Prior to that, she was the‌ Executive Director of ‌River‌ ‌City‌ ‌Advocacy‌, Inc., (RCA) ‌for five years.‌ ‌While‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌Erickson‌ ‌was‌ ‌Executive‌ ‌Director‌ ‌of‌ ‌RCA,‌ ‌she‌ ‌worked‌ ‌tirelessly‌ ‌to‌ ‌engage‌ ‌the‌ ‌community,‌ ‌raise‌ ‌funds,‌ ‌create programs, and‌ ‌write‌ ‌grants‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌improve‌ ‌the‌ ‌organization‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌inside‌ ‌out.‌ ‌

Merideth‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌honored‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌Business‌ ‌Woman‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌ ‌and‌ ‌recognized‌ ‌by‌ ‌her‌ ‌nonprofit‌ ‌peers‌ ‌as‌ ‌an‌ ‌Outstanding‌ ‌Leader‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌community.‌ ‌Dr. Erickson‌ ‌served‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌Vice‌ ‌President‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌Comal‌ ‌County‌ ‌Sexual‌ ‌Abuse‌ ‌Response‌ ‌Team‌.‌ ‌She‌ ‌is‌ ‌serving‌ on the Allocations Committee of the United Way of Comal County, Chair of the Leadership Development Committee and on the Board of Directors for The Nonprofit Council, ‌Steering Committee Member of the Texas Empowerment Initiative (Texas Recovery and Mental Health Membership Organization) Recovery‌ ‌Stakeholder‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌for‌ ‌Via‌ ‌Hope,‌ ‌Vice Chair of the Citizen’s‌ ‌Advisory‌ ‌Council‌ ‌on‌ ‌Mental‌ ‌health,‌ ‌Austin‌ ‌Community‌ ‌College‌ ‌Center‌ ‌for‌ ‌Nonprofit‌ ‌Studies‌ ‌Advisory‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌member,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Mental‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Task‌ ‌Force‌ ‌in‌ ‌Comal‌ ‌County.‌ ‌

Dr.‌ ‌Erickson‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌guest‌ ‌columnist‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌Herald‌ ‌Zeitung.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌keynote‌ ‌speaker‌ ‌on‌ ‌Domestic‌ ‌Violence, Sexual‌ ‌Assault, ‌ ‌PTSD, ‌ ‌the‌ ‌Lack‌ ‌of‌ ‌Maternal‌ ‌Involvement‌ ‌on‌ ‌Child‌ ‌Development, Mental‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Recovery, ‌Trauma and Mental Health, Peer‌ ‌Support‌ ‌and‌ ‌Mentoring, ‌ ‌and Community‌ ‌Collaborations. In her spare time she teaches courses on Grant‌ ‌Writing, ‌Emotional Intelligence, and Effective Communication.‌ ‌

 “Alpha Home is a lighthouse in a dark time in someone’s life. The light shines upon the rocky shore to be a beacon of hope that guides the way to healing. While the seas of addiction are raging, the light shines bright to meet them where they are, renewing spirits on their journey. At Alpha we hold onto the hope for each woman and their family until they are ready to carry it for themselves. When they are in recovery and complete the program they carry the light into their future and it shines upon all who encounter them.”

-Dr. Merideth Erickson

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