Eric joined the Liberty Prairie Foundation in March 2009. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Capital University and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary, completing coursework in urban ministry, leadership, and eco-justice as well as a thesis on subsistence farming in ancient Israel.
Eric’s background includes 7 years experience in social services, having worked as case manager for low-income senior citizens and as supervisor of a drop in center for people suffering from homelessness and addiction. Outside of his experience in the social service sector, Eric has spent much of his life doing physical labor, restoring back-country trails, managing the wood lot and labor team at Holden Village, and leading the harvest crew at Sandhill Family Farms.
Eric strives to create meaningful and empowering work and educational opportunities and believes in the power of food to create community. He expanded the Montessori School of Lake Forest’s adolescent farm program, shaped the Prairie Farm Corps from its inception, and collaborated with local churches to create the Community Gleaning Project. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center and also speaks Spanish.
Eric hopes to one day transfer the skills and programming he is developing with the Liberty Prairie Foundation to serve the Kenosha/Racine area, the community in which he and his family reside.