Erica Gruseck is the Religious Education Coordinator with Annunciation Catholic Church, a position she recently accepted after having served as a Sunday School teacher for 4 years. Erica has always been an avid volunteer in her church, school and community and possesses a sincere passion for encouraging children to become the best possible version of themselves. Erica can often be found donating her time and energy at Annunciation Catholic School, a place that became near and dear to her heart immediately after moving to the area in 2011. She has served as the Parent School Association president, school musical costume director, and can be found helping at various school events such as field day, open house, talent show or one of their larger fundraisers.
Erica decided to get involved when the New Hope branch of the Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA faced closure. As a newer member to the New Hope community, Erica immediately recognized the value and positive impact that the YMCA had on the community. She diligently campaigned to keep the facility open through publicity, fundraising, and membership drives. Through that endeavor she connected with United Way Executive Director, Renee Sanders, and learned about the United Way Adopt-a-Family program. Erica successfully increased Steel Dynamics, Inc.’s participation in the program, resulting in the company adopting 5 times as many families, and she continues to foster and encourage their ongoing involvement.
Erica’s early career was in corporate recruiting. She has continued to provide free career counseling services, on a referral basis, helping people write resumes and cover letters, hone interviewing skills, and create individualized career development tracks. She has been working with some of these clients for more than 20 years and finds a great deal of satisfaction helping others realize their full potential.
Erica Gruseck graduated from Penn State University, The Behrend College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She grew up in Rochester, New York and has lived in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, and Mississippi. She has resided in New Hope, MS since 2015 with her husband of 21 years and their two sons.