As a project manager, Eric leads and supports a variety of projects that advance the Center’s mission of inspiring effective risk management in the nonprofit sector. As our newest team member, Eric manages consulting engagements, responds to member inquiries, and creates a variety of educational materials on a wide array of risk topics. Eric is particularly interested in helping Center clients and members master risk management fundamentals while overcoming anxiety and trepidation about the changing and risky landscape in which all nonprofits operate.
Eric’s interest in risk management developed early in his career. While earning his B.A. in Communications and M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, he worked with UofM’s Recreational Sports Department. This experience, coupled with summers spent working at camp, led to ten years of service in the field of outdoor education and recreation. Eric’s camp experience inspired him to pursue work in training and development, which led to a teaching role at the College of Business at James Madison University. He has had a long association with nonprofits and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Project U.S.E., a nonprofit that provides experiential education to youth and adults using the ‘outdoor classroom’ model.
When he’s not keeping up with three children and all of their activities (and associated risks!), Eric likes to find time for reading, listening to all genres of music and the occasional outdoor pursuit. He loves the water the most, particularly canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting. Most recently, Eric was able to combine personal and professional interests while working with Culver Summer Schools and Camps as a boating director and personnel director while his kids attended camp. That experience has been a great reconnection to his younger days and an opportunity for his own children to experience an incredible opportunity.