Myers Steps Up as CAS Alumni Board Treasurer

Posted on: January 20, 2014

Erika-MyersErika Myers, a 1997 journalism graduate, is the new treasurer of the CAS Alumni Board, taking over that position on Jan. 1 after having served on the board since 2009.

"CAS provided me with so much while I was a student. I feel very strongly about giving back as much as I can," Myers said. "To be involved on the board is a great way for me to stay connected to MSU, the students, the staff and faculty, and to also help shape the future of our wonderful college and all it has to offer."

In addition to serving as treasurer, Myers is chair of the CAS Alumni Board Mentoring and Internship Committee and also is a member of the MSU Alumni Association's International Advisory Board.

"As chair of the Mentoring and Internship Committee, my favorite part is the opportunity to interact with current students and help provide some guidance, advice or just a listening ear as they embark on their careers and next stage of life," Myers said. "Knowing that MSU always has their backs makes me so proud to be a representative of our university and part of the Spartan family. Helping students realize what an amazing network they now have no matter where their jobs take them is a great feeling."

Myers is a strong supporter of all things MSU and serves CAS and the university in many ways. She even has volunteered with her husband to help freshmen students move into the residence halls at the beginning of the school year.

"We have had a great time doing that (helping freshmen move in)," Myers said. "To see their excitement brings back many good memories of my time at MSU."

Myer's career has focused on the health care industry, serving medical device and pharmaceutical companies. She currently is a project manager for Stryker, a medical technologies firm based in Kalamazoo, Mich., and provides international management of projects for the Digital Platforms and UI Design team within Global IT.

Her responsibilities at Stryker include management of IT-related social media platforms, email marketing, global surgical education portals, user interface pipeline for mobile applications and websites.

Prior to coming to Stryker in May 2012, Myers did strategic consulting for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. That work included project management, writing, editing, sales training and social media. She also was a project manager for Big Communications in Ferndale, Mich., which produces communications and events for a variety of clients. While at Big Communications, Myers worked on advertising and marketing promotions for pharmaceutical company sales forces, doctors and patients.

"My journalism degree from CAS has been incredibly helpful during my entire 16-plus-year working career," Myers said. "Not only do I use the skills I learned at MSU on a daily basis, but the life experiences I gained helps me navigate the rough waters of the business world, and helps me succeed and be the best I can at everything I do.

"My education and experience at MSU is the reason I am where I am today."

Myers and her husband are expecting their second child in April. And if having a full-time job, family and all her volunteer work isn't enough, she also is an avid runner and tri-athlete, having completed several marathons, half marathons and triathlons, including an Ironman.

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