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Erin (Pierce) Lane (May 2006)
Kianu Alumna- Class of 1996

Nomination:

Erin Pierce Lane and familyErin, daughter Gracie, & husband Aaron

Iwould like to nominate Erin (Pierce) Lane for this month’s GWTA.

Exactly one year ago, I was completely lost –I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do after graduation. I had lots of ideas and knew I had some sort of potential but didn’t know where to begin…

One day I read an email sent out by Erin on the Kianu Yahoo Group in response to post-graduation opportunities. I think it said something like “If anyone is interested in moving to the Washington, DC area and has an interest in environmental issues - contact me.” I responded and found out that Erin worked as Director of Federal Government Relations for Plug Power, an amazing company that develops a type of alternative energy powered by hydrogen called a fuel cell. Erin offered to help with some guidance in how to get my foot in the door in the alternative energy sector. Erin and I kept in contact throughout the summer and, ultimately, I came to work for a non-profit organization called the US Fuel Cell Council.

Gracie"My new best friend Gracie Lane! She’s so cute!"

I’m a bit of a country girl and after living in a rural little town like New Concord for 4 years the adjustment to big city life was a little difficult. However, Erin and her husband have been so incredibly kind. For over two months they allowed me to live with them and their beautiful baby girl, Grace. Seriously, who just opens up their home to a random stranger and offers to do anything they can to help them? I have no idea what I would have done without Erin. Whether it was helping me figure out how to ride the Metro, advice on long distance relationships, or teaching me how to set up a personal budget, Erin helped me work my way through the complications of my transition. She opened me up to so many exciting new things in my life and showed me that everyone has the opportunity to succeed as long as they put their all into everything they do--and Erin does exactly that. She is a supportive wife, a loving mother, and an outstandingly strong woman in her career. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Erin and what she has accomplished in her life.

Erin is helping me learn that I can achieve my goals and I believe that she will long continue to be a mentor in my professional career. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty as a sister in Kianu and I will forever be indebted to her graciousness.

Sarah Olexsak '05


If you would like to nominate someone for this profile (active or alumna), please e-mail ruthcseaman(at)gmail(dot)com with your selection. Changes are made as nominations are received.

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Last Update: May 2006