Biography – Erika Santana

As our receptionist, Erika is the first person you’ll talk to when you call our office. She’s in charge of directing your questions and concerns to the right people, sorting our mail, ensuring paperwork arrives on the correct desk, and generally acting as a pair of helping hands around the office. She’s been with us since the beginning of summer 2017 and we are so thankful for her help.Erika Santana

A native of Chicago, Erika is pre-law and is studying political science at Governors State University. She will be finishing college soon and hopes to become a paralegal.

As a part of her dual degree program, Erika often volunteers with her classmates at local homeless shelters, daycare centers, and other community organizations. She says she enjoys getting to know different members of her community and being a part of their success.

In her free time, Erika likes to compete in water sports. Don’t let her petite frame fool you: she’s crazy competitive and does what it takes to win. As a former lifeguard and competitive swimmer, she’s met plenty of other athletes who she now competes against in various “pick up” water polo matches – her favorite water sport since you “get to be more aggressive and express yourself.”

After all that water time, she definitely deserves a cheat meal and Erika knows exactly where to go: Medici’s on 57th in Hyde Park. She says there’s something for everyone on the menu there and she goes at least once a week for the great food and comfy atmosphere. If she’s not at Medici’s, she’s checking out Buco Di Beppo or Portillos. Basically, if it serves pasta, she loves it.

As for TV, her favorite show is Dexter. The main character’s heartlessness is fascinating to her and she’s never sure how each episode will end up. Erika thinks it’s crazy that there might actually be people out there who are like that, so she balances out her viewing with more light-hearted binges like The Fosters and Gilmore Girls.

And in case you were wondering, she’s totally a Lorelai.

Erika Santana

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