Founder & Executive Director
With degrees in Animal Science and Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly, Erica jumped into the field of educational equity with Teach For America, a national non-profit organization aimed at closing the achievement gap in America. She remained in the field of education working for YES College Prep as a teacher, Dean of Instruction and District Content Specialist, until she heard about the issue of human trafficking.
With this newfound knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit, Erica launched Houston’s first and only non-profit coffee shop working to fight human trafficking in the city. Erica is dedicated to ensuring that A 2nd Cup become a major hub of anti-trafficking education and action and a beacon of light to those still trapped in modern-day slavery.
Director of Strategic Engagement
Director of Programs
Kathryn joined the A 2nd Cup team as Development Director, and has since moved into this brand new role overseeing all of our awareness and aftercare efforts. As an LMSW, Kathryn has worked to serve others in both community level and direct service roles, in the fields of political advocacy, economic development, fundraising and capacity building, and child welfare. She came to A 2nd Cup with a strong passion to educate and build up the Houston community with a mission-minded focus in fighting human trafficking together. Outside of the shop, Kathryn loves spending time with her partner and two pets - Hank the dachshund and Amelia the tabby cat. As a native Houstonian, Kathryn enjoys visiting our community parks and biking trails, eating tacos, and drinking coffee.
Brazen Table Case Manager
Tolu comes to this position with a Masters in Counseling Psychology that is heavily trauma-informed. In addition, she has worked with survivors of domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse and those who have been sexually exploited. Tolu attended graduate school in Seattle, WA, and made her way back to Houston in 2020, but did not leave behind her love of hiking she picked up from the Pacific NW. In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends, be active and enjoy nature, and explore the diverse Houston restaurant scene.
A 2nd Cup General Manager