Although a relatively recent transplant to Simi Valley from Long Beach, in the three years since moving to Simi Valley, Erickson and his wife Lorraine, have become involved in local community groups, including the Kiwanis Club. Through the Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley, Erickson met Don Sturt, current Kiwanis Club President and also a member of the Free Clinic Board who approached him about joining the Board.
“I’ve long admired the Free Clinic and what they do. I also like the fact that the Free Clinic is not government supported and that it is simply people in Simi Valley helping people in Simi Valley,” said Erickson on why he was interested in getting involved with the Clinic. “You’ve got to do your part,” he added.
Although not normally litigating on behalf of plaintiffs, he was nominated by the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles in 2010 for its "Street Fighter of the Year" Award. This distinction is given to a plaintiff’s lawyer who has litigated a case that creates a more just society, regardless of personal benefit or financial gain. Pro-bono work and landmark cases that may not have produced a substantial financial verdict are given special consideration. He has also been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's "Preeminent" rating, one of the highest levels of professional excellence based on peer review distinction within in the legal community.
When Erickson was asked what he hopes to bring to the Free Clinic, he said he hopes to leverage his contacts and experience within the healthcare and medical device industry to gain more support for the Free Clinic’s programs.
Erickson graduated from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, where he met his future wife, Lorraine. They have eight children and eight grandchildren. He received his B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972 and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1976.
In addition to Erickson, the Free Clinic of Simi Valley’s board of directors consists of Mané Berbel, Best Valley Insurance; Vincent Dulcich, Aerospace Executive, Retired; Kurt Fredrickson, Vice President, Fuller Theological Seminary; Rev. Ron Hyrchuk, Simi Valley Hospital; Maggie Kestly, Mid Valley Properties; John Lindsey, Lindsey & Lindsey Wealth Management; Aimee Ostick, M.D., Kaiser Permanente; Don Sturt, Keller Williams Realty; Harry VanDyck, Century Accounting & Tax Solutions; Polly Vlasic, Registered Nurse, Retired; Phyllis Wilson, MA MFT; Curt Witeby, Insurance West; and Fred W. Bauermeister, Executive Director, Free Clinic of Simi Valley.
About The Free Clinic of Simi Valley The Free Clinic of Simi Valley has provided continuous service since its establishment in 1971 as a non-profit, volunteer-based charitable community service organization. The mission of the Free Clinic of Simi Valley is to provide medical care, counseling, dental, and legal assistance to individuals and families, regardless of their ability to pay. This includes those of all ages, ethnicities, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds, who are unable to use traditional sources within the community. The Free Clinic of Simi Valley is a GuideStar Gold Exchange participant, a status awarded for exemplary nonprofit transparency, and is also a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit according to GreatNonprofits.org, based on multiple 5-Star User Reviews.
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