Erika A. Purcell-Williams

Erika Purcell-Williams


  • B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007
  • M.P.H., George Washington University, 2010


Erika Purcell-Williams is originally from Grand Rapids, MI. She attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in African American Studies and a minor in Biological Anthropology. Her desire to understand vast health issues around the world encouraged her to participate in multiple international teaching programs, specifically training programs that aimed at tackling basic misinformation about HIV/AIDS. This led to her pursuit to a career within the field of public health and health sciences. Mrs. Purcell-Williams graduated from The George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Public Health within Public Health Communications and Marketing. She is interested in working within the educational field, specifically serving urban populations, and implementing outreach programs that focus on access to higher education. 

Prior to joining the Biology and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments at Calvin University, Mrs. Purcell-Williams worked in outreach and director positions for various organizations in Grand Rapids, such as Steepletown Neighborhood Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Grand Rapids Community College. 

In her spare time, Mrs. Purcell-Williams is a musician and works in the Music Ministry with her home church, New Hope Baptist Church. She also works within the Athletics program at her old high school, Ottawa Hills High School, focusing on the Freshman Football Program.


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