Erika Richards-Harding was born in Chicago Illinois. She attended Culver Military academy, a boarding school in Indiana, where she first met JR. At college she earned a journalism and dance degree. Her first job brought her to Lake Tahoe where, during a reporting assignment, she was asked to plan parties for a living, from which grew her company, EVENTUS. She worked with the Atlanta and Salt Lake Olympics and travelled widely. Her travels took her to Atlanta, where JR reached out and asked her to attend the FSU GATOR football game. As he says it, that was the hook and all he had to do was reel her in. She recently passed the USPTA tennis certification exam and now teaches tennis. Other successes include writing “Now What” with JR and their continued advocacy. She’s served on the Chamber of Commerce for persons with Disabilities, The Tallahassee Equal Opportunity Council and currently serves on the Board for the local center for Independent Living, Ability 1st.