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Seton Alumnae Spotlight: Erica McMahon Miller ’09
Born in Adelphi, Maryland and having attended St. Mark Elementary School, Erica McMahon Miller ’09 came to Seton, admittedly, because Seton was the logical choice for her parents. A bit disappointed at not being able to follow some of her closest friends, Erica now counts herself “incredibly blessed” by her parents who made the “big decision” for her.
She began Seton by throwing herself into soccer, but soon was able to claim membership in a long list of clubs: National Honor Society, Ambassadors, Peer Mediators, and Yearbook while also being four-year varsity soccer and lacrosse player. By senior year, she was the team captain of both teams, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and student assistant to Coach Cage.
Erica definitely attributes her love for Seton to the “people” who taught her, coached her, and built long-lasting friendships with her as they helped her become the comfortable and confident young woman that she is today. Another special person who figured into her lifelong happiness is her now husband, Chris Miller, a 2009 DeMatha grad whom she met while attending Seton and with whom she is expecting her first child.
After graduation, Erica attended Anne Arundel Community College where she was a two-year National JUCO All American as well as an Academic All American. She later graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Maryland with a BA in Psychology and then earned a Master’s Degree in counseling from Bowie State University. Currently, Erica is in the 5th year of managing her own business, Wren Bridal, in Annapolis.
Erica has been a Seton leader and team player once again as a member of the 60th Anniversary Committee. She gives back to Seton because she wants what the school gave her “to be available and accessible to young women today.” Recently, graduates of her class returned to Seton for their 10th reunion. As she says, “My class and I were blown away by the improvements to the campus and the new programs, and we were so proud of all that the school had done, but what was most amazing to witness was the way our class interacted with one another as we seamlessly connected with people we hadn’t seen in years.” The feeling that she had as a freshman never faded, as once again, she attests that the magic of Seton is the people: past and present.
Erica is grateful that fourteen years ago, she decided “to move forward and make the most of her Seton education”. “Now,” she adds, “I can’t imagine my life without the memories, the friendships, and the experiences of Seton.” She prays that as her alma mater continues to grow and adapt, Seton will also retain the “timeless aspects of itself that foster the full spectrum of what it means to be a woman: independence, collaboration, decisiveness, kindness –values that develop true strength – Seton’s brand, The Light to Know and The Grace to Do.”