ERICA COFFEY is from Michigan but has been “down south” for 13 years. She’s fallen in love with the hills, southern food, and Knoxville’s lively, diverse community. As a lifelong animal lover, being the Sponsorship Coordinator at Zoo Knoxville has been a dream come true for Erica. She’s not only helping animals (and able to see tigers and red pandas daily), but building relationships with wonderful people. In her spare time, you can find Erica reading or searching for the next adventure in her “year of trying new things,” which has included a Polar Bear Plunge, a 5K, and escorting veterans on an HonorAir flight.