Ericca was born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 18, 1965. Her family moved frequently but settled in Hermantown, Minnesota in 1975. At the age of 18 Ericca discovered she had an eating disorder. In 1985 Ericca was attending the University of Minnesota Duluth and found a small weight room. In 1987 Ericca married and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth and gave birth to her daughter Jessica in 1988. Ericca was divorced in 1992 and met future husband Brad Kern. She started to train for her first show, the 1992 Gopher State championship. There she placed first in the heavyweight class, and also won the overall championship. During the next four years Ericca gained more success at local and national competitions. Finally in January 1995 Ericca moved her family to Irvine, California and competed at the 1995 IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships. Ericca placed first in the heavyweight class and won the overall championship, earning her pro card. Ericca currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL and is training to compete in the IFBB Pro Figure Division in late 2010.