Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephens College, and has credentials as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. She has volunteer fire service experience with Boone County Fire Protection District, and is a Technical Information Specialist with Missouri Task Force One (FEMA/DHS). McGruder has technical writing experience and has done curriculum development. She has been a guest instructor at MU FRTIís Winter Fire School. McGruder is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter II, Fire Investigator, and Fire Instructor II in Missouri.