Born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1968, Erna moved to the West Side, where she attended Beverly Vista School and graduated from Beverly Hills High School. At Beverly High, she was a State Finalist in Varsity Gymnastics and Springboard Diving. She then went to NYU for two years, where she played NCAA Volleyball and studied a number of arts subjects, including Fine Art, Theatre and French. Erna then transferred to UCLA and graduated in June 1995, at the UCLA Olympic Tennis Stadium, where she had the pleasure of speaking on the importance of foreign languages and women’s education.
That Commencement Address led to a meeting with the LA Jung Group, a network of Los Angeles-based women LMFTs and mental health professionals, and an ongoing interest and involvement in the intersection between art and psychoanalysis.
In 1995, Erna left for England, where she attended Wadham College, Oxford and read Modern Langauges (French) and Literature. At Oxford, she worked extensively on French writer, director, and Cannes Film Festival award winner, Marguerite Duras, and American author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Willa Cather.
In 1996, Erna won “proxime accessit” for The Rex Warner Literary Prize (at Wadham College) and produced an original play, by Richard Marsh, that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Scotland. In 2006, her play, “The Three Ages of Woman” was a Semi-Finalist for The Princess Grace Prize for New Dramatists (in New York). She has, since, published scholarly work, short stories, a novel, directed a short subject film, and has covered news, on space science and technology, for the Austrian Times.
NGOs, Artistic & Academic organisations:
Erna is a member the People for Children (part of the Ricky Martin Foundation that works to combat international child sex trafficking), Equality Now (an international women’s civil rights organization), the Oxford University Society of Paris, SACD (Sociétés des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques), a Paris-based writers & artists guild. She is also a member of the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Education Foundation and the International Women’s Writing Guild.