Erica Stone founded the Meriama Fund to honor her mother, Mary Bowrin. Erica has traveled extensively throughout the Himalaya on foot, horse, yak, truck, and helicopter and delights in the most remote corners of Asia. She is president of the American Himalayan Foundation, a director of The Fund for the Tiger and was co-editor of Himalaya, published by National Geographic. Erica has trained in and taught taekwondo for four decades and holds a fifth degree black belt. She has a B.A. and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.