Who We Are
Erin West, MPH
Founder & Director
Erin West was born in England into a military family. As a result she makes friends easily and is comfortable with change. Her children like to say that “Wherever we go in the world we run into someone Mom knows.”. Her motto for most of her life has been. “Home is where my shoes are.”
Erin holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Russian Language/Minor in Chinese-Mandarin and earned a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from University of Nevada Las Vegas. She has focused primarily on Community Health Education both in graduate research and in career. Erin created a successful Quit Tobacco program through which many have beaten an addiction to smoking and has helped others improve the quality of their lives through fitness and health as a Wellness Coach.
She lists her greatest achievement as having two amazing, interesting kids. Both played college soccer and are in graduate school. She is been a runner for 42 years and loves trail and ultrarunning. Erin considers herself a strong Buddhist-Mormon. She would rather travel than own anything, is baffled by wanton materialism and loves coffee.
A journey to Cambodia in 2006 left an indelible and lasting impression on her. She was deeply moved by the images of the extreme poverty and desperate circumstances in which many Cambodians live. Kindredhouse was born from an idea in 2007 on a return trip to Cambodia with her daughter, Riley Bassett. An idea to establish a group of friends and family to try to make a difference in the lives of rural Cambodians. This organization is an extension of their shared love of culture and strong belief in service.