Lifespan Education


The work of Lifespan Education is dedicated to:

Stephanie Erin Pierce     


1982 - 2000

"Stefi" was widely known and loved throughout her community as a gifted student; dedicated softball, tennis and soccer player, coach and referee; lifeguard and swimming teacher; reading/math tutor; emergency medical technician; favorite babysitter; community volunteer--or, as she was known to say, "whatever!" She had been accepted to college and was planning to attend medical school to become an emergency room pediatrician at the Medical College of Virginia, where she already was doing internships through her high school, the Governor's School for Government and International Studies in Richmond, Virginia. She loved spending time with her large extended family and her many friends, young and old alike.

On April 29, 2000, a beautiful, sunny day shortly after her 18th birthday, Stephanie inexplicably veered over the yellow line and was killed in a head-on collision while driving to her volunteer job with the Ashland Virginia Rescue Squad. Nearly 1,000 mourners, including fellow emergency medical personnel from around the US, attended her "celebration of life" service, which speaks volumes about the impression this extraordinary young woman left on others. The Rescue Squad has since established a memorial scholarship fund and the youth athletic league has dedicated a field in her name, placing a memorial stone and garden.

Like the butterfly, Stephanie touched many lives and then moved on . . . but she continues to inspire us.