New Year, New Board Members!

New Year, New Board Members!

As we enter 2019, join us in celebrating our former board members and welcoming our newest board members!

A new year brings fresh starts in lots of spaces, including here at YNPN! We’re leaping into 2019 with both feet, ready to fight for equality and opportunity for professionals across the social sector. Stay tuned for exciting things ahead, including results from our survey and the rollout of YNPN’s new strategic plan.

To get this kind of work done, it takes the right people. The YNPN National Board is a group of folks who strive daily to make the social sector a better place, and a huge resource to getting this work done. I’m thrilled to share that we have five new members joining the National Board, all of whom have been involved in YNPN for years and are deeply committed to this work.

Lindsay Bacher develops new programs and raises money for anti-poverty and food access initiatives at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. She has 10 years of experience in fundraising and grant writing, and supported the most amazing community of young nonprofit people during her four years on the YNPN Twin Cities board. If given the opportunity, Lindsay will show you 40 pictures of her dog, Sam. 

Al Heartley currently serves as Director of Development for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center where he oversees all fundraising activity for the organization. A recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, he has worked at various theaters across the country in managerial positions including Yale Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Writers Theater. Prior to graduate school, Al served as the National Conference Coordinator for the 2015 YNPN National Conference and as a board member of the YNPN Cleveland chapter.  

Kayla Roney-Smith serves as Executive Director of the Hazel Park Promise Zone, a college access organization serving students in metro Detroit. She is a former YNPN Detroit board chair and volunteers with the Junior League of Detroit, Detroit Young Professionals, and FIERCE Empowerment, which works to support young moms. Kayla holds a Master of Social Work degree in Social Policy and Evaluation from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University.

Cole St. Arnold is a former YNPN Twin Cities board member seeking to take the experiences he's gained from serving his chapter the national level. He hopes to take his background in community development and engagement to furthering opportunities for all YNPN members. Cole lives in Saint Paul with his wife, Cate, and their corgi, Dr. Finndiana Bones.

Gary Williams is the Site Director for Public Allies Maryland at BaltimoreCorps, where he works to help people launch careers in social change. Gary also just completed his Masters program at the University of Baltimore in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship. He co-founded the YNPN Baltimore chapter in 2015. Gary is an avid gardener, growing all sorts of foodstuffs in his yard. He also practices and teaches wing chun kung-fu.

We’d like to take the time to thank our incredible board members who completed their terms at the end of 2018:

  • Dan Blakemore
  • Ivan Canada
  • Kari Mirkin
  • Callum Stewart
  • Kim Walker
  • Megan Walker

We’re ready to take on 2019 and hope you’ll join us. Onward!

Jamie Smith

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