About York Young Professionals

The mission of YYP is to serve as a catalyst for progress in making the City of York a more enjoyable and vibrant place to live, work, and play.

Brief history

York Young Professionals was founded in 1999, with the goal of fostering interaction between young professionals, community residents, stakeholders and our business community.

Creating opportunities

YYP has worked hard to fulfill its mission by creating positive opportunities for networking, community outreach and professional identity.

Full social calendar

YYP members enjoy a full social calendar that includes monthly socials and meet ups, outreach projects, professional development, group dine outs and arts and entertainment events.

Age range

Although our median member age is between 25-35, YYP considers “young” a state of mind, not a number. We welcome members of all ages to join.

Adam Nugent

Selected by and from the membership, the President presides over all meetings of the Board and of the Members and is responsible for general and active management of YYP business.

Laurin Gross

Provides support to the President, along with the committee chairs to ensure we are meeting our member’s needs.

Evan Gabel

The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes at each Board Meeting and is responsible to maintaining all documentation related to activity of the Board of Directors.

Trisha Melikian

Maintains the financial reports, handles payments (to and from YYP), creates the annual budget, and provides insight on the financial position of the organization. This role requires a basic knowledge of bookkeeping and uses QuickBooks and Excel.

Jody Chesla

The Past President serves as an advisor to the current Board and Executive Committee as a non-voting member. The Past President is also the official liaison between the current Board and the YYP Advisory Board.

Gretchen Kowalik

Helps facilitate experiences through meetups that have a more intimate feel than socials. These events allow members to attend theater events, baseball games, wineries, etc. In addition, the Events Chair heads the Foot Rally committee, which is held every August.

Will Hanlon

Manages communication with members and prospective members regarding events and opportunities through the website, newsletter and social media.

Danielle Makrias

Maintains membership list and manages renewals of members. Reaches out to guests and new members and assists in the joining process. Checks everyone in at socials.

Kevin Forry

Work cohesively with YYP membership and Board to coordinate and organize all community outreach efforts for YYP.

Nikki Brandt

Responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with people and organizations in the community for the mutual benefit of YYP and that organization.

Matthew Davis

This is where the magic happens. You bring members, a great location, some sort of edible food, and drinks into a pot and simmer for 2 hours. There is some work involved but it’s a skill that you’ll keep forever.

Doug Hammond

This board member represents and advocates on behalf of the YYP membership. (S)he acts as the voice of the members and serves as a liaison between the membership and the organization’s leadership.

David Gonzalez

Coordinates the YCEA relationship with YYP. The partnership is essential for connecting young professionals to the community and for businesses to get their employees involved in the community.

Advisory Board

This Board consists of past YYP Board Members and thoughtful community leaders who meet three times per year to advise the YYP Board of Directors. YYP values the Board members’ presence and expertise in the York community. The Advisory Board’s input and work will help to ensure that YYP’s actions and aspirations continue to support our mission of making York a more enjoyable and vibrant place to live, work & play.

  • Dylan Bauer, RSDC, Inc.
  • Meagan Feeser, Give Local York
  • Jamie Reid, York Traditions Bank
  • Kevin Schreiber, York County Economic Alliance
  • Britta Schwab, Bell Socialization Service
  • Karin Swartz, York Country Day School