The YPA board of directors is comprised of up to 15 members who have actively served on a YPA committee prior to their nomination to the board. The board meets monthly to oversee the programming and management of the organization. The board is elected annually through a nomination process each August.
2016-2017 Board of Directors:
Young Professional of Albuquerque is the future of Albuquerque. I look forward to helping shape that future along with the other great minds and leaders in our city. Onward and Upward!
Madison Clark—Vice President
It is an honor to be on the board of a top-notch Albuquerque organization. I hope, as an organization, we can grow, and be at service to our membership and the city of Albuquerque.
Jason Buchta—Professional Development Chair
YPA is a great organization where I have made many friends. In my role as membership chair, I hope to recruit new quality members, and to retain the great members that we already have. I will also encourage feedback from our membership in order to make our organization stronger as we move forward into another program year.
The Young Professionals of Albuquerque offers great opportunities to meet other young professionals in the local area, which can develop into great business relationships and/or a new friendships. With all the different events that YPA coordinates, it’s easy to get involved with our community, as well as develop new business and leadership skills, all while you’re among friends and other young professionals.
Ben Walton—At Large, Special Projects
My goal is to make the Young Professionals of Albuquerque one of the premier professional organizations in New Mexico for large and small businesses to join.
Megan Bodenheimer—Community Engagement Chair
YPA is a great opportunity for young professionals to not only network, but really get involved with your community to make an impact. Albuquerque has so many non-profits & I’m excited to help connect people to various community engagement opportunities. It’s amazing how a few hours of volunteering can make a difference!
Joe Brooks—Past President
I am interested in serving the YPA Board to help YPA reach more young professionals and assist them in their development and community engagement.
Rathi Casey—Marketing Chair
When I had just moved to Albuquerque, YPA was one of the best ways for me to meet like-minded professionals in a city that was completely new to me. It has been a pleasure to meet the leaders of various industries that help make Albuquerque a unique place through community engagement, networking events and other methods of professional development. It has been a great experience and I am excited to be a part of the board this year to further develop my relationship with this city!
Brandon Barela—Membership Chair
I have not had the opportunity since college to interact and be involved with so many like-minded individuals around my age group. YPA is an inspiring organization that has allowed me to grow professionally and personally. If you are only as good as the people you surround yourself by then I choose to be part of a group that’s going to be the future of Albuquerque.
Melanie Garcia—Social Chair
I have not had the opportunity since college to interact and be involved with so many like-minded individuals around my age group. YPA is an inspiring organization that has allowed me to grow professionally and personally.
Nadine Buerger—Sponsorship Chair
YPA is a great organization for Millennials, professional development and giving back to the community. I want to help YPA grow even stronger and better by offering my support in any way.
Being a member of Young Professionals of Albuquerque has opened my eyes to a whole new aspect of the city. I moved to Abq right out of college in 2013 and after 2 years of trying to find like minded individuals my age I came across YPA through a friend. I have met so many wonderful people who are motivated and want to make a difference in our community and beyond.
Contact the board by emailing Ron Patel