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Young Professionals Advisory Council

A&WMA realizes the value of young professionals (YPs) under the age of 35 to the environmental industry. The Association created the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) to support the learning and networking opportunities needed to help YPs excel in their careers.  

YPAC PhotoWhat does YPAC do? The YPAC advises the A&WMA Board of Directors and other Councils regarding services and activities to effectively engage YPs. This Council recruits and retains YP members by fostering relationships with current YP members, employers and A&WMA Sections and Chapters. Additionally, the YPAC assists the leadership of A&WMA in the recruitment, retention, and development of YP members to serve in roles within A&WMA and facilitate the integration of student members into the Association upon graduation.

Get involved now! Many of our active YPAC members have transitioned to new leadership positions on the Board of Directors and other technical and supporting committees. All members of the Association, regardless of age, are encouraged to get involved with YPAC activities. 


Chair: Lindsay Salvador
Vice-Chair: Nadine de Bruyn

YPAC is composed of the following committees: 
  • Local Support Committee – Works with A&WMA Sections and Chapters Council to develop and support YP programs at the Sections and Chapter level of the Association.
  • Technical Committee – Develops YP-focused technical programming and works with Technical Council to provide YP sessions at ACE and specialty conferences.
  • Professional Development Committee – Works with Education Council to develops YP-focused professional development programming.
  • Communications Committee – Generates the YP newsletter and maintains the YP LinkedIn group and YPAC webpage.
  • Vitality Committee – Identifies strategies to retain YP members in the Association by facilitating student to YP and YP to general A&WMA membership transitions.
  • ACE Liaisons – Liaises with the ACE Local Host Committee to develop YP-focused networking and technical programs at the annual conference.
  • Publications Committee – Works with the A&WMA Publications Committees to facilitate YP publications in the Journal and EM Magazine.

Young Professionals Advisory Council Officers
 
Lindsay Salvador
Lindsay Salvador
YPAC Chair
South Atlantic States Section
Research Triangle Park Chapter
 
Nadine de Bruyn
Nadine de Bruyn
YPAC Vice-Chair
Canadian Prairies and
Northern Section
 
Sina Esfandiar Pour
Sina Esfandiar Pour
ACE Liaison (2024)
Canadian Prairies and
Northern Section
 
     
Maria (Gaby) Saavedra
Maria (Gaby) Saavedra
Technical Commitee Chair
Southern Section
Georgia Chapter
Stephanie Taylor
Stephanie Taylor
Vitality Committee Chair
Midwest Section
 
Lindsey Thomassee
Lindsey Thomassee
Vitality Committee Vice-Chair
Louisiana Section
 
     
Shelley Koehn
Shelley Koehn
Professional Development
Committee Chair
Upper Midwest Section
Fianna Li
Haofan (Fianna) Li
Professional Development
Committee Vice-Chair
Golden West Section
Aurelie Marcotte
Aurelie Marcotte
Local Support Committee Chair
South Atlantic States Section
Research Triangle Park Chapter
     
Fiona Jiang
Fiona Jiang
Local Support Committee Vice-Chair
Golden West Section
 
Paul Algu
Paul Algu
Member-at-Large
Louisiana Section