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Welcome YNPN-TC's Newest Volunteers!

by Brian Gioielli
Follow me on Twitter: @giosmelly

We here at YNPN-TC are busy! It’s been a wonderful 2013 so far, and 2014 will be no exception with the YNPN National Conference and some other exciting initiatives on the horizon. None of this would be possible without all the amazing volunteers on our Membership, Communications, Programming and Governance committees!

The past 6 months we have been lucky enough to welcome a number of amazing rockstars onto the team and here’s a chance to get to know a little bit about them. I’m personally inspired by all of these individuals and the things they are doing for our non-profit sector here in the Twin Cities and beyond. They are a true example of what a dedicated and committed group of volunteers can accomplish for a community.

Helen Paillé

Twitter handle: @hpaille

Workplace: Home Free Community Programs

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

To build my network of other young non-profiteers working in different areas of the nonprofit sector.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

The fabulous events! The Networking Recess event this year in particular.

Favorite drink/where to drink it?

Hendricks and tonic on my porch.

Hannah Burchill

Twitter handle: @brrrchill

Workplace: Campus Media Group 

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

One Direction

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

Networking! Also, idle hands do the devil's work.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

The whiteboard from the June Programming Committee meeting.

Any advice for young non-profit professionals out there?

You're doing a great job everyone!

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

Whatever is on special. Anywhere.

Kylie Nichols

Twitter handle: I’m not on the twitter! 

Workplace: On the market for evaluation work. 

What’s the last thing you listened to on your iPod?

Probably streaming The Current.

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

I'm in the middle of a major career transition and heard YNPN was good way to get out there and meet people who share my interests.

Any advice for young non-profit professionals out there? 

Don't ever be afraid to leave a bad job. There's always a better opportunity waiting for you. 

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it? 

Hoppy, local beer at the Spring Street Tavern (if I'm in Minneapolis) or Sweeny's (if I'm in St. Paul).

Veronica Kneeland

Twitter Handle: @VKneeland 

What’s the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus—I seriously can’t stop listening to that song.

Why did you get involved in YNPN?

I wanted to gain more experience in the non-profit field and meet new, awesome people.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

I like the variety of events YNPN offers. From professional development events, to happy hours, and even a play at the Guthrie, there is something for everyone. Plus there is a good chance you’re going to meet some pretty sweet people.

Any advice for young non-profit professionals out there?

Say yes! You never know where volunteering for something will take you and you might find a skill you never knew you had.

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

Chocolate Milk. I usually get it from my fridge, but I haven’t had it in a while. 

Aly Wallberg

Twitter Handle: @AlyWallberg 

Workplace: Development Manager at AdoptAClassroom.org 

What’s the last thing you listened to on your iPod?

Stuff You Should Know podcast about how hip-hop works.

Why did you get involved in YNPN?

I joined YNPN-TC to hang out with other awesome people who give a damn about what's happening in the world.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

My favorite things about YNPN are the quality people and amazing programs - it's incredible what this passionate group of volunteers manages to accomplish! 

Meghan Timmel

Twitter Handle@megharney

Workplace: Minnesota Council on Economic Education

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

When I get into a song, I REALLY get into a song, so I've been listening to Blurred Lines on repeat lately. This of course means that I'll be sick of it any minute now.

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

I recently moved to the Twin Cities and thought ynpn would be a great way to get involved and meet new people.

Favorite thing about ynpn so far?

I really enjoy the variety of events that ynpn offers. Each month has something different to offer, which definitely keeps me interested and eager to keep going to events. 

Katie O’Shaughnessy

Twitter Handle: @katieadeline

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

I work with kids currently and they LOVE Icona Pop, so we had a mini dance party to "I love it." I get a laugh out of how the kids enjoy it and think its happy but it's totally not.

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

Looking for networking opportunities and thought it would be fun to get to know others in the Twin Cities that share the same mindset regarding the importance of the nonprofit sector.

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

I'm a beer girl - so it can be gotten wherever...but the more local the better.

Lisa Wolfson

Twitter Handle: Sorry – not on the Twitter!

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

“Home” by ZZ Ward

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

To network and and find out about possible career paths in the non-profit world. To get involved in local activities and events.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

How totally friendly and willing to share experiences everyone is! I feel comfortable asking questions and diving right in, knowing there's people who are happy to help answer questions and point me in the right direction.

David Von Eschen

Twitter Handle@DavidFongs

Workplace: Dell Compellent

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

Dessa

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

I worked in non profit for several years, and now that I am in the for profit sector it is a nice way to stay involved.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

The people. Whether you are a member or a volunteer, if you are part of ynpn you are probably cool.

There you have it! A big thanks to all of these amazing people! Feeling inspired? You can check out our current volunteer opportunities at www.ynpntwincities.org/volunteer. We would love to have you involved! Cheers!


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