The Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network (NEK YPN) will have a new leadership team in 2021.

The group, which also manages the NEK Chapter of the Vermont Welcome Wagon Project, has voted in a new Chair, Trisha Morley, following the end of Maire Folan’s term. The NEK YPN steering committee, made up of over two dozen young professionals, voted in the new officers to guide the direction of the group in 2021 and beyond.

Folan, chair of the NEK YPN from 2017-2020, said, “I am so proud of the YPN steering committee. The enthusiasm and dedication to supporting our YP and business community is inspiring. I am thrilled to congratulate two new leaders in our group, Trisha Morley, who is taking the role of chair, and Avery Williams as vice chair. While my tenure as chair has come to a close, I will continue to support this group and its efforts. I know we will accomplish great things under Trisha, Avery and standing Treasurer Sarah Chadburn's leadership!”

During Folan’s tenure, Morley had been serving as vice chair for the group. Steering committee member Avery Williams was voted in to assume the position as vice chair under Morley. Sarah Chadburn will remain in her position as treasurer.

Morley said of the personal impact of NEK YPN, “I have made community connections, learned about resources in the community I never knew existed, enhanced project management skills, teambuilding and leadership. Most important of all, I’ve made friends. This group has a lot to offer and I certainly look forward to being part of its leadership for the next three years!”

Under Morley's leadership, the NEK YPN plans to move forward with a new strategic plan for 2021-2023, thanks to a Spark Connecting Community grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. The strategic plan includes goals for the group to accomplish in the coming 3 years, like expanded marketing efforts, partnerships, and community building. The NEK Collaborative also continues to support the efforts of the NEK YPN in welcoming new Vermonters through the Vermont Welcome Wagon Project and funding a part-time administrative staff member to facilitate communications from the group.

The NEK YPN is open and free to join, and typically hosts in-person events, educational opportunities and social mixers. Due to COVID-19, in-person events are on pause, though the group has remained active in virtual settings.

To learn more or to join the NEK YPN as a member, please visit: www.facebook.com/NEKYoungProfessionals/ and click the blue “Sign Up” button to join for free and receive newsletter updates. You can also email the group to sign up at nekypg@nekchamber.com. For more information about the NEK Chapter of the Vermont Welcome Wagon Project, visit: www.vtwelcomewagon.org and sign up to become a host or participant with the free program.

To contact the NEK YPN to share information, ideas, or to honor/celebrate young professionals in the area, send an email to: nekypg@nekchamber.com.