Meet the 2017 AYNP Executive Committee

The votes are in! We are excited to announce our 2017 Alliance for Young Nonprofit Professionals (AYNP) Executive Committee:


Nita Sexton, Consulting Data Analyst for Girl Scouts of the USA

Vice President

Jennifer Patterson, Education and Fundraising Coordinator for Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless


Cera Smith, Volunteer Coordinator for The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley


Alanna McKissack, Executive Director of Keep Blount Beautiful

Membership Co-Chairs

Ryan Parker, Director of Development for Wesley House Community Center

Nicole Wicker, Development and Prevention Coordinator for New Hope, Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center

The Alliance for Young Nonprofit Professionals (AYNP) is an affinity group of the Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN). AYNP's mission is to connect, empower, and develop young professionals in the East TN nonprofit sector through opportunities in career development, networking, and community engagement. AYNP offers an opportunity to network with peers, learn about nonprofit trends, and develop a voice for their generation in the nonprofit sector.

The AYNP Council (comprised of the executive committee, ABN staff, and other community volunteers) will be IMG_5430.JPGscheduling programming once a month, with content specific to young nonprofit professionals in our region. Activities will include lunch & learns, special speakers, service learning projects, casual happy hours, and group recreation activities. Watch for upcoming events to be announced on the AYNP Facebook Page.

Past activities have included: an open dialogue with City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett; site visits to Zoo Knoxville and Ijams Nature Center; yoga and happy hour; speed networking; special speakers on the topics of leadership, volunteerism, presentation skills and communication styles; a friendsgiving potluck; fireside chats and more.

Have an idea for a group activity or discussion topic? We want to hear from you! Contact us at or call (865) 313-2077.


386 Tiffani Mensch is the Director of Community Engagement for ABN. With over a decade of experience in nonprofit education, community outreach, and fundraising, Tiffani is passionate about helping nonprofits achieve greater mission impact. Before joining ABN, she worked for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the University of Tennessee, and Girls Inc. of Santa Fe. She earned her master of arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Tiffani currently serves on the board of trustees for Girls Inc. of Knoxville and is a peer reviewer for the Standards for Excellence Institute. She also volunteers with several local nonprofits.