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


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


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 scheduling 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.