YPAL Cares, the foundational support for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville has announced its new Board of Directors who will begin their term July 1, 2014. The board will be Chaired by long-time YPAL member, John P. Weis, Financial Consultant at Humana, Inc. Weis will serve a one-year term. More information about Weis is below.

Joining Weis is a group of young professionals with a variety of personal, educational and professional backgrounds who share the organization’s commitment to generating opportunities for developing and growing Louisville’s talent pool. They are: Abbie Gilbert, Humana – Vice Chair; Daniel Mudd, Frost Brown Todd – Secretary; Ashley Williamson, Deloitte & Touche, LLP – Treasurer; Daniel Cameron, Stites & Harbison, PLLC; Kyle Elmore, Elucidate Financial Solutions; Megan Haering, Brown-Forman; Brian Kaelin, Humana.; Brandon Johnson, The Entrepreneur’s Law Firm, LLC & Richardson & Richardson, PSC; Marty Merkel, JRA Architects; Nick Phelps, Your Community Bank; Elizabeth Post, Boxcar PR; and Carson Stewart, Yum! Brands.

Weis and the Board of Directors will lead YPAL Cares this year in providing opportunities for fundraising and philanthropic support for YPAL and other organizations that align with YPAL’s strategic priorities and interests. When asked what he hoped to achieve in his new role, Weis said, “We want to make sure Cares is successful in its role as a support for YPAL. The board will continue to raise funds to keep the Emerging Leaders Program going strong and work on a few new initiatives to ensure YPAL can fulfill its mission to connect, engage and develop Louisville’s leaders.”

About John Weis:

John has been a director on the YPAL Cares Board since 2013, serving as Chair of Individual Giving until taking over as Chairman in 2014.  A YPAL member since 2010, John joined the YPAL Board of Directors as the first ever Vice President of Special Projects in 2012, helping to found the Emerging Leader Program.

John Weis is a Financial Consultant for Humana’s Northern Division & Puerto Rico in Senior Products, which includes the Great Lakes, Central North, Northeast, and Puerto Rico regions.  Combining his technical and financial competencies, he is responsible for financial reporting and analysis for the division, Medicare bid process, budgeting and ad-hoc analyses to support individual markets.

A Louisville native, John graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2004 with a degree in Computer Science and earned his Master of Business Administration degree in 2010 from the University of Louisville’s Entrepreneurship MBA Program.  John currently serves as the inaugural President of the University of Louisville MBA Alumni Network.  When he has time, he also serves an adjunct professor, teaching classes in Finance and Management Information Systems.  John enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, going to concerts and sporting events, and taking on new home improvement projects.  He is a devoted supporter of UofL athletics.

About YPAL Cares:

Established in 2009, YPAL Cares was founded as a 501(c)3 organization to providing fundraising and philanthropic support to  the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) and its mission. YPAL Cares seeks to provide leadership development, educational opportunities and philanthropic support to Louisville’s Young Professionals for the benefit of the local community. In its first year, YPAL Cares built the first Platinum LEED home in Kentucky in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. The foundation works closely with YPAL to grow the Emerging Leaders Program, created in 2013.

About YPAL:

The Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) was created in 1999 after a study showed Louisville was losing its young people after college graduation to larger cities. Since its inception, YPAL has built credibility as a social and professional organization for young professionals in Louisville and Southern Indiana to be a conduit to connect to their communities. YPAL strives to connect and engage Metro Louisville’s young professionals through community, professional and social opportunities.