AJ Eckman

President

AJ Eckman has been a member of LYP since 2006, holding various roles […]

AJ Eckman

AJ Eckman

President

AJ Eckman has been a member of LYP since 2006, holding various roles on the board throughout his 11 year tenure. He has more than 14 years in the financial sector, serving as a branch manager in the consumer banking segment. AJ’s passion is to make home ownership possible for everyone, and several years ago transitioned from bank management to the mortgage banking division. He currently is a mortgage consultant with BB&T Home Mortgage and takes pride in helping first time buyers become invested in Lancaster County. 

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Chase Hafer

Vice President

Chase Hafer is a Central PA Native and currently oversees the marketing and […]

Chase Hafer

Chase Hafer

Vice President

Chase Hafer is a Central PA Native and currently oversees the marketing and brand strategy for Clean Works, a local service-based organization. He teaches seminars to students in the business program at Millersville University, and is a contributing writer for Susquehanna Style magazine. He is a Lancaster city resident, and in his spare time, he enjoys cooking, entertaining, volunteering and renovating his 1800s Lancaster city rowhome.

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Sean Smith

Treasurer

Sean Smith is a Certified Public Accountant at Ross Buehler Falk & Company, […]

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Treasurer

Sean Smith is a Certified Public Accountant at Ross Buehler Falk & Company, LLP. In addition to his role at LYP, he is a board member and development committee co-chair of the Lancaster Safety Coalition, which aims to make Lancaster a safer place, and is a member of 100 Men Who Care, which regularly collects significant donations for local nonprofits. Sean resides in downtown Lancaster with his wife and son.

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Jessie Barker

Secretary

Jessie Barker was born and raised in Lancaster County and currently is working on […]

Jessie Barker

Jessie Barker

Secretary

Jessie Barker was born and raised in Lancaster County and currently is working on a Chemical Engineering masters degree. She runs and maintains a farm in Elizabethtown with four horses and two barn cats. Jessie is constantly busy; she volunteers with LYP, Fairhill International Equestrian and United States Pony Club as a horseback instructor as well as a coach to her devoted students. She also loves spending time cooking, being a geek, grooming for her friends while they are competing at upper levels, being active with friends and family as well as with her four dogs and two cats at home.

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Michael Heller

Business Development Director

Michael Heller is a Lancaster County native, growing up in the West Hempfield […]

Michael Heller

Michael Heller

Business Development Director

Michael Heller is a Lancaster County native, growing up in the West Hempfield area. He graduated Magna Cume Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Business Management Sciences. Michael enjoys international travel, golf, hiking, theater, arts, and playing with his three adorable dogs.  He has a passion for fundraising, pet therapy, and supporting the local arts community.

Nathan Stoltzfus

College Outreach Director

Nathan Stoltzfus has been living and working in Lancaster County for the past […]

Nathan Stoltzfus

Nathan Stoltzfus

College Outreach Director

Nathan Stoltzfus has been living and working in Lancaster County for the past seven years. He is a graduate of Pequea Valley High School, Messiah College with a degree in Business Administration, and Suburban West Realtor School. He is deeply rooted in the Lancaster City Real Estate market and is passionate about living, working, and improving the city. 

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Christian Levan

Community Service Director

Christian Levan is a Financial Advisor working for Merrill Lynch. Christian was born […]

Christian Levan

Christian Levan

Community Service Director

Christian Levan is a Financial Advisor working for Merrill Lynch. Christian was born and raised in Lancaster and attended Conestoga Valley High School just outside of the City of Lancaster. After graduating from high school, Christian studied abroad in Panama City, Panama, where he served the American Field Service (AFS) on the Speedwell Foundation Grant and achieved linguistic fluency in Spanish. Christian has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on American Government and a Master of Arts in Public Administration with a focus on Applied Politics. Aside from his education, Christian has worked in the government relations field as a special and legislative assistant and to the partners at Chamber Hill Strategies, a healthcare advocacy firm in Washington, DC. In June of 2016, Christian relocated back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in order to utilize his education and the knowledge and experience he garnered in Washington, DC in service to his home community in both the public and private sectors. 

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Amber Strazzo

Marketing Director

Amber Strazzo is the Communications & Marketing Manager for the City of Lancaster, where […]

Amber Strazzo

Amber Strazzo

Marketing Director

Amber Strazzo is the Communications & Marketing Manager for the City of Lancaster, where she works closely with residents, business owners and visitors to make Lancaster City a better place to live, work and play. She also does freelance content creation, marketing, social media and events for small businesses. Amber is a volunteer at the Lancaster Central Market information stand and is secretary of the board of Lancaster’s Economic Action for Downtown’s Success (LEADS). She lives in downtown Lancaster with her Boston terrier, Doug, and in her spare time, she can be found at the dog park, grabbing a drink with friends, or attending a community event.

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Steve Biers

Membership Director

Steve is a financial advisor and is dedicated to helping families and business […]

Steve Biers

Steve Biers

Membership Director

Steve is a financial advisor and is dedicated to helping families and business owners understand and achieve their financial goals.  A graduate of Penn State Engineering, he spent 7 years in the tech industry in Colorado and California before returning to Lancaster.  Steve now operates the Edward Jones branch office in Ephrata. 

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April Book

Professional Development Director

April Book is currently a Branch Manager for Fulton Bank.  She has her […]

April Book

April Book

Professional Development Director

April Book is currently a Branch Manager for Fulton Bank.  She has her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Messiah College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas.  She has a passion for helping others and enjoys meeting new people.  So don’t hesitate to introduce yourself!  In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling the world, photography and learning new things.

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Kara Weber

Social Director

Kara Weber is the Marketing Coordinator at Keystone Custom Homes. Along with her […]

Kara Weber

Kara Weber

Social Director

Kara Weber is the Marketing Coordinator at Keystone Custom Homes. Along with her participation on the LYP Board of Directors, Kara volunteers on the board for the Lancaster Marketing Group, and Furever Home Adoption Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in PR/Communications from Millersville University. From attending Millersville, Kara fell in love with Lancaster City. After graduating and moving back to her parents in Delaware County, she missed Lancaster so much she quickly found a new job and moved into the city. In her spare time she plays ice hockey for the Reapers (a local women’s team), enjoys traveling, and spending time with her dog, Chloe and three guinea pigs.

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Margaret Gassert

Special Events Director

Margaret Gassert is a financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, her dream […]

Margaret Gassert

Margaret Gassert

Special Events Director

Margaret Gassert is a financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, her dream job. She graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and from West Chester University with a Masters of Business Administration. Margaret is passionate about her family and friends and enjoys meeting new people. In her spare time Margaret enjoys traveling, visiting local restaurants and attractions, learning, and running.

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Randy Berridge

Board at Large

Randy Berridge is the Financial Engineer at The Industrial Resolution. Furthermore, he is […]

Randy Berridge

Randy Berridge

Board at Large

Randy Berridge is the Financial Engineer at The Industrial Resolution. Furthermore, he is also a founding and current member of Global Shapers Lancaster Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Randy is a Philadelphia native, graduating from Millersville University where he studied Economics and Political Science. He now is a City of Lancaster resident who enjoys fitness, traveling, and soccer.

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Kathleen Eager

Board at Large

Kathleen Eager is a Lancaster County native and grew up in the Manheim […]

Kathleen Eager

Kathleen Eager

Board at Large

Kathleen Eager is a Lancaster County native and grew up in the Manheim Township area. She presently is an associate attorney at the Law Firm of Eager, Stengel, Quinn, Sofilka & Babic where she practices primarily in civil insurance defense. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Villanova University in Political Science and her Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law. She has a passion for volunteering and volunteers weekly at the Water Street Rescue Mission and Domestic Violence Services. In her free time she enjoys watching sports and exploring downtown Lancaster.

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Alex Folk

Board at Large

Alex Folk is an environmental health and safety professional working for Arconic, an […]

Alex Folk

Alex Folk

Board at Large

Alex Folk is an environmental health and safety professional working for Arconic, an advanced metals manufacturer, in Manheim Township. Originally from southeastern Michigan, Alex moved to Lancaster City in 2013 and shortly thereafter joined LYP as a way to meet new people and become more involved in his new hometown. In his free time, Alex enjoys reading, running, playing soccer, participating in community events, and visiting the many restaurants, galleries, and small businesses that make Lancaster the vibrant city that it is today.

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Abby Gruber

Board at Large

Abby is currently the Director of Marketing at Soccer Shots Franchising. In her […]

Abby Gruber

Abby Gruber

Board at Large

Abby is currently the Director of Marketing at Soccer Shots Franchising. In her role, Abby manages the execution of the national marketing plan and provides local marketing guidance and support for franchise partners across the U.S. and Canada. Abby grew up in Lebanon County and attended Shippensburg University, majoring in Marketing. In addition to serving as a Board at Large chair, Abby also serves on LYPs Marketing Committee. Abby loves the charm of Lancaster City and is excited to enhance the community and the individuals in it through LYP.

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Kelsey Hare

Board at Large

Kelsey Hare, originally from Berlin, Connecticut, moved into downtown Lancaster city is mid-2015. She […]

Kelsey Hare

Kelsey Hare

Board at Large

Kelsey Hare, originally from Berlin, Connecticut, moved into downtown Lancaster city is mid-2015. She is the Partnership Development Director and Co-founder of 2 Seconds or Less; a nonprofit organization, located in the heart of Lancaster city, which empowers children through education in sustainable agriculture. When she’s not traveling the world or out enjoying the city life, Kelsey enjoys reading, learning languages, and outdoor adventures.

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Jeremy Martini

Board at Large

Jeremy Martini earned a Computer Engineering degree from Penn State, and is currently […]

Jeremy Martini

Jeremy Martini

Board at Large

Jeremy Martini earned a Computer Engineering degree from Penn State, and is currently working as an IT Consultant for CGI. After spending 10 years in Washington DC, Jeremy is excited to be back in his hometown of Lancaster, and is looking forward to serving the local community through LYP. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys cooking, running, golf, soccer, and traveling.

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Brock Snider

Board at Large

Brock is a southern Lancaster county native and proud Bloomsburg University Alumni. He […]

Brock Snider

Brock Snider

Board at Large

Brock is a southern Lancaster county native and proud Bloomsburg University Alumni. He has been a member of Lancaster Young Professionals since 2014. In his free time, Brock enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, softball and boating.

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