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 12 year tenure. He has more than 15 years in the financial sector, serving as a market leader in the consumer banking segment. AJ’s passion is to make home ownership possible for everyone, and several years ago transitioned from retail bank management to the residential mortgage 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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Michael Heller

Vice President

Michael Heller is Principal and Commercial Loan Broker with Biz Finance Ally. Michael […]

Michael Heller

Michael Heller

Vice President

Michael Heller is Principal and Commercial Loan Broker with Biz Finance Ally. Michael is a native to Lancaster County, 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.

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 and Director of Governance

Jessie is an administrative assistant at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, which is a world-class […]

Jessie Barker

Jessie Barker

Secretary and Director of Governance

Jessie is an administrative assistant at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, which is a world-class entertainment and hospitality company that owns and operates or supports many sweet attractions, resorts and entertainment venues in Hershey, PA. When she is not at work, making both internal and external guests experience Hersheypark Happy, you can find her at her farm with her 4 horses who are semi-retired or at home with one of her 4 dogs and 2 cats. Jessie holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Integrated Sciences with Chemical Engineering focus. She has a passion and a strong desire to give back to the Lancaster County community who gave her so much. Jessie 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 the 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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Abby Gruber

Marketing Director

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

Abby Gruber

Abby Gruber

Marketing Director

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. Abby was a Board At-Large member in 2017 and stepped into the Marketing Director role in January 2018. 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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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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April Book

Personal and Professional Development Director

April Book is currently a Market Manager for Citadel Federal Credit Union. She […]

April Book

April Book

Personal and Professional Development Director

April Book is currently a Market Manager for Citadel Federal Credit Union. She has her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Messiah College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas. Along with her role with LYP, April also sits on the Public Relations and Marketing Committee for LHOP and teaches Junior Achievement courses. Her favorite part of Lancaster is its support of community culture and small businesses. She has a passion for helping others and enjoys meeting new people – so don’t hesitate to introduce yourself! She enjoys running, traveling the world, playing sports, photography and learning new things.

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Kara Weber

Social Director

Kara Weber is the Marketing Manager & Sales Coordinator at Invoq Marketing Company […]

Kara Weber

Kara Weber

Social Director

Kara Weber is the Marketing Manager & Sales Coordinator at Invoq Marketing Company in Lancaster City. Along with her participation on the LYP Board of Directors, Kara volunteers on the board for the Lancaster Marketing Group. She has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/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.

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Brock Snider

Sports Director

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

Brock Snider

Brock Snider

Sports Director

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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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, Domestic Violence Services and volunteers on the Board for CAP (Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County). In her free time, she enjoys watching sports and exploring downtown Lancaster.

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Margaret Folk

Board at Large

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

Margaret Folk

Margaret Folk

Board at Large

Margaret 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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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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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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Heather Dighe

Board at Large

Heather is the Marketing and Development Manager for the Lancaster Recreation Commission, a local nonprofit […]

Heather Dighe

Heather Dighe

Board at Large

Heather is the Marketing and Development Manager for the Lancaster Recreation Commission, a local nonprofit organization that provides recreation and educational opportunities to Lancaster residents.
Heather grew up in Boiling Springs and attended Millersville University, majoring in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. She completed her Masters degree in Adult Education and Training from University of Phoenix in 2011. Heather is passionate about improving her community and providing opportunities to all Lancaster residents. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Lancaster with her husband, Vik, and spending time with friends.

Rachel Luehm

Community Service Director

Rachel is graphic designer and AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Coordinator for Lancaster […]

Rachel Luehm

Rachel Luehm

Community Service Director

Rachel is graphic designer and AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Coordinator for Lancaster Equity -a new economic development corporation made up of executive directors of anti-poverty nonprofits in Lancaster born out of the Coalition to Combat Poverty. Rachel grew up in Saint Louis, Michigan. She is also an alumna of Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI) where she graduated with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. After moving around Michigan, Rachel decided to venture to Lancaster to pursue a career that combines creativity, design and social justice work. When she’s not designing or fighting poverty, she is can be found in her West End home reading, cooking, or gardening.

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Brittany Garner

Membership Director

Brittany Garner is a Realtor at Life Changes Realty Group. Brittany moved to […]

Brittany Garner

Brittany Garner

Membership Director

Brittany Garner is a Realtor at Life Changes Realty Group. Brittany moved to Penn Manor in her sophomore year of high school and fell in love with Lancaster County. Having a passion for helping other she earned her degree in Social Work at Millersville University. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with local non-profits, traveling and reading.

Mary Barba

Board at Large

Mary Barba is the Principal at her firm Barba Digital Solutions LLC, which […]

Mary Barba

Mary Barba

Board at Large

Mary Barba is the Principal at her firm Barba Digital Solutions LLC, which offers B2B digital marketing services to small to mid-size organizations in the greater Lancaster and Philadelphia regions.

Mary Barba earned her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2015. Now, as the newest member of the Master of Science online program in Digital Marketing at the Digital Marketing Institute located in Ireland, Mary strives to offer her clients and the Lancaster Young Professionals more powerful digital marketing strategies to meet their business objectives.

As an At-Large Board Member of the Lancaster Young Professionals, Mary is an active member of the Marketing Committee, supporting Abby Gruber as the Director of the committee. She also acts in an advisory role on the Community Service Committee, of which she was an active member for a year.

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Mike Whisler

Sponsor Relations Director

Mike Whisler is currently a Business Risk Manager for the BCF Group, an […]

Mike Whisler

Mike Whisler

Sponsor Relations Director

Mike Whisler is currently a Business Risk Manager for the BCF Group, an insurance and risk advisory firm here in Lancaster. Mike grew up in Lebanon County and attended Millersville University, majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Management. Mike is passionate about health, wellness, and improving the wellbeing of everyone around him. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with his wife Natalie, and their dog Bailey.

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Rhiannah Tucker

Board at Large

Rhiannah Tucker is currently the Human Resources Specialist for Spooky Nook Sports. She […]

Rhiannah Tucker

Rhiannah Tucker

Board at Large

Rhiannah Tucker is currently the Human Resources Specialist for Spooky Nook Sports. She began her career in HR after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Shippensburg University. She is a Central PA native and a current Lancaster county resident. She is passionate about nutrition, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time, she loves doing fitness challenges, baking cakes, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

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Rob Meuse

Special Events Director

Rob Meuse has been in commercial lending for several years and is currently […]

Rob Meuse

Rob Meuse

Special Events Director

Rob Meuse has been in commercial lending for several years and is currently a Commercial Banker with BB&T. Originally from the Boston area, he enjoys traveling back to New England often. He attended college at Stetson University in Deland, FL, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree and MBA. He has lived in Lancaster County since 2013 and enjoys golfing, watching football, and visiting local restaurants. Rob is also a Core Class member for Leadership Lancaster 2018.

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