About Us

About Us

Mission Statement: To support the growth and involvement of RIT faculty and staff age 40 and younger and those interested in furthering the development of young professionals at RIT.

Vision: Young professionals will be engaged and valued at RIT.


  1. Professional Development: Promote an individualized career-growth plan.
  2. Community Involvement: Provide young professionals the opportunity to engage in the community.
  3. Social Participation: Build community among young professionals at RIT.

Meet your E-Board Members:


PRESIDENT-ELECT (Vice President): Kristi Mitchell

SECRETARY: Dawn Murray

TREASURER:  Jessica Small

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE: Katie Beczak, Nilay Sapio

The Governance Committee will provide recommendations to the e-board regarding organizational structure, a system/process for elections, membership definitions, and basic bylaws.

MARKETING COMMITTEE:Don Denz, Nancy Dimock, Sarah Geiss, Stephanie Haynes*, Kristen Peres, Jessica Small*, Devon Watters, Andrea Yancone

The Marketing Committee promotes projects and events organized by the RIT Young Professionals. Additionally, the committee manages and collects content for RITYP social media accounts, websites, and the bi-weekly e-newsletters. The committee is also responsible for creating marketing and branding materials.

  • Recruitment Committee:
    The Recruitment Committee creates opportunities to promote RITYP at various events so that RIT staff and faculty are more aware of and be more active in RITYP. Contact Don Denz if you are interested.

Amber Hoyt, Jessica Mallon, Renee Milliken*

The Professional Development Committee organizes seminars, workshops, and other professional development programming for our members. In addition, this committee researches and shares information on RIT's existing professional development opportunities.
  • Conference Planning Subcommittee:
    The Conference Planning Committee  organizes the annual RIT Young Professionals in Higher Education Conference. This involves identifying partners, sponsors and speakers, as well as coordinating event logistics. Members and volunteers are always welcomed. Contact Kristi Mitchell if you are interested.

Katie Beczak*, Jane McGowan*, Adam Petzold, Nilay Sapio

The Social Committee organizes or identifies events to bring members of RIT Young Professionals together for professional networking in social settings, such as happy hours, tailgates, meet-and-greets with other professional groups, and concerts. It is a great way to get to know one another outside of campus and have as much fun as possible while expanding your professional network!