The mission of the Pensacola Young Professionals is to develop, retain, and connect young professionals to the community and each other.

Board of Directors & Leadership

The Board of Directors and Leadership Team are comprised of PYP members in good standing who have been active members and are now interested in taking on a leadership role in the organization. 

The Board of Directors is made up of 10 to 11 voting board members. The board meets once a month and provides recommendations and feedback on new PYP initiatives. 

Each Vice President oversees a related committee of chairs. Chair positions are a part of the leadership team, but are not voting members of the Board of Directors. Chair positions are entry-level positions designed to provide members with opportunities to get involved in the organization and learn more about the organization.

Most Board of Director and Leadership Team positions are one-year terms with an option to renew for a second year. Board Applications typically open in January and selection occurs in February. New board members begin their terms in April.

Our board hosts monthly committee workshop meetings to discuss upcoming programs and events and evaluate the work we're doing in the community. We welcome you to join us, share your ideas and feedback, and get involved in the groundwork of PYP!

Our Leadership

Our dedicated volunteer board and leadership team create valuable programming and new opportunities to further the mission of PYP

Michael Tona


Account Manager

Tyler Kercher State Farm Insurance Agent

Anna Lochas


Board of Trustees Liaison

University of West Florida

Justin Oswald

Past President

Executive Pastor

Transformation Church

Jeff Brooks


Financial Advisor

The Palafox Group at Morgan Stanley

Troupe Brewer

Legal Counsel


Clark Partington

James Dare

VP of Connection

Roofing Consultant

Quality Roofing

David Hoffenberg

VP of Workforce Development

Chief Operating Officer

HCA Florida West Hospital

Monica Wright

VP of Community Impact

Resource Manager

Huron Consulting Group

Tyler Feil

VP of Marketing

Product Manager


Brandon Nelson

Member at-large

Operations Manager

Scenic Hills Country Club

Annie Gray

Chair of Special Events

Marketing & Events Manager

Generation Church/The Rex Café & Theatre

Christie Saffold

Chair of Emerging Leadership

Sr. Director of Development

Covenant Care

Claire Kirchharr

Chair of Quality of Life

Associate Director

Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition

Dustin Sanders

Chair of Community Service


eXp Realty

Joshua Cook

Co-Chair of Quality of Life

Adjunct Professor

University of West Florida

Kenon Beasley

Chair of Professional Development

Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Navy Federal Credit Union

Matthew Adams

Chair of Networking

Security Engineer

Huron Consulting Group

Nakoma Mull

Chair of Social Media

New Homes Sales Consultant

Flynn Built

Join the Leadership Team

Our Process

PYP is the organization where people in their early career stages can find a place to belong, build a sense of competence about our community, and feel empowered to influence change in a positive direction. It takes dedicated, motivated individuals working together as a team to serve our members, our sponsors, and our community by planning and executing valuable programming and events.

Joining the Team

PYP Leaders are volunteers who give their time, talent, and other resources to elevate PYP and the Pensacola Bay area to the highest level possible.

Members of the Board of Directors are expected to attend PYP Board meetings (once per month), Board retreats (twice per year), their assigned committee (bi-monthly), and PYP events and programs as available.

Chairs are expected to attend their assigned committee meetings (bi-monthly), and PYP events and programs as available. Chairs can attend PYP Board meetings (once per month) and Board retreats (twice per year).

All leaders are expected to proactively and enthusiastically engage with PYP members and potential members at our events and via communication channels; our goal is to ensure everyone feels a sense of welcome, voice, and belonging.

All leaders are expected to stay informed of what’s happening across PYP and communicate all of our offerings to members, potential members, community members, and sponsors.

PYP Members in good standing who are dedicated to personal and professional development and who are passionate about catalyzing positive change in our community. If you are not a member and would like to become one in order to apply, please do so!

Applications are completed online by clicking the link below. Please complete the form and upload your resume by the deadline in order to be considered. Once your application is received, you will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute peer interview. The interview panel is compromised of PYP Directors, Leaders, and members. The interview is a chance to see if PYP is a good fit for you and if you are a good fit for PYP.

1. Submit Your Application

Submit your application by the deadline to be considered for any of our positions. We'll follow up to schedule your peer interview once applications close.

2. Peer Interview

We'll conduct peer interviews with a panel comprised of PYP leaders and members to ask you some behavior-based questions. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you as much as it is for you to get to know us.

3. Decisions

Once the panel makes a decision you'll receive a call with the results. If you're offered a position, we invite you to join us at our next board meeting where we'll vote to make it official.

4. Board Meeting

The board will vote to accept your nomination to our team. While we invite you to join us,  you'll be asked to step out of the room while we discuss and vote. After this meeting, we'll reach out with next steps on your transition. We can't wait to get started with you!

Leadership Opportunities

We open leadership applications when there are vacancies or during our annual leadership application process in January/February.