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December 2018

We're proud of our FOUR board members featured in Pennsylvania Business Central's 2018 Foremost Under 40!

Albert Clocker
Supervising Senior Accountant
Wessel & Company

Albert has been employed for the past two years at Wessel & Company, a certified public accounting and business consulting firm in Johnstown, PA. He is a supervisor in the firm’s audit department and provides audit and accounting services for manufacturing, not-for-profit and employee benefit plan clients. Albert was previously employed by Kronick Kalada Berdy & Company, an accounting, tax and consulting services firm in Kingston, PA.

He attended Wilkes University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He has passed the Certified Public Accountant Examination.

Albert serves as treasurer for the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He enjoys volunteering at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish during the annual church festival.

Albert lives in Johnstown with his wife Karleigh. They were married on Aug. 25, 2018 at Holy Family Parish in Luzerne, PA. Karleigh is a 2008 graduate of Berwick Area Senior High School, a 2012 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and a 2016 graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. She is currently employed at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and is in her third year of a general surgery residency.

In his spare time Albert enjoys running, golfing and spending time with his family.

“Today you have a decision to make. You either get better or you get worse. You never stay the same.”

Olivia Bragdon
Communications and Group Tour Coordinator
Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Olivia Bragdon is a 1999 graduate of Johnstown Christian School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career as a summer intern at the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau and now holds the position of communications and group tour coordinator. Olivia works to attain media coverage, group tour travel and maintain a social media presence for area tourism promotional efforts. She also coordinates printed material produced by the CVB and manages the website.

She is currently a member of the board of directors for Cambria & Somerset County Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program, Sandyvale Wine Experience and the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies. In the past, she was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies and honored for volunteerism by the One Young World scholarship program. Olivia is also an advocate for infertility and miscarriage awareness and runs a support group on the topic online and in person.

She lives in Richland with her husband Patrick, a physical therapist. They are expecting a son in January 2019.

Ethan Stewart
Founder/financial planner
814 Worx/ Centennial Financial Group LLC

Originally from the Northern Virginia area, Ethan moved to Johnstown four years ago. Coming into town to work at Centennial Financial Group LLC he had every intention of coming in, getting his licensing, then going somewhere else. However he stayed because he saw the immense potential this area has, specifically for creating and entrepreneurship. Following his passion he works with business owners through financial planning, investment and also by founding the first co-working space in town, 814 Worx, to help prove that business can be started in Johnstown. Ethan helps chiropractors, business owners and young professionals to buy back their time by handling their financial picture, so they can focus on more important things. He can help with investments, debt reduction, disability planning and all other needs. He loves his work, but also he loves spending time with his lovely girlfriend, Katie Kinka and enjoys the outdoors together.

Stephanie Lambert
Systems Developer
TransVoyant

December begins Stephanie’s seventh year as a senior software developer for TransVoyant. She works on a DoD (Department of Defense) contract which tracks inventory and metrics for the US Army’s ground combat vehicles. Stephanie develops the custom analytics capability that enables her clients to explore options and optimize their management and maintenance decisions to keep their respective vehicle fleets healthy.

Stephanie is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where she dual majored in computer science and applied mathematics. Stephanie worked full-time for Northrop Grumman while pursuing her graduate degree, and in 2013 she earned a master’s in applied computer science from Frostburg State University.

Since becoming a member of the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies (YPA) in 2012, she’s joined efforts with many of the region’s best advocates, professionals and entrepreneurs in the continued effort to improve local communities. She’s currently the secretary of YPA’s Board of Directors. Stephanie serves in various roles as a member of Somerset Grace United Methodist Church, but her favorite activities include baking pies for church bake sales and working with the children. She also volunteers as a 4-H leader and has been a part of Johnstown’s Vision 2025 revitalization efforts.

Researching her family history has been a life-long hobby, and Stephanie’s bookshelves overflow with local history and genealogy books. A Somerset County native, Stephanie values her family ties to the area and is blessed to be gainfully employed locally.

Stephanie’s favorite advice is “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”



2019 Board Member Applications Due November 5

For details, click here.

October 2018

Congratulations, Travis Lodolinski!  Travis is a member of YPA's board and was named one of Johnstown Magazine's Young Professionals in their October 2018 issue.


Feb 22, 2018

YPA is celebrating our 10th Anniversary!  Here's a throwback to when it all started...

Four Area Women Lead Push For Young Professionals Group

BY TED POTTS
Tribune Democrat 
Feb 10, 2008


The four women spearheading the reorganization of a young professionals group in the Johnstown region are (from left) Megan Seese, Adia Constantine, Helene Gleason and Jill Skowron.


Four women are spearheading the reorganization of a young professionals group in the Greater Johnstown region.

The organization is for those between the ages of 21 to 45, said Helene Gleason, one of the four.

The others are Adia Constantine, Megan Seese and Jill Skowron.

Gleason, 29, is communications coordinator/physician liaison at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. Constantine, 30, is executive director of Art Works in Johnstown! at 413 Third Ave. in Cambria City. Seese, 28, and Skowron, 29, are employed at Concurrent Technologies Corp. in Richland Township in Web design.

Gleason said a similar group for young professionals has not been active for several years.

The fledgling organization will hold a Kickoff Happy Hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Johnstown Brewing Company off Menoher Boulevard near the Westmont-Southmont line. A St. Patrick’s Day Shindig will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 14 at Art Works.

Gleason said the Johnstown area has no shortage of young professionals.

“We want to bring them together to share experiences and talk about common interests,” she said.

Activities could be both business related and social, she said. There could be community service projects as well, she added.

Those attending the Kickoff Happy Hour will be given an informal survey to fill out centering on their interests and ideas they may have for the new group, Gleason said.

“We want the group to be something positive for the community,” she said.

Constantine sees the organization as an opportunity to create a greater sense of community.

It should serve to forge closer connections among the region’s young professionals, she said.

Seese said the area has many people with many good ideas, but there doesn’t seem to be a means to bring the people and their ideas together.

Perhaps a young professionals organization could be that catalyst, she said.

She’s hoping for good turnouts at the two upcoming meetings.

It will be important for those getting involved to feel they have ownership in the new group, Seese said.

She said younger workers appreciate the area’s quality of life, but many want to meet new people and become more involved in their communities.

Skowron is excited.

“There’s so much potential here,” she said.

“My goal is to get things organized and make things happen,” she said.

She believes the young professionals can be a powerful force.

“I’m excited about getting things done,” she said.

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