Candidates 2015

Official Candidates for the 2015 STYP Election

President

Dorollo Nixon, Jr.
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During my first year as president, STYP more than tripled in size. And further we gained almost as many members in the last six months alone as we started with last January. I thank God for that.

But our work is not done. At almost every event I attend in our community I meet young people who are not STYP members.

My big idea for 2015 is to create a plan to scale STYP so that we reach and recruit the unreached young professionals in our community.Thank you for considering me once again as your president.

Vice President

David GoguenDavid Goguen Being a long time Binghamton native, I never thought of joining a group like STYP but that all changed two years ago, at an Academy Awards Party in the Art Mission Theater. I immediately saw the potential in this group. It was a unique experience like none I had experienced in Binghamton. Members got dressed up in a suit and tie or cocktail dress drank wine and watched the show on the theater screens. In the two years since then I have seen former president Christine Stezzi and current president Dorollo Nixon help to grow this group by leaps and bounds. In the past two years we have been planning more social events, introducing unique experiences to members such as swing dance lessons, a kickball team, and have been seeing an increase in interest in our civic events. Over the past two years I have seen a number of couples start at STYP mixers and have made many new friends. I support Dorollo’s vision for the future and am looking forward to introducing an always increasing number of members to the better side of Binghamton.

Treasurer

Matthew FeldmanFeldman, Matt Headshot
Sitting Treasurer past 2 years. Have seen tremendous growth in STYP over the past 2 years. Believe STYP has the potential to become an even more formidable presence in this community over the next few years. Would like to see STYP help become the voice of the YPs in this community.

Secretary

Garet Simpsonheadshot-1 As a transplant to the Binghamton area, STYP has proven to be my most effective tool for social networking.  I know all too well the challenges of making friends in a new town.  My passion is to seek out and greet those who are interested in checking out STYP.

My main roles this past year have been arriving at the start of mixers with STYP signage and welcoming new members. I also update the website to ensure it is up to-date with our latest news and events.

My goal as secretary is to look at our processes for communication and implement improvements. I am also a data miner by trade, and I would like to make all current and past STYP data readily available.

Executive Committee Board Members (9 Positions)

Kyle NedlikNedlik, Kyle Headshot I am currently a Mechanical Engineer at Stantec, and a STYP member of six months. I am running for an Executive Committee Board Member position because I would like to contribute to the continued growth and success of the organization and the surrounding community. I have lived in the area since birth, recently graduated from Binghamton University, and plan on staying in the area, so I have a connection to the area as well as a vested commitment in contributing and being involved the organizations exclusive to and connected with this community. At Binghamton University, I founded and led a golf club that continues still to have a growing membership base; I currently serve as a volunteer coach. In my involvement on the Executive Board for the University’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter, I coordinated a summer service trip to Gambia, Africa alongside Service For Peace members. As the project manager of my Senior Engineering Project, I oversaw a team of five people as we designed, constructed, and completed a bridge in the University’s Nature Preserve. My past leadership experiences, proactiveness, and commitment to the organizations I am involved with make me an outstanding candidate for an Executive Committee Board position.
Amy AtchinsonAmyAtchinson I joined STYP in 2010 as a way to meet people after I graduated from Binghamton University, and many of my friends had moved out of the area. I have met many great friends over the years through STYP, and since then, I have been impressed with the growth of STYP.

My hope is to continue in this direction by fostering more quality events as we’ve seen, and reach out to more professionals. I hope to bring more fitness and outdoor activities with socialization- for example hikes, 5k teams, white water rafting trip, etc. I also hope to bring more diversity to STYP events by bringing dinner club to the occasional ethnic restaurant, and organizing group outings to local ethnic festivals to acquaint ourselves with other subcultures that reside within our community.

I served on the board previously and have planned and organized events in the past, and hope to join the board again this year.

Jen HughesJenHuges I have been a part of STYP since 2011 and have had a great experience with the group during that time. Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to meet so many great new people, try new places, and get out into the community in ways that I wouldn’t have done otherwise.

For that reason, I am now running for a board position. I hope to work with the rest of the board to continue their work on growing membership, planning social events and community activities to bring members together, and in building the STYP name among businesses and other organizations. I bring my professional experience as a recruiter working with people and local business to the table, in addition to my experience serving on the board of the Broome County Arts Council. I believe that I would be a great asset to the STYP board and hope you will give your vote. Thank you!

Danielle Furey BrittonDanielle Britton I am running for reelection to be a part of STYP’s board for several reasons. The Binghamton area has a lot to offer young professionals, but many choose not to stay in this area. I believe STYP can be a catalyst to encourage talented young professionals to feel welcome in the community.

As a board member, I served as the membership committee chair, and on the civic committee.  As a part of these committees, we created a new partnership to offer CommuniKey memberships to our members, increased membership, and participated in some great civic events (where we also saw growth in our numbers).  I’ve also worked on a relationship with the Binghamton University Alumni Association, and this summer we hosted a very successful joint mixer for their young alumni. I have been involved as the co-chapter leader of BU’s Greater Binghmaton Alumni Chapter, as a BU Alumni Volunteer as well as with their young alumni engagement program, Bearcats of the Last Decade (BOLD). With these ties, I hope to continue partnering the two organizations for more successful mixers, and create a bridge for recent BU graduates staying in the Binghamton area.

I am the Director of Education and Visitor Services at Roberson Museum and Science Center, and in my time there I have a lot of experience with event planning and working on committees. I also have many connections within the community to help with implementation of new ideas for STYP events. My time in STYP has resulted in great personal and professional connections, and I look forward to continue being a part of STYP’s future success.

Ryan SnyderRyan Snyder I am interested in re running for the STYP board. I have been on the board this past year. I feel we have had a great year of growth and change for the betterment of STYP. I would like to continue that this year as we continue to grow and develop STYP.
Kevin LobdellKevin A. Lobdell
I joined STYP this past July after relocating to the Binghamton area in March of 2014. Becoming involved with STYP has been extremely helpful in growing my personal and professional network since I knew very few people before moving here. As such, I have been a strong advocate of the organization and promote it all the time to others I interact with in the area.

I work at Binghamton University in the Alumni Relations Office as the associate director. One of my areas of interest in serving on the board would be continuing to develop the relationship between STYP and the University along with the local Binghamton alumni chapter in ways that are mutually beneficial for all three entities. I have served on three different boards in various capacities over the last five and a half years which has provided me with beneficial experiences which will help impact my involvement as a board member if elected.

Nasha TaylorNashaTaylor

STYP has much potential for becoming the social hub for regional opportunities, intergenerational and peer mentorship, marketing and promotions, and overall influence around community development, education, and thriving local business. STYP members are emerging leaders and trendsetters and while the area is being primed for the growth of the university, we have a rich opportunity to build a community of visionaries, entreprenuers, and servant leaders by investing in ourselves, our youth, our elders, and in each other.

My professional background emphasizes youth leadership development and economic development. Additional past experience includes board membership with Citizen Action of NY, executive officer positions in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Chairing the Broome County Juneteenth Festival in 2005 and 2007, and membership on various professional collaboratives in education and grassroots organizing. I’m a Binghamton native, an event planner, a networker, and a youth mentor. I moved back to the area recently after 7 years away and I’m looking forward to getting involved in larger initiatives to add to or promote our city.