Valley Young Professionals

Who we are

The Valley Young Professionals (VYP), a program of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC), is for up-and-coming young professionals in the Valley ages 25-39. The VYP program provides experiences for its members to build lasting relationships, engage in professional development opportunities and become change-makers in the community. The program is designed to create innovative leaders for tomorrow by educating them on issues that affect business leaders of today. The monthly events connect leading entrepreneurs and business professionals with a valuable network to help them learn, grow and develop professionally. As a member of the VYP network, you have access to networking opportunities, educational programs, behind-the-scenes tours and volunteer projects.

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The Valley Young Professionals (VYP) provides experiences for its members to build lasting relationships, engage in professional development opportunities, and become change-makers in the community.

Board of Directors

The GPCC VYP Board of Directors creates a program to retain and attract young professionals to the Greater Phoenix area. The Board is responsible for overseeing the programming and direction of VYP. The board identifies content, speakers, venues and community partnerships for VYP and promotes these events and the GPCC among their networks.

Meet our 2017-2018 Board of Directors

Bethany Bennick
Phoenix Sister Cities; City of Phoenix
Youth & Education Program Manager
Years on the board:  2
Fun Fact: I’ve called France & Switzerland home, I fenced competitively, I have a toothless cat named Atlas
Laura Etter
Maricopa County
Chief of Staff
Years on the board: 4
Fun Fact: I’ve had a fly along in an F-16, my pilot “Gozer” executed some amazing aerial acrobatics, and I managed to not pass out or get sick!
Andy Forsell
Lockton Companies
Production Resource Specialist
Years on the board: 1
Fun Fact: 4 years ago I had the ill-advised notion to take up amateur live bull-riding – even though I’d never even considered it before. I spent several months doing it twice a week before a concussion and several broken bones convinced me to stick to my day job, which, ironically, is in risk management.
Zachary Hall
Arizona Diamondbacks
Game Operations Coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Club
Years on the Board: 1
Fun Fact: I have thrown over 12,000 t-shirts in my life as a professional t-shirt tosser.
Matt Lovelady
Salt River Project
Manager, Investment Recovery
Years on the board: 3
Fun Fact: coming soon
Adam McAnally
Immediate Past Chair
Salt River Project
Regulatory Analyst
Years on the board: 4
Fun Fact: My first job was at a Flintstones-themed Bowling Alley as a birthday party coordinator.
Erin Miller
Board Chair
Sprouts Farmers Market
Senior Communications Specialist
Years on the board: 5
Fun Fact: I discovered my favorite restaurant in high school when my friends and I would eat at Chino Bandido after our Wednesday night track meets. Since then I have ordered the exact same meal at EVERY visit, the 7 and 7Q. You MUST try the Jade Red Chicken, you’ll thank me later!
Rita Rabbani
Ideas Collide
Associate Account Director
Years on the board: 1
Fun Fact: My favorite work project so far is ideating, coordinating and executing KJ Dunk Night when I worked for the Phoenix Suns. It was really fulfilling to overhear fans talking in the concourse about how cool it was to hear Kevin Johnson discuss the dunk in the halftime FAQ with Al McCoy!
Lorna Romero
Years on the board: 1
Fun Fact: I enjoy salsa dancing and practicing yoga.
Ashley LaRae Sampson
Vice Chair
Mind Style Soul
Co-Founder & Consultant
Years on the board: 2
Fun Fact: My grandpa makes me help him bail his hay and round up his cattle on his 60 acre ranch when I visit.
Julie Sorenson
Business Project Specialist
Years on the board: 2
Fun Fact: My first stint in Arizona was 9 years ago working in the kitchen on a Elkhorn Ranch, a dude ranch southwest of Tucson for a winter season. After 5 years away on the east coast, I landed a job in Phoenix and made the Grand Canyon State my home!

Lindsey Thompson
Shamrock Foods Dairy
Brand Manager
Years on the board: 1
Fun Fact: Beagle lover and aspiring harmonicist

Craig Waugh
Years on the board: 3
Fun Fact: I’m capable of driving from Phoenix to Boston, MA in 44 hours.
Ryan Wright
ASMEC Project Engineer, Structural
Years on the board: 1
Fun Fact: Growing up in Jamaica, the following are nicknames I was given: Cube, Diddy (before Puff Daddy used it), Nini, Puppet, Pele/Maradona

Join Now

Interested in becoming a member of Valley Young Professionals?

If your employer is a member, opt into the monthly VYP newsletter here to receive news and updates on events.

If your employer is not a Chamber member, you can become a member of the VYP program for $100 per year. Complete the attached membership application and send to Emily Hegdahl at or fax to 602.495.6479.

Not sure if your employer is a member? Check here.