Facilitating professional networking, community service
Fostering a young professional workforce between the ages of 21 and 39, the Ashland Alliance Young Professionals Association was formed to strengthen the vitality of Ashland and surrounding areas by providing a network of professional development, social opportunity, economic development and community service programs.
Under the direction of the Ashland Alliance, Paul Craft and Shaun Kiser founded the organization in 2003 to provide young business professionals an outlet to network while fostering social interactions among members. Today YPA has a membership of over 75 members.
From monthly board meetings to member committees, YPA also provides a quarterly luncheon and frequent social events to unite young professionals throughout Boyd and Greenup Counties and a host of other social events to unite Ashland’s young workforce.
One of the highlight’s of YPA is the annual Back Pack program, in which Back Packs with school supplies and new school clothes are provided to area children in need. In addition, the group fosters professional development and conducts workshops while focusing more on economic issues that directly impact Ashland and surrounding areas.
YPA Board Members:
Ryan Reames, PresidentRyan Reames, President
Geoff Griffith, TreasurerGeoff Griffith is a tax director with the firm of Kelley Galloway Smith Goolsby, PSC. He currently reside in Russell, KY with my wife of 14 years Katie, and three sons Landon (9), Tyson (5), and Roman (2). Geoff is a graduate of Greenup County High School and the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the American Society of CPAs and the Kentucky Society of CPAs. He has 15-plus years of experience in public accounting and holds four professional certifications. Geoff is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and Charted Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Ashley Adkins, Vice President MembershipAshley Adkins, Vice President Membership
Amanda Clark, Vice President CommunicationsAmanda Clark is the Adult Program Supervisor at Boyd County Public Library. She is also an Ashland City Commissioner. Amanda serves on the board for Ashland in Motion. She is a member of the Boyd County Extension Council, Ashland Family Resource Centers Advisory Council, Friends of the Children and the Ashland Lions Club. Amanda and her husband Brian have been married for 20 years. They have two sons, Casey and Drew, that keep them busy. Amanda spends much of free time at a soccer or baseball field. She is an avid reader and also makes jewelry and other accessories when time allows.
Mandy MedingerMandy Medinger is the Director of Human Resources at Community Hospice in Ashland. Mandy has worked for Community Hospice for 12 years. She resides in Ironton with her husband Nick and two sons, Brady and Blake.
Nevada Ange, Vice President Social MediaNevada Ange, Vice President Social Media
Amanda Gillum, Vice President of PhilanthropyAmanda Gillum, Vice President of Philanthropy