Division Leadership Council

The TAPPI Young Professionals Division is led by a team of volunteers, each bringing their own skillset, ideas, and passion to the division, helping to shape its future.

Would you like to be part of a YP Division committee?  Email us.

2022 - 2023 YP Division Leadership Council

Division Chair

Brennan Augst, Voith Paper


Director Division Relations

Ozlem Akdogan, Technick Products


Division Vice Chair & Director of Events

Lena Sharesky, Packaging Corporation of America


Director of Learning & Professional Development

Sarah Dale, International Paper


Director of Membership

McKenna Baker, Nalco Water

Director of Communications

Stephen Bussa, Axchem USA


Past Division Chair

Jaclyn Epstein, Mica Corporation

Division Updates:

YP Division Expands Events Committee

The YP Division is pleased to announce the addition of Avery Wilson (Jacobs) and Eugenia Rivero Loyola (Westrock) to our events team. If you are interested in getting involved in planning events for the YP Division, email us.

Volunteers Needed to Review and Vote on TAPPI Standards

TAPPI Standards Test Methods are procedures and related practices used in the measurement, evaluation, and description of pulp, paper, packaging, and related products, including raw materials used in their manufacture, use, or in scientific investigations of any such substances. There are more than 240 TAPPI Standards and each has a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) made up of industry professionals who regularly review and vote on that standard. Learn more about how you can participate here


International Flexible Packaging & Extrusion (IFPE) Division - Position Filled

Pradnya Rau, member of YP, recently joined the IFPE Division leadership as the Vice Marketing Chair.  She is a recent Ph.D. graduate and works as a Scientist with Minerals Technologies Inc. in the field of minerals-based barrier coatings for use in polymer and plastic extrusion technologies.  Aside from technical work, Pradnya also leads the visual management group-operational excellence in Minerals Technologies Inc.  Congratulations Pradnya!  If you are interested in getting involved with the YP or other TAPPI divisions, email us.