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

Stephen Bussa, Axchem USA


Past Division Chair

Jaclyn Epstein, Mica Corporation


Division Leadership Opening!

YP Division Council Opening: Director of Communications

The Director of Communications oversees communications involving the TAPPI YP Division, including the development and implementation of a communications strategy and a diverse range of content for all TAPPI platforms and channels.


The key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Design and execute an annual communications strategy for the YP Division that supports the overall goals of the Division. 
  • Manage the YP Division website keeping content fresh and up to date. 
  • Create and distribute the YP quarterly newsletter covering all news and happenings across the division.
  • Partner with the Director of Events and other event organizers to create event-specific content and advertising.
  • Partner with TAPPI staff to feature YP content on TAPPI’s website and social media channels regularly, especially surrounding YP Division events and activities.
  • Create and write content, including articles, press releases and member features for TAPPI publications. 
  • Help connect TAPPI publication editors with YP members for interviews and features.
  • Work with TAPPI staff to design and write any Division marketing materials.

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