The Southeast Young Leaders Council (YLC) is open to early career professionals 18-30 in the southeast region with a passion for advocacy and National Park preservation.
The YLC is an opportunity for professional development and relationship building across the southeast under the mentorship and advisement of NPCA staff, NextGen Advisory Council, and Regional Council. Members of the council are encouraged to explore and deepen their interests in the many facets of civic engagement related to the national park units to build skills relevant to their current or future career goals.
Joana Lagunes Arauz
Joana Lagunes Arauz, an Environmental Engineering student at Benedict College, excels in analytical thinking and problem-solving with a strong foundation in math and physics.
Felicia is a hiking, rock-climbing, and all-things-outdoors enthusiast who recently settled in Knoxville, Tennessee after growing up exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Michelle (Meech) Carter
Originally from a rural town near San Diego, Meech (she/her) moved to Durham, North Carolina three years ago to pursue her passion of environmental advocacy.
Olivia Fair recently graduated from the University of Arkansas where she studied political science, communications, and gender studies.
Natively from New Jersey, Yulia is a junior at Emory University pursuing a double major in Environmental Science and Anthropology.
Melinda is a nature enthusiast and Geospatial Analyst from Crestwood, Kentucky.
Erin Hackenmueller is a storyteller, an outdoor recreation enthusiast, a history fanatic, and a community leader.
Alan is the Program Director for the North Carolina Youth Outdoor Engagement Commission, a state nonprofit with a mission to provide outdoor learning opportunities for youth.
Anukool is currently a Senior Manager of Customer Relationship Management for a large retail organization. He is responsible for the marketing contact strategy across multiple communication channels.