The Future Professional Section (FPS) is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students. They have a president, a president-elect and a Section advisor, all three have seats at the executive council table representing the Section membership. The Section provides professional development opportunities through the Ken Demas Future Professional Leadership Academy,  the opportunity to serve as Section delegates at the annual association conference, along with the eligibility to apply for the Jay B. Nash Scholarship and the NYS AHPERD Foundation scholarships.


If you have questions, we encourage you to review our webpage or reach out to Anthony Scibelli, Section President or Dr. Mara Manson, Advisor.

Section Leadership

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Anthony Scibelli


SUNY Cortland

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Jared Rago


SUNY Cortland

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Dr. Mara Manson


Adelphi University

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Ken Demas Future Professionals Leadership Academy(KDFPLA)

The KDFPLA is NYS AHPERD's leadership academy for future professionals looking to enter the professions of health, physical education, recreation, or dance. Students from colleges/universities across New York are eligible to attend the academy.

The KDFPLA is generally held in September at Camp Echo Lake, Warrensburg, NY. Due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold the 2021 academy but we look forward to returning in 2022!

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Future Professionals Monthly Professional Development Webinars

The Future Professionals Section is pleased to announce the continuance of monthly online professional development workshops for current students and young professionals.  These workshops will run from 7 - 8:30 pm on 9/30/21, 10/25/21, 2/17/22, 3/31/22 and 4/21/22.

You can view last year's series here.


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Career Center


NYS AHPERD offers a Career Center for our members to post jobs and to search for openings in the field.  

Click here to get started


2022 Conference


What's In It For You!

The annual conference offers a plethora of opportunities for Future Professionals!  Volunteer to assist a presenter with their audio/visual needs and introduce them, attend our mentor program -Follow the Leader, attend sessions that will help you build your resume and interview skills, meet fellow students and connect with professionals from across the state

Join us for the next Future Professional Professional Development Webinar

Thursday, April 21, 2022

7 - 8:30pm

How to Secure That First Job with a Professional Panel on the HPE Interview Process

Presented by:

Lori Hewlett, Sachem SD Health Teacher-Retired, Suffolk Zone President, 2018 NYS AHPERD Health Education Teacher of the Year

Donn Tobin, Mahopac CSD Physical Education Teacher, 2017 NYS AHPERD Elementary PE Teacher of the Year Award, 2019 SHAPE America Elementary PE Teacher of the Year Award

Robert Zifchock, Nyack UFSD Director of Physical Education, Health, Wellness & Athletics-Retired, 2006 NYS AHPERD COA Director of the Year Award

Learn how secure that first job with tips & tricks and a Q&A with esteemed and experienced professionals on various HPE hiring committees. Some questions which will be answered include:

  • What is the interview procedure at schools?
  • What questions should you ask a hiring committee when you are on an interview?
  • How to prepare for the interview?
  • Interview notes?
  • What to wear on your interview?
  • When to show up to your interview?
  • How to learn the school demographic and mission statements?
  • How to follow up with a school after an interview?
  • Is being involved with NYS AHPERD crucial in trying to secure that first job?
  • Who should you get letters of recommendation from?
  • Should you bring a lesson plan or portfolio?

These questions along with many more will be answered. All three presenters have been on many hiring committees so come prepared with questions to learn about the interview process.