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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Richelle Calderon

Past President

Syracuse University

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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, 12/1/21, 2/17/22, 3/9/22 and 4/6/22.

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


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2021 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