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 Jared Rago, Section President or Melissa Pierce, Advisor.

Section Leadership

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Chloe Peer


SUNY Brockport

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Nora O'Gorman


SUNY Brockport

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Melissa Pierce


SUNY Brockport

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Hi, my name is Chloe Peer.   I am President of the NYS AHPERD Future Professionals Section and a recent Physical Education Graduate from SUNY Brockport working on my master's in Health Education.

I am passionate about helping others and showing them the joy and knowledge that can be gained through physical education and health. I am originally from Saranac Lake, NY, a small town in the Adirondacks.  Outside of school, I am a coach for Rochester Special Hockey and love to hike, run, bike, ski, and play any sport that crosses my path.

I am increasingly intrigued by human movement, play and wellness. I genuinely want everyone to find activity that brings them joy, and believe comprehensive wellness should be accessible to all.

Hello, my name is Nora O'Gorman. I am a physical education major at SUNY Brockport where I am the president of our physical education majors club and the newest President-Elect for NYS AHPERD Future Professional Section.

I'm from Potsdam, a small town in upstate NY. I fell in love with physical activity and the outdoors at a very young age and that love has only grown as the years have passed. I cannot wait to help each future student find that love within them.

Hello everyone, my name is Melissa Pierce and I am the Advisor for the NYS AHPERD Future Professional Section. I am a professor at SUNY Brockport, where I teach Adventure Challenge, Fitness for Teachers, and Early Childhood Physical Education. I am also the Advisor for the Physical Education Majors Club at Brockport, the supervisor for our Graduate Assistants who teach in our program, and the supervisor for student teachers as well.

I absolutely love guiding and watching future professionals develop into professionals within our field. I am very excited for this new role as Advisor of the Future Professionals Section, and I look forward working with our President and President-Elect and all of the student members of NYS AHPERD.

Ken Demas Future Professionals Section Leadership Academy

Check out the video below for a message from our Future Professionals Section Leadership!

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Future Professionals Monthly Professional Development Webinars

The 2021-2022 Future Professionals Section Monthly Virtual Professional Development Series has come to an end.  We will pick up again in the fall with a new schedule and program line-up. 

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Career Center


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2023 Conference
November 15-18, 2023
Turning Stone, Verona, NY
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