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

Rago, J 2021
Jared Rago


SUNY Cortland

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Peer, Chloe 2022
Chloe Peer


SUNY Brockport

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Pierce, M 2022
Melissa Pierce


SUNY Brockport

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My name is Jared Rago and I am the current president of the Future Professional Section of NYS AHPERD. I am in my junior year at SUNY Cortland, majoring in physical education, with a concentration in adapted physical education. I will also be pursuing a masters degree in health education.

At Cortland, I participate in several on campus activities. I am on the board of our majors club, the Alliance of Physical Education Majors. I serve as our state representative, relaying all information about NYS AHPERD back to the club. Through the majors club, I have been able to attend the NYS AHPERD conference, the SHAPE America conference in New Orleans, and National Speak Out Day in Washington D.C. Aside from physical education, I am the coach of the Cortland Club Baseball team. I also coach back at home for the Long Island Body Armor Titans.

Back in Suffolk County on Long Island, I am the NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone Future Professional Representative. I have been able to help plan and organize the yearly zone conference, even getting the opportunity to present. I was even fortunate enough to be named the 2022 Suffolk Zone Future Professional of the Year, which was a great honor.

In this new position, I am excited to be able to work closely with other future professionals from all across the state of New York! We have a great team here at NYS AHPERD and I am looking forward to the upcoming year and all that we have in store!

Hi, my name is Chloe Peer, I am a physical and health education student at SUNY Brockport and President-Elect for NYS AHPERD Future Professionals Section.

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 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.

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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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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