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We want to hear from you, our members! 2020 was a tough year and derailed many of the plans we had for our group. Please give us your feedback (takes 2-3 minutes) about this upcoming year so that we can with YOU in mind.

Special Event


Saturday, March 6th | Powderhorn Ski Resort | Drinks at 2 p.m. at Slope Side Inn 

We want to enjoy the last part of ski season with you! Join us for our first special event of 2021 by networking on the slopes. Here's how to attend:

1. Purchase a lift ticket at powderhorn.com for Saturday, March 6th (be sure to purchase soon, tickets sell out quick!) If going down the slopes isn't you're thing, no big deal! We'd love to have you come up for a drink. 

2. Spend the day skiing and snowboarding at your convenience and join us for drinks, provided by High Country Beverage, at 2:00 p.m. on the upper deck of the Slope Side Inn (next to the main lift)

3. Close out the day by taking a run with fellow young professionals!

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Tamara Krizman

Director Of Career Services at Colorado Mesa University

Tamara was born and raised in Grand Junction and graduated from Colorado Mesa University’s mass communication program. She previously served as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Mesa Mall for over five years and recently moved into the role of Director of Career Services for Colorado Mesa University. 

Tamara also worked in local government for the Mesa County Health Department as a Communication Specialist, and for the non-profit Mosaic as a Community Outreach Manager.  She currently volunteers with Mosaic, the CMU Alumni Association, and the Initiate Conference.  She was awarded the CMU Alumni Association President's Award in 2018 for her outstanding commitment to CMU. 

As one of the youngest CMU Alumni Board Presidents, Tamara also sits on various boards across the community and has a passion and desire to see a connected community thriving in every area.


Young Professional of the Quarter is an award that honors Mesa County young professionals within YPNMC who have done an exceptional job representing young professionals or has made great achievements while being a member. The Board of Directors is always seeking nominations for the next Young Professional of the Quarter!

Leslie Eslava

Leslie Eslava, Program Coordinator at Riverside Educational Center, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in March 2018.

Dr. William Berguin, DDS

Dr. William Berguin, DDS was the Young Professional of the Quarter in June 2018.

Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks, Tax Supervisor for Dalby, Wendland, & Co., was the Young Professional of the Quarter in October 2018.

Colter Lovette

Colter Lovette, co-owner of 32Waves, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in April 2019.

Trevor Daggers

Trevor Daggers, Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in June 2019.

Kayley Vogel

Kayley Vogel, Assistant Coordinator of CMU Career Services, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in June 2020.

Derek Irick

Derek Irick, Realtor with Bray Real Estate, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in October 2020.




"I have met all my closest friends through YPN. When I was new to the Grand Valley, this is where I found people who enjoy learning."



"YPN is a great networking opportunity. Plus, it looks good to current and future employers that want to see a history of community involvement and leadership."



"The candidate forum YPN put on was so helpful. I'm so glad I got to go to an unbiased presentation of the candidates."


Before Hours - Roasted

Before Hours - Roasted

Before Hours - My Favorite Muffin

Before Hours - My Favorite Muffin

Lunch Conversation - Jay Seaton

Lunch Conversation - Jay Seaton, the Daily Sentinel

Lunch Conversation - Girl Scouts

Lunch Conversation - Allison Ellington, Girl Scouts Regional Director

Lunch Conversation - Jenn Moore

Lunch Conversation -Eureka Science Museum

Lunch Conversation - Kevin & April

Lunch Conversation - Dr. April Schulte-Barclay and Kevin Barclay

Lunch Conversation - Pete

Lunch Conversation, Pete Baier


Before Hours - Main Street Bagels

YPN Group

Special Event - Rooftop Event at St. Mary's Hospital

Lunch Conversation - Daily Sentinel

Lunch Conversation - The Daily Sentinel

2018 YPN Christmas Party

2018 YPN Christmas Party

Lunch Conversation - Eureka

Lunch Conversation - John McConnell, Eureka Science Museum