Desiree Garcia 2016 YNPN LINK Presenter

Desiree_Garcia_Headshot.jpgMs. Desiree Garcia is an Arizona native and is a member of the Valley Leadership Class 37. Furthermore, she is a founding board member for Phoenix Foley Alliance and founder of Mars Project of AZ. Ms. Garcia was voted in as Executive Director for New Life Society in 2016. She has been a public speaker for New Life Society as well as Donor Network of Arizona actively advocating for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Awareness since 2006.

Through her passion, Ms. Garcia has organized ‘ Desi Birthday Wish’  an event that feeds over 400 homeless and hungry men, women and children of Phoenix annually for her birthday. In 2014, Ms. Garcia received the “Outstanding Community Partner”award from Donor Network of Arizona for her partnership with Arizona HOSA students promoting and encouraging the community to register as an organ and tissue donor.

Chiquita Serpas 2016 YNPN Link Presenter


Chiquita A. Serpas currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Editha House Foundation. She oversees strategic planning efforts and promotes team leadership, while also specializing in organizational effectiveness and process development. In addition, she is a coach, educator, and facilitator.

Prior to relocating to Phoenix from the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, Chiquita worked with The National Institute of Health where she managed a transitional housing program for patients and their families who were receiving treatment through clinical trials.

Since relocating to Phoenix, Chiquita’s has connected with many nonprofit leaders in order to identify areas of need throughout the community. The prevention and early detection of Valley Fever is an area that she is particularly passionate about as she lost a close friend to the debilitating disease.

She currently belongs to the Phoenix Rotary 100 Satellite Club and isa 2016 Leading for Change Fellow.

Presenting at LINK - Kendall Crever



 It’s not about winning over every person in the room; it’s about sharing your passion, your organization, that thing that gets you out of bed in the morning. As a presenter in last year’s inaugural YNPN Link Event, I was honored to share about my organization’s Localist program working to increase awareness and build pride for our state.

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Presenting at LINK - Katie Mabardy


We are so much more powerful united. YNPN provides an invaluable service for the next generation of non-profit leaders. Through building connections and creating friendships, young professionals have the opportunity to impact their local and global communities. The YNPN Link event provides the space to share with each other the transformative work of organizations in the community. The event leaves attendees and speakers inspired and energized to make a difference.

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Presenting at LINK - Elyse Guidas


So, you’re interested in YNPN Link, huh? Do you have what it takes to present in front of a bunch of strangers? Of course you do! Just in case you need some pointers, here are a few simple tips to help you prepare for the big event. 

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