Young Professional Board

Villa of Hope's Young Professional Board is a diverse group of community-minded professionals dedicated to raising awareness of the Villa's mission. They eagerly support the Villa's events, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities, working in close collaboration with the Villa Director of Development. Together, they are committed to supporting the work we do in our local community.


Lauren Dunkle Dlugosh

Lauren Dunkle Dlugosh - Board Chair
Recruiting Manager
JK Executive Strategies

Ke'Shara Webb

Ke'Shara Webb - Vice Chair
Civil Engineer
LaBella Associates

Kayla Wheeler

Kayla Wheeler - Secretary
Project Engineer

Sam Smith

Samantha Smith - Communications Chair
Director of Marketing
Perspective Partners

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Nick Engels
Engels Leadeership LLC

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Patrick Farrell
Commercial Sales
Waste Management of NY

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Dominick LaPenna
Financial Advisor
Wells Fargo Advisors

Robert Yawman

Robert Yawman
Associate Attorney
Adams Leclair LLP


The Young Professional Board is always looking for passionate new members to support its mission. If you're interested in joining or volunteering, we encourage you to send Kayla Wheeler an email at