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Welcome to the Young Professionals Network Page! 

The purpose of the Young Professionals Network is to provide opportunities for all young professionals to network, enhance professional development skills, and develop leadership abilities. There are many ways to become more involved in AHLA and to "be found" by AHLA leaders looking for assistance with projects. 

If you want to become more engaged in the Association, there is a place for you:
  • AHLA's Young Professionals Council​. Members of the Young Professionals Council (see below) plan and organize networking events and brown bag webinars, develop career and professional resources, facilitate involvement opportunities for young professional members in Practice Groups, pro bono, Public Interest, and the Mentoring program.​
  • Join a Practice Group (PG). AHLA's 16 PGs provide many opportunities for young professionals to contribute – through research, writing, planning, social media, and speaking. Each group has a Vice Chair of Membership who will be glad to talk with you about opportunities. Visit the specific PG webpages for more information.
  • Participate in the AHLA Mentoring Program. Create your profile. Become a mentor for a law student or health lawyer just starting out. Find your own mentor and connect with an AHLA member who can share what it's like to be in the health law field.
  • Young Professionals Toolkit. Need advice or direction on various topics relevant to Young Professionals? Access the Young Professionals Toolkit to view professional development webinars, access a justification toolkit, or read curated content from AHLA Connections magazine. 
  • Ask-a-YP Leader. The Ask-a-YP Leader service is handled by AHLA leaders who serve on the Young Professionals Council (YPC)​. If you are a student or young professional and want to ask a question, complete this form ​and a member of the YPC will be in touch within the

Council Members

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Jennifer Wooten Ierardi Chair Northwestern Memorial Health Care (312) 926-8320 Email
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Benjamin Martin Daniels Vice Chair Fresenius Medical Care North America (781) 699-4177 Email
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Clint C. Cromwell Member AMSURG CORP (615) 263-4071 Email
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Alex Foster Member Arnall Golden Gregory LLP (404) 873-8598 Email
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Melesa A. Freerks Member Foley & Lardner LLP (312) 832-5158 Email
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Patrick Garcia Member Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC (443) 951-7043 Email
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David E. Kopans Member Jones Day (614) 281-3895 Email
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Alex T. Krouse Member Parkview Health Email
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Lois Sheng Liu Member Email
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Amy J. McCullough Member Polsinelli PC (404) 253-6058 Email
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Daniela J. O'Mara Member Dentons US LLP (202) 408-6947 Email
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C. Ryan Sprinkle Member Stroudwater Associates (770) 913-9046 Email
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Jennifer C. Hutchens Board Delegate Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA (704) 377-8122 Email
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Timothy B. Adelman Liaison from Membership Committee Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC (410) 224-3000 Email
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Stuart J. Schaff Social Media Coordinator Veralon Partners (312) 962-2577 Email

Staff Liaisons

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Kerry Beth Hoggard Staff Liaison American Health Lawyers Association (202) 833-0760 Email


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