NE Young Professionals' Committee


The Young Professionals’ (YP) Committee is a working committee of young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s who further the mission of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

The goal of the Young Professionals Committee is to increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis among young professionals and the IBD community overall, to raise funds to find a cure for these diseases, and to provide quality education and support services for patients.

What We Do

We have monthly social meet-ups, temporarily over Zoom, and plan our annual summer Young Professionals’ event. The Young Professionals’ (YP) Committee also participates in and volunteers for New England Chapter events.

The Crohn's & Colitis New England Chapter's YP Committee offers an opportunity to be an emerging leader in the mission to find a cure for those living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

As a community of New England-based young IBD patients and allies, we connect to support one another and spread IBD awareness through fundraising, education, and advocacy.

The Committee offers its members the opportunity to contribute in a way that is meaningful for them. We welcome your unique skill set to the committee to help raise funds, awareness, and learn about special event planning, fundraising, development, and social networking.  These are vital skills for the Chapter’s Board members and volunteer leaders.

How To Get Involved

Email Andrew at [email protected] to set up a phone call. This introductory call will give you an overview of the different ways to get involved with the New England Chapter and help you choose the best fit for you! 

After your phone call you will have the opportunity to officially join the YP Committee!


Steps To Join the YP Committee:

1. Contact Andrew to join so you are correctly added to our internal system

2. Set up a fundraising page connected to one of the New England Chapter events (YP event, Take Steps walk, spin4 cycling event, etc.)

3. Pay the $25/year dues here

Stay Connected

Join our Young Professionals' Facebook group here.


Back when meetings were in person, there would always be food and socializing followed by a meeting to discuss all things YP. Newcomers are always welcome! Whether we're on Zoom or hopefully back in person soon, you are more than welcome to let Andrew know you're joining a meeting, but you absolutely do not have to, many people just show up! We always have introductions to kickoff our meetings because each call usually has multiple new members in attendance.


Questions? Email, text, or call Andrew Jackson at [email protected] or 646-866-9603


Upcoming Committee Meetings:

Spring 2022 Meeting

Date: April 13, 2022

Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Location: Zoom

Meeting Link: 


Sample Meeting Agenda for Reference:

  • 7:00-7:15 New member introductions
  • 7:15-7:30Research update
  • 7:30-8:00 What can we all work on to make a difference

Pay Your Dues

Link to pay 2022 dues here

$25/year dues are required to become an listed member of the New England Young Professionals' Committee. 


2020 A Night in for the Cure

2021 Stories from the Gut

In 2021, Stories from the Gut will be an in-home experience, full of entertainment and inspiration, put on by our Young Professionals' Committee! Guest will be able to enjoy this one of a kind experience virtually from the comforts of your home in the summer of 2021.

Our revamped summer event brings together young professionals, friends, and family for an energetic, funny, and inspirational night of fun to support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. From hilarious SNL inspired skits to heartwarming stories of tenacity from the IBD community, this year’s Stories from the Gut will take your breath away like never before.  

In 2021 we honored two amazing leaders in the IBD community, Dr. Sarah Flier and Zibby Ryan:

Dr. Sarah Flier, MD - Rising Healthcare Leader of the Year

Nominated and chosen by our New England Chapter Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC)

Zibby (Elizabeth) Ryan - Rising Community Leader of the Year

Nominated and chosen by our New England Chapter volunteers
Dr. Sarah Flier is the current New England Chapter Medical Advisory Committee Chair. A true leader in the New England IBD community, Dr. Flier has previously been honored at the Foundation's Take Steps walk. Dr. Sarah Flier is fully committed to bettering the lives of all those living with Crohn's and Colitis! Zibby Ryan, founder of the New England Chapter's Young Professionals' Committee, has been involved with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation since 2005. Throughout the years, Zibby has been a bunk counselor at Camp Oasis, the Young Professionals' Committee chairperson and served as a Chapter Board Member. Zibby is truly a pillar of the New England IBD community. Read more here.