Meet YPK Professional Development Chair and Co-Chair


Andrew McCreary, Professional Development Chair

Andrew is a native East Tennessean who has lived in Knoxville for the past ten years.  He currently works as a Senior Tax associate with Culpepper CPA’s.  When he isn’t at work you can find him at Starbucks reading a good book or taking in a University of Tennessee sporting event.

Name three things on your bucket list

Going to every SEC football stadium, going to every Major League Baseball Stadium, going to every Presidential Museum and Library.

What has been your favorite experience with YPK?

Getting to take a tour of McGhee-Tyson Airport.

 What do you love about Knoxville?

It is the perfect size.  There is always something fun that is going on but Knoxville never feels too crowded.

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Sable Weander, Professional Development Co-Chair

Sable Weander was born and raised in Nebraska where she attended the University of Nebraska Omaha graduating with a BS in Finance and an MBA. She came to Knoxville in 2013 for a new opportunity with US Bank where she has worked for 10 years. Sable is currently a District Manager for US Bank, managing 15 branch locations in East Tennessee. In addition to her normal job role, she also serves as the Development Network Secretary, advises a Tennessee Women’s Leadership Group, and is a participant for a company-wide Advanced Women’s Leadership Group for executives. Sable was also recently accepted to the Pacific Coast Banking School where she will be a graduate of the Class of 2021. When she’s not at work, you can find her spending time with Chris and their dog Cash, traveling, volunteering and mentoring, or on a sunny patio in downtown Knoxville.

Name 3 things on your bucket list.

  1. A lot of travel- number one is Greece

  2. The Kentucky Derby- I’ve been to Church Hill Downs but never for the Derby!

  3. Swim with Dolphins

What is one thing folks would be surprised to know about you?

I was born and raised in a small farming community in southwest Nebraska. When I was in junior high and high school I was an active participant in FFA- competing in a wide variety of contests including Quiz Bowl; Parliamentary Procedure; Marketing Plan; Range Judging (looking at native grasses and weeds to identify them); Livestock Judging (grading various live animals!); and even Meats Judging (looking at cuts of meat to identify them & grade them on their cut, marbling, etc.). You can totally laugh about the various judging contests I competed in, especially meats judging, but the FFA organization taught me so much about discipline, confidence, public speaking, community involvement and work ethic. It was a tremendous experience I am forever grateful for.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” ~ Nelson Mandela

I think people often make decisions based on things they are afraid will happen or afraid won’t happen rather than following their hopes and dreams. This quote reminds me to put myself out there and go for it!