Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP), a non-profit young professionals group, announced the appointment of Renée Custer as the president of the
organization in 2020.

Renee’s involvement in Harrisburg Young Professionals began when she became the first Executive Director in 2011. In this role she developed new systems, processes, partnerships and programming within the organization, which was previously fully managed by volunteer efforts. In her time as Executive Director, Renée also created a second full-time position when she hired a Director of Sports and Fitness to manage all of HYP’s sports endeavors.

Following her role as HYP Executive Director, Renée joined Custer Homes, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer. Renée is a 2018 recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence award, 2016 recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award, and was a finalist in the Chief Operating Officer category of the 2016 Central Penn Business Journal Executive Management Awards. In 2015, Renée received the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s Women of Excellence award for her dedication to community. Renée has served on the HYP Board of Directors since 2015 and is also a founding member of The Hill Society at The Hilton Harrisburg. She has been a member of HYP since 2011.

“Since HYP’s inception 21 years ago, thousands of young professionals have chosen to call Harrisburg home, have formed connections and advanced their careers, have made friends and built families, and have made their mark on our city through their involvement in HYP,” said Renée. “HYP is a special organization, and I am honored to work alongside our leadership team this year to continue the mission of making Harrisburg a better place to live, work and play, while developing and retaining future leaders.”

Along with Renée’s appointment, the organization announced the following individuals in their new roles:

  • Vice President – Mary Kate Grimes, Hershey’s Ice Cream
  • Vice President – Faniel Yemane, iDrive Interactive
  • Secretary – Monika Kohli, andculture
  • Treasurer – Nick Barbera, SunStone Consulting

Barbera and Monika are new additions to the 2020 Leadership of HYP as well as brand new board member, Ali McFadden with Bravo Group.

The 2020 Leadership and Board of Directors began their terms on January 1, 2020.

Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of young, active, civic-minded professionals who have a clear vision of Harrisburg’s future as a great place to live, work and play. We are part of a movement that is breathing new life into urban areas and lessening the negative impact of suburban sprawl. We also work to prevent the migration of educated young people to larger cities (often referred to as “brain drain”) and to encourage those who have left to return to the Central Pennsylvania region.