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Harrisburg Young Professionals announces new board president, closes in on search for director

Jade Honey, HYP’s new board president

Harrisburg Young Professionals has big things coming this year, including new leadership.

The organization recently announced its board of directors for 2022, with Jade Honey taking the reigns as president.

“I am very excited about Jade’s continued role with our organization,” said Sydney Kyler, immediate past president of HYP. “She has been instrumental in many of our legacy initiatives and will keep busy as she begins to onboard a new executive director this year. As we come upon our 24th anniversary for HYP, she will be an extraordinary leader to help us make this one of our best years yet.”

Honey has been a member of HYP for six years, serving for the last year as board vice president. She is the director of corporate engagement at Penn State University and Penn State Health and lives in Harrisburg with her husband.

HYP announced the following positions as well:

  • Monika Kohli, sales & engagement lead at Andculture – co vice president
  • Olivia Edwards-Rindfuss, associate at Triad Strategies – co vice president
  • Iqbal Singh, vice president at Orrstown Bank – treasurer
  • Allison McFadden, digital marketing coordinator at Members 1st Federal Credit Union –secretary

HYP’s executive director position has been empty for the past two years, after the previous director, Derek Whitesel, stepped down before the pandemic.

Honey looks forward to leading the process of hiring a new director as HYP is in the final stages of the process, she said.

“Leading that search is something that I’m more than willing to do,” she said.

Another priority for Honey is continuing to improve HYP’s commitment to inclusion and accessibility within their programming. The organization will be looking to add a more diverse array of events to its calendar in the coming year, Honey said.

Also coming up this year, HYP will hold a full season of recreational sports and a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for its homeownership program. Honey also hopes to partner with Sprocket Mural Works on a mural and restart HYP’s Forster Street cleanups.

“The best part about HYP is truly the volunteers,” Honey said. “We are almost 100% led by volunteer manpower. It’s exciting to see the amount of work and dedication from volunteers to continue our mission.”

For more information about Harrisburg Young Professionals, visit their website.

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