Engaging young professionals and empowering them to take ownership in the future of Hastings, NE.


What does it take to be in HYP?

A desire to be engaged. A want to get connected. And a need to make a difference. We get it because we're just like you! A chance to take a break, find work-life balance, and enjoy ourselves a little is what Hastings Young Professionals is all about.

Yes, we care about civic and professional development, we are proud of the progress of our community, and we're passionate about making an impact, but we like having a little fun while we're at it.

New members are always welcome. If you're a student, you get to join for free! Otherwise, you pay $36 annually. Why HYP? Join us and see what the HYPe is all about.



This is your HYP Leadership Team (minus a few). We’re here to answer any questions you may have about our organization! We’re also here for the newcomers or those returning home. Whether you want to meet for coffee, a drink, or get a little tour. let us know! You can contact us at hastingsyp@gmail.com or email any of us directly!


Meghan Reinhard

- HYP President -

Real Estate Group of Hastings // Real Estate Agent

Meet Meghan

I am a mom to three girls.

I love shopping and eating in Downtown Hastings in my free time!

I love meeting new people! Let’s chat.


Maggie Vaughan

- HYP Vice President & Marketing -

Hastings Economic Development Corporation // Director of Talent Solutions

Meet Maggie

TBH, I am a little obsessed with my hometown and I love supporting local.

I’m a new business owner. I am the fourth-generation owner of Vaughans Printers. It’s my side hustle right now!

If you don’t find me in the office or at an event, there’s a 95% chance I’m at Art Bar.


Sheana Smith

Lutz // HR Associate

Meet Sheana

I am busy toddler mama with a full time job on the side.

Food Network wannabe – I love to cook and entertain. Yes, fresh herbs make a difference.

My favorite thing about HR is embracing the entire employee experience. I enjoy helping our young staff find a balance and grow in their personal and professional lives.


Valerie Bren

Hastings College //Coordinator of Vocation & Career Services

Meet Valerie

I am a proud parent of one!

I am a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach which comes in just as handy in my professional role as it does personally!

Downtown Hastings is my favorite place to be. There’s so many amazing breweries, restaurants, and shops!

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AJ Fruchtl

Pinnacle Bank // Loan Officer

Meet AJ

I am a new parent.

I love baseball. I played at Hastings College and now help coach the Hastings High baseball team.

When my schedule allows, you’ll find me at the golf course.


Cameron Brei

Principal Financial Group // Financial Advisor

Meet Cameron

I’m a crazy Nebraska football fan.

Pretty solid bowler.

My favorite thing about my job is the people I meet and learning how I can best meet their needs.


Matt Fong

Hastings College // Associate Vice President for External Relations

Meet Matt

I'm the parent to a delightful small person named Vivian.

I am fortunate to serve as the Ward 4 representative on the Hastings City Council.

My favorite place in Hastings is Heartwell Park!


Maddie Peterson

Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation // Event & Communications Coordinator

Meet Maddie

I'm a Hastings native, so I've loved this community for my whole life.

What I love most about my job is connecting the generosity of our community to initiatives at Mary Lanning. Seeing the impact it has on patient care is the best feeling!

If I'm not working, you might find me sipping a latte at Art Bar or catching a show at The Lark.


Eric Arneson

Hastings Vision Clinic // Optometrist

Meet Eric

I’m a husband and father of 3.

HUGE Husker basketball and football fan.

My favorite thing about my job and Hastings is the amazing people I get to be around. They are what make Hastings a great place to live.


Justin Riese

Pacha Soap // HR Specialist

Meet Justin

I’m a runner!

Pacha is a great place to work because of the impact we get to make in people’s lives.

I also love building computers.

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