People in business

New CEO for Families

United Network

Nena Shimp has been named the new CEO for Families United Network, Inc. As CEO, Shimp will provide leadership for a state wide organization that provides quality foster care, adoption services, domestic and international adoption, resource family management, community based group home services including life readiness and transitional living programs to over 2000 children on an annual basis, a news release said.

Prior to this role, Shimp led the strategic planning team at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a multi-billion dollar science philanthropy whose mission is to advance basic biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. Shimp also directed a complete overhaul of the institute’s operations to more effectively support the advancement of scientific research.

In addition, Shimp also served as a leader in a variety of positions in both private sector and nonprofit operations, the news release said. She has worked with C-suite and executive teams of Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations to define new strategies, develop marketing programs, and restructure and realign business units to better serve stakeholders. Shimp spent seven years in the Navy, serving three years as the director of the Family Services Center in San Diego. Shimp has a bachelors degree from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Capella University. Shimp resides in Williamsport.