Meet the Team

Hello Neighbor is a collective and community effort. We are a small but mighty team! In addition to our staff, we have a committed group of interpreters, contractors, photographers, friends, fellows, interns and more that help us do what we do. We couldn’t do this work without everyone’s collaborative effort, including the dedicated mentors, mentees, and volunteers in our programs.

Sloane Davidson, Founder and CEO

Prior to starting Hello Neighbor, Sloane worked for 15 years across the intersection of philanthropy and digital marketing. For 8 years, she created and led one of the leading cause blogs on the Internet called The Causemopolitan. She currently sits on the Board of Resolve Network, an NGO based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that focuses on jobs for women in post-conflict countries through microfinance, and the prestigious Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy Women’s Philanthropy Institute. She was a 2009 Kiva Fellow in the Philippines and has been invited to speak on her activism at The Clinton Global Initiative and The World Economic Forum. Sloane has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Policy & Management from the University of Pittsburgh. A proud Pittsburgh native, Sloane returned to her hometown in 2015 and currently lives in Highland Park with her husband and two sons.

Kayleigh Del Cotto, Assistant Director of Refugee Resettlement

Kayleigh was born and raised in southwest Michigan, moving to Pittsburgh to acquire her graduate degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Although she identifies strongly with her midwest roots, Pittsburgh has quickly become a second home. Kayleigh is excited to offer her experience in nonprofit work, refugee resettlement and workforce development to help build Hello Neighbor’s resettlement and Community Sponsorship programs.

Simone Vecchio, Director of Family Services

Simone is a native Pittsburgher who has been working in the nonprofit sector for the last 11 years. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Saint Mary’s College and completed a master’s degree in International Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Simone spent time living and working in Tanzania and Uganda and serves on the Board of Directors for Bright Kids Uganda, a children’s home located in Entebbe, Uganda. She has worked with nonprofit organizations with a focus on child welfare and education, refugee resettlement and immigrant services, and language access. Simone serves on various immigrant focused boards and councils in Pittsburgh including, Welcoming Pittsburgh, All for All Coalition, and the Immigrants and Internationals Advisory Council. In her free time, she loves to cook, bake, travel, garden and listen to live music.

Rachel Vinciguerra, Assistant Director of National Programs

Rachel has worked with nonprofit and international organizations for the past six years focused on gender equity, social inclusion, and program design and evaluation. She has lived and worked in countries including Haiti, Thailand, and India. She currently serves on the boards of the Jane Addams Peace Association, The Birmingham Foundation, and Write to Be (a girls’ empowerment nonprofit she co-founded in Haiti). Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in history from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of International Development and Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. A Boston native, Rachel has made Pittsburgh her home over the past five years. She lives in Wilkinsburg with her cat and chickens.

Dustin Butoryak, Membership Coordinator

A lifelong Pittsburgher, Dustin was raised in the city’s east end and recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s in communication, public and professional writing, and information system design. He is passionate about using his work to give back to the communities he was raised in and is delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to Hello Neighbor’s mission. Outside of work, you can find Dustin playing music, reading books, and biking all around our beautiful city.

Rachael English, Refugee Resettlement Case Manager

Rachael has over 10 years of experience in the fields of international education and mental health services. She has lived and worked abroad, teaching English in Spain for two years. Rachael has a Masters in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, and bachelors degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Geneva College. She is a native Pittsburgher, and currently resides in the South Hills with her husband and two dogs.

Lexie Garcia, Direct Services Assistant

Lexie is currently serving with Hello Neighbor as a member of the Compass AmeriCorps program through Literacy Pittsburgh. She moved to Pittsburgh this summer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she recently graduated from the University of Michigan. Lexie studied Anthropology and International Studies and is interested in pursuing further education in migration, climate change, and global health. She is excited to join the team and looks forward to becoming part of the Hello Neighbor community!

Kazam Hashimi, Employment Coordinator

Kazam Hashimi was born and raised in Kabul Afghanistan, moved to Pittsburgh in 2015 and has helped Refugee Resettlement Agencies in interpretation and translation since 2018. He has an associate degree in Telecommunication from Afghanistan and is a current business student at CCAC. He joined Hello Neighbor Mentorship Program in 2017 and volunteered to interpret for Afghan families from 2018 to 2020 then moved to a part-time interpreter and recently joined the team full-time as Employment Coordinator.

Jenni Jayes, Mentorship Program Manager

Jenni grew up in rural New Hampshire and moved to Pittsburgh in 2018 on the merits of a pro-con list. She brings six years experience in nonprofits and education to Hello Neighbor, and a passion for social change through community building. Jenni completed her Masters in Public Anthropology at American University, where she collaborated on research quantifying the number of people displaced by the United States’ War on Terror. Her bachelor’s degree - also in Anthropology - is from Beloit College in Southern Wisconsin. She is always excited by the world of possibility opened when people learn about each other’s cultures and experiences. Outside of work, you can find Jenni taking dance classes and studying new languages.

Abby Jo Krobot, Smart Start Coordinator

Abby Jo is our Smart Start Coordinator who comes to us with a background in refugee resettlement across the Northeast as well as experience as an ESOL teacher. She has a B.A. from Bay Path University and is excited to leverage her skills to build bridges between maternal health supports in our area for pregnant refugees and immigrants.

Kathleen Madonna-Emmerling, Housing Coordinator

Kathleen’s relationship with Hello Neighbor began in 2017 as a Family Mentor and continued to volunteer with the organization over the years before joining the team as our Housing Coordinator. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Duquesne University and masters degree in Leadership and Organizational Transformation from Chatham University. Outside work, you’ll find her engaged in volunteer work and shuttling her three children around her Moon Township community.

Éric Ngnimmien, Family Services Assistant

Éric was born and raised in the Ivory Coast. He moved to Pittsburgh in 2017 where he received a bachelor’s degree in international studies at La Roche University. He taught languages at high schools in the Ivory Coast for three years, and also works as a translator of Ivorian (Baoule), French, Spanish, and English. He is excited to join the Hello Neighbor team this year and meet committed colleagues!

Carly Thibault, Donor Relations Coordinator

Carly joins the team as our Donor Relations Coordinator, bringing with her a decade of experience working in a variety of industries including nonprofit organizations, marketing agencies, and technology companies. After spending the last 8 years in Gainesville, Florida, Carly and her family relocated back to her hometown of Pittsburgh. Carly has dual degrees in History and Museum Studies from Walsh University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and rediscovering everything she loves about her hometown along with her husband and daughter.

Hiba Wagner, Community Navigator

Hiba was born in Baghdad, Iraq where she attended college for accounting and administration at Baghdad University. She has been working as an interpreter/translator with local agencies in the Pittsburgh area for four years. Hiba has been supporting Hello Neighbor since the beginning and her new expanded role includes interpretation and supporting our Arabic-speaking families in their efforts to become familiar with American culture and systems to help improve their quality of life here in America. She loves her adopted hometown of Pittsburgh where she lives with her husband and young son.

Shaista Rahim, Lead Study Buddy Counselor

Shaista was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to the United States in 2019. She is currently a student at University of Pittsburgh majoring in Architecture.

Faduma Saleh, Study Buddy Counselor

Faduma is currently a graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. She speaks Arabic, Somali, and is learning Korean! She is excited to join Hello Neighbor as a Study Buddy Counselor for the Spring 2022 semester.

Jess Scott, Study Buddy Counselor

Jess Scott (he/him/his) is joining the Hello Neighbor team as a Study Buddy Counselor for the Spring 2022 semester. He is a second-year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs pursuing a Master of Public and International Affairs and is graduating at the end of this upcoming semester. Jess completed his undergraduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020. He is excited to join the Hello Neighbor team to give back to his home here in Pittsburgh and ensure a welcoming community for all while promoting the importance of equity in education and mentorship. In his free time, Jess enjoys cooking with his partner, thrifting, and watching sports.