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.

Hannah Somers, Family Services Manager

Hannah began volunteering as a mentor and is now a full-time team member. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and scandinavian studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

Hiba Wagner, Lead Interpreter - Arabic

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.

Jordan Chepke, Marketing and Development Manager

Jordan was born and raised just outside of Pittsburgh and has called the city home for almost 5 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University, where she focused on strategic communication, visual communication and sociology. Following undergrad, Jordan spent a year serving in countries throughout South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa partnering with various community-based organizations. Along with a global perspective and knack for storytelling, Jordan brings with her 4+ years of digital marketing experience as a copywriter and information architect. She looks forward to using her experience to shine a light on our newest neighbors and help tell the story of Hello Neighbor.

Rachel Vinciguerra, National Program Manager

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.

Calli White, Family Services Coordinator

Calli first started as a Hello Neighbor intern in the summer of 2019 and has now transitioned into the role of Direct Services Coordinator. In the Spring, she received her Masters of International Development, majoring in nongovernmental organizations and civil society, from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in political science and French/francophone studies.

Dustin Butoryak, Marketing and Outreach Assistant

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.

Scott Sears, Youth Development Program Coordinator

Scott Sears, originally from Dayton, Ohio, is a newcomer to Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of The College of Wooster, where he studied Political Science and French - his undergraduate research focused on federal immigration policy and major political party platforms. After undergrad, Scott spent two years teaching 6th grade English and Social Studies in Eastern North Carolina through Teach For America. Following that experience, he returned to Ohio as a Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow, staffing various Task Forces for Say Yes to Education Cleveland and the education grantmaking team at the Cleveland Foundation.

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!

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!

Jeanette Schwalm, Lead Study Buddy Counselor

Jeanette is returning for her second year as a Study Buddy counselor! She started as a Study Buddy tutor with Hello Neighbor in 2020, and even as she moved on to become a counselor Jeanette continued to tutor her student in geometry. She is from New Jersey and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and French. Professionally, Jeanette has experience in immigration policy research, refugee resettlement, and teaching English as a foreign language. Outside of work, she loves studying languages and catering to the every whim of her two guinea pigs and pet cat.

Chynna Wilcox, Study Buddy Counselor

Chynna studied Spanish and Interfaith Studies at Washington and Jefferson College. Her love for education continued when she studied abroad at La Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. Outside of work Chynna participates in mission trips abroad.

Shaista Rahim, 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.