Staff And Advisors
Eric Wood, Executive Director
Eric joined the team in May 2021. Eric, a Fort Wayne native, returns to the community after living in Portland, Maine for the last seven years. Eric's desire is to help equip the local Church of Fort Wayne to be the neighbors we were born to be by serving the City’s vulnerable homeowners. Eric Wood is a graduate of Huntington University with a B.S. in Student Ministry. Eric's pastoral and servant leader experience will enhance the organization as it works to solve problems to complex issues facing vulnerable neighbors and neighborhoods with a heart for bringing the love of Jesus to our neighbors. Eric enjoys spending time with his family and is looking forward to getting reacquainted with the community.
Beth McAvoy, Director of Operations
Beth joined the team in April 2020 to strengthen day-to-day operations as NeighborLink undergoes our next stage of growth. A Fort Wayne native and graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Beth brings years of marketing and non-profit experience to our team. She enjoys music and making Fort Wayne a better place, and is the Co-Chair of Middle Waves Music Festival. Beth loves spending time with her family and trying to keep up with her toddler son.
Jeff Shatto, Director of Mobilization
Jeff was originally drawn to NeighborLink as a volunteer in 2006 because of his love for doing yard work. We officially welcomed him to our staff in 2014 as Director of Mobilization. Jeff brings years of volunteer management and leadership experience to our team and can regularly be found out in the field serving alongside our volunteers in a wide range of neighboring projects. He is an avid car lover, audiobook listener, and enjoys raising his dog Kora with his wife.
Megan Chandler, Development Coordinator
Megan joined NeighborLink in early 2018 to help manage day-to-day operations and has since become our Development Coordinator. A graduate from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, she worked in Chicago for ten years at a real estate investment company before moving to Fort Wayne. Megan connected with NeighborLink through a local cycling group and joined our team for the community connection and daily opportunities to love her neighbors. When not at work, Megan enjoys running, cycling, participating in triathlons, and spending time with her family and friends.
Grace German, Project Facilitator
Grace German came on board as an AmeriCorps VISTA and quickly transitioned into the role of Project Facilitator. A native of Fort Wayne, she recently moved back after earning degrees in International Business, Management, and Economics, as well as her MBA from Northwood University in Michigan. A student athlete, she enjoys basketball and also makes time for baking, knitting, and reading. You can watch her weekly series, Face 2 Face With Grace, on our YouTube channel.
Zach McCurdy, Videographer
Zach came on board in May 2020 to head up our growing videography department. A native of Portage, Ohio and recent graduate from Bowling Green State University - where he majored in Media Production and minored in Film Production - Zach's personal and educational experience makes him a perfect fit for his role at NeighborLink and Neighboring Productions. Outside of work, he is actively involved in his church and enjoys life with his family and beloved dog Scout.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Barce, Partner - Barrett McNagny LLP
NeighborLink is a direct result of a vision John had back in the late '90s. He dreamed of what it would be like to leverage the web to begin connecting vulnerable homeowners who were falling through the cracks with the thousands of members sitting in local Churches not knowing where to begin to love their neighbor. John and a small team of others self-funded and build the first web platform in 2002. Since then, John has been committed to the mission as our board president and one of our most active volunteers.
Gwyn Eastom, BKD
Gwyn volunteered for NeighborLink starting in 2010 with her husband, Brandon. In 2013 she decided to dedicate more of her time by becoming a board member. Gwyn's experience as a CPA and currently as the Director at BKD CPAs and Advisors, aids NLFW in budget development as well as other accounting policies and procedures. Gwyn decided to join the team because, "NLFW is a unique organization that really tries to be the hands and feet of Jesus, as we are instructed to do. Faith and love are action words, and NL allows us to act on our faith."
Joe Johns, Senior Pastor - Fellowship Missionary Church
Joe's ongoing passion for service aids the growth of the NeighborLink community. Currently the Senior Pastor at Fellowship Missionary Church, Joe applies his skills in discipleship while teaching others how to integrate the loving ways of our savior, Jesus Christ, into their lives. He expresses his love and appreciation of NL by explaining, "Serving with NLFW is such an adventure. Every posting on the site represents a potentially transformative encounter for both neighbors—the one loving and the one being loved. Few organizations exist that empower such unique relational encounters."
Jeremy Reynolds, Director, Digital Marketing - ZERO Cancer
Jeremy joined the board in 2020 and brings much experience with his background in marketing and communications with charities on both a local and national scale. He is looking forward to NeighborLink continuing to help individuals and organizations experience Christ’s love as they follow His example and show love to their neighbors, empower churches and neighborhoods to collaborate and have an even greater impact through our shared strength and passion, and see neighbors lives transformed because of practical needs being addressed. “NeighborLink is one of the greatest resources I’ve seen for making practical expressions of Christ’s love happen. It’s a truly great mission that empowers and uplifts neighbors (particularly those who are already in vulnerable situations), makes our city stronger, and helps the church walk out its faith."
Heather Schoegler, Director of Strategic Educational Partnerships - Parkview Health
Heather has been involved with NeighborLink since 2009 from serving on committees to helping promote Team NeighborLink. Joining the board in 2014, she brings her experience in public relations and community engagement to the organization. She decided to join the team because she believes NeighborLink to be a true expression of God’s love to others. "It's such an easy way to directly demonstrate generosity and love to others. What better way to simultaneously improve your community and be a testimony of God's love in your own life."
Josh Spencer, Vice President & Chief Actuary - Brotherhood Mutual
Josh began volunteering with NeighborLink in 2015 and he saw an opportunity to invest in the community in an impactful way. After fostering a deeper relationship with the team, he joined the board in 2018. Bringing a knowledge of the data, analytics, and numbers that make organizations thrive, he is excited to see more growth and exposure for NeighborLink as more people, churches, and businesses in Fort Wayne learn about it. "I love the staff, I love the technology that they developed, the creative solution to this problem of people and churches want to be a good neighbor but they don’t always know-how. NL figured it out in a way that’s working, and I want to see that be successful."