Staff And Advisors
Andrew Hoffman, Executive Director
Andrew became the NeighborLink Executive Director in 2008 after starting out as a volunteer in the organization in 2005. A graduate from Huntington University, Andrew started his career in account services for a couple of advertising agencies. After discerning his career goals, he decided to make NeighborLink home. His vision for the company continues to allow NeighborLink’s mission of practical neighbor-to-neighbor expressions of God’s love to grow. Launching Team NeighborLink in 2011, establishing the NeighborLink Network in 2008, and completing over 5,000 projects since he started in 2008, demonstrate Andrew’s leadership in developing NeighborLink’s mission. Andrew recently completed his MBA at Taylor University.
Jeff Shatto, Director of Mobilization
Jeff joined the staff in March 2014 after having been a vital volunteer at NeighborLink since 2006. He's been serving as GO Day director at Fellowship Missionary Church for the past five years and been a NeighborLink Advisory Group member during that time as well. Jeff brings years of volunteer management and leadership experience to our team. Jeff will be responsible for assisting our church partners with their volunteer efforts as well as creating more meaningful service opportunity for our volunteers that don't have an organizing group to participate with.
Jim Mahan, Director of Volunteer Recruitment
Jim, a long time support of NeighborLink, joined full-time in June 2017 as the Director of Volunteer Recruitment. He has always had a passion for people, love for their stories, and desire to help however he can. Jim serves as Leadership Advisor for a local ministry, Young Adults FW. Jim also founded and hosts Tastemakers Fort Wayne. He truly wants to see the city of Fort Wayne and its local neighborhoods thrive through the sharing of each others stories and practical neighbor to neighbor expressions of God’s love. Jim will be responsible for connecting with anyone interested in learning more about NeighborLink and how to get involved in our organization.
Derrick Smith, Program Manager
Derrick joined the staff in the spring of 2017 as a jack of trades program manager to help us mobilize volunteers, manage community development block grant programs, and bringing an entire career worth of experience to our operations. Derrick retired early after 25 years at his previous employer, and has chosen to dedicate his 2nd career years to serving others. Derrick has been a volunteer with NeighborLink for several years learning the ins and outs of serving vulnerable homeowners on a weekly basis. When we had the opportunity to bring him on our team, we jumped at the opportunity.
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 & 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.”
Heather Schoegler, Owner, Augustus Advisors
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.”