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.
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.
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.
Vanessa Carrigan, Operations Coordinator
Vanessa is originally from Rockford, IL but moved to Fort Wayne with her husband, Logan, in 2019 after graduating from Ozark Christian College with a degree in Bible & Ministry. She serves as our first point of contact with neighbors looking for assistance. Additionally, Vanessa works to strengthen our day-to-day operations as we prepare for the next phase of organizational growth, and ensures the mission of NeighborLink is executed in the most effective and efficient way possible. Vanessa loves playing board games with friends, traveling with her husband, and working with high school and college students.
Josh King, Volunteer Development / Engagement Coordinator
Josh joined NeighborLink after serving four years at a local church in Fort Wayne. In his role, he facilitated community-building and outreach opportunities for high school students and young adults. Josh loves coming alongside churches, businesses, and communities that love the vulnerable in tangible, practical ways. Josh now works to develop and engage our volunteers throughout every step of the NeighborLink process. Josh enjoys riding his bike, drinking coffee, playing video games, cheering on Manchester United, the Chicago Bulls, and The Chicago Fire. He also loves to attend concerts with his wife, Kendyl, and walk their dog, Rooney.
Robert Johnson, Communications Coordinator
Robert served as our AmeriCorps VISTA Storytelling and Journalism Coordinator in 2020 and returned in March 2022 as our Communications Coordinator. A longtime writer and storyteller, he has also been heavily involved in the local food scene since 2014. Much of his role at NeighborLink involves communicating the stories of neighbors and volunteers while strengthening the connections we have with our donors. Robert loves to explore little-known towns across the country and is an avid reader of nonfiction.
Quinton McGee, Storyteller and Video Coordinator
Quinton joined the team in May 2022 as our Storyteller and Video Coordinator. He came to us through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. A recent graduate of Purdue University, he completed his degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication two days after his 20th birthday. A natural and personable communicator, his easygoing nature makes relationship-building on project sites one of his greatest strengths. In his free time, Quinton enjoys basketball, spending time with his family, and relaxing.
Ryan Neff, Volunteer Mobilization Coordinator
Ryan came on board through the AmeriCorps VISTA program in May 2022 and serves as our Volunteer Mobilization Coordinator. A native of Fort Wayne, he is currently studying Business Administration and Management at Purdue Fort Wayne. A big picture thinker who loves to serve, Ryan is a perfect fit for his role in working alongside our volunteers. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, watching movies, and good coffee.
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, Director for Strategic Partnerships - World Partners
Joe's ongoing passion for service aids the growth of the NeighborLink community. 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."