Our Team


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Cheryl McFaddin, Executive Director

Cheryl is a Licensed Master of Science in Social Work with 16 years of experience, most of which has been in child welfare and mental health, including running two homes for children ages 0-12. Cheryl has experience as a social welfare officer and also spent 5 years working in the emergency room of a children’s hospital. She oversees all of the day-to-day operations of Neema House, including community outreach.

scott mcfaddin, director general

Scott has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Scott’s role is to develop a thorough system for record keeping, coordinate fundraising projects for Neema House, seek other funding sources for long-term sustainability, update and maintain the website, oversee building projects, and oversee payroll.



Casmir Lucas

Lucas has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and has been working with Neema House for over a year and a half, serving as both the Manager and Social Worker. Lucas oversees staff, assists with hiring, training, and development, works with the social welfare offices on identified needs and paperwork, and oversees the community outreach program: Maisha Matters.

Steven Pelegrino, property manager

Steven has been involved with Neema House since before it was built and was present during the planning and construction of all of the facilities. He is an all-around handy man and can build / fix most things. Steven oversees the property maintenance and improvements, supplies, and security.



Lucas Matumba, Social Worker

Lucas has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and has been working with Neema House as Social Worker for a little over a year. Lucas completes investigations to search for family for all new children; coordinates family reunifications, when possible, and then does follow-up safety visits; and assists with our Maisha Matters outreach program.

Neema Matto, office & education assistant

Neema has worked at Neema House for 3 years as a child caregiver. She was recently promoted to the position of Office and Education Assistant where she is working to help maintain Life Books on every child, keep photos up-to-date, and create a unique curriculum to educate Neema House children on life skills, fine motor development, and critical thinking skills in order to better prepare them for school in the future.


We also employ over 25 other employees including our caregivers (mamas), cooks, and security guards. All employees receive a salary, social security, annual leave, and we hold regular trainings with our staff. 80% of our staff are women and in some cases they are the primary earner in their families.