Vikara Village Team

Hannah Davis, LGSW, RYT-200, Founder & Executive Director
Hannah[at]vikaravillage.org

Hannah Davis is a social worker and yoga teacher passionate about leadership, youth and family.

Prior to her current role as the Executive Director for Vikara Village, Ms. Davis participated in two terms of service with AmeriCorps' Public Allies Program from 2009-2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. As the Family Relations Coordinator at Aid to Adoption of Special Kids she launched an Alumni Network of adoptive families, planned special events and spearheaded the annual Fostering Joy Holiday Gift Program. The next year she went on to serve as the Assistant Director of Student Support Services at Communities In Schools of Arizona where she developed a sustainable volunteer recruitment and management program, built their social media presence, assisted with fundraising events and managed two of their programs, All Star Kids Tutoring and the Everybody Wins! Power Lunch Program.

Before her move to Arizona, Ms. Davis was a Field Director at the Girl Scout Council of Nation's Capital from 2007 to 2009. As field director, she supported volunteer leadership development of over 1,000 adult volunteers and worked to recruit and retain over 2,500 girls for the organization. Through her community outreach efforts, she was able to form beneficial partnerships with a variety of local community partners to increase the visibility of the organization.

Most recently, Ms. Davis worked with youth in the child welfare system in Montgomery County, MD. Here she worked with teens and their families to help youth stay in school, prevent future child maltreatment and overcome relationship challenges in the home. This work built on her experience as a two-year Child Welfare Scholar with Maryland’s Title IV-E Child Welfare Program through the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. During this time she gained first-hand experience with a number of youth and families connected to child welfare and assisted administrators in the daily operations of a large state-run child welfare agency.

Ms. Davis began practicing yoga in 2009 while living in Phoenix. She found yoga to be a holistic practice challenging her physically, mentally and emotionally. Feeling the transformative power of yoga first-hand, she began incorporating a few yogic practices into her work with clients. As a way to share yoga and its power with others, she decided to get her 200-Hour certification from Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring, MD in 2017. Ms. Davis has completed Street Yoga’s Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth Training and Surviving Assault: Yoga Essentials as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma. She leads a number of trauma-informed community-based yoga classes for youth and adults.

As a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts, Ms. Davis remains active in the local scouting community as a troop volunteer and DC Gold Award Panel Member. Ms. Davis holds a Master of Social Work from University of Maryland – Baltimore and a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a minor in sociology from Temple University. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Amara "Hit" Diakite, Program Coordinator, H.Y.P.E
     Amara[at]vikaravillage.org

For over 10 years Amara Diakite has worked in the music industry as a songwriter, performer and producer focusing on creating a positive musical outlet for him and his community. Specializing in wordplay, metaphors, personification and similes he gained an accomplished reputation for his lyrical ability.

Early in his childhood Mr. Diakite was diagnosed with a speech impediment. Through his work with a speech therapist, reading aloud, writing, and eventually rapping he was able to overcome this challenge during middle school. Through this experience, Mr. Diakite found hip hop. He credits hip hop with building his self-confidence, helping him overcome his speech impediment, giving him a voice and an outlet to express himself.

The skills and knowledge he learned through hip hop, led to the creation of H.Y.P.E (Hip Hop for Youth Personal Empowerment). He now acts as a Program Coordinator, empowering youth through art and character development. He guides students through the five elements of hip hop towards self-understanding and confidence. He is working on his Bachelor's degree in Food Science at American Arts Institute in Washington, DC. He's the father to a creative, energetic daughter in elementary school.

Sara Lackey, Data and Program Analyst Intern
     sara[at]vikaravillage.org

Sara Lackey is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. She is specializing in social policy with a focus on mental health policy and program evaluation. Before coming to Maryland, Ms. Lackey received her undergraduate degree in May 2015 from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where she majored in political science and minored in sociology and psychology. At Appalachian State she served as a research assistant to a professor in the Government and Justice Studies Department along with a professor in the Psychology Department. Additionally, Ms. Lackey co-founded the Appalachian State Chapter of Active Minds: Changing the Conversation about Mental Health and served as a Mental Health Ambassador for the Appalachian State Counseling Center.

Ms. Lackey is currently serving as our Data and Program Analyst Intern, where she develops measurement tools, collects and evaluates our program's data and metrics, and helps with volunteer management and social media.

Una Hildebrandt, RYT-200, Yoga Teacher

Una Hildebrandt, RYT-200, has maintained a committed yoga practice for the past 15 years, and has found that the benefits of yoga can be measured far beyond physical fitness. She draws inspiration from many styles, including Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Power Yoga, but her practice and teaching style are grounded in a vinyasa flow, linking breath with movement to create dynamic sequences that encourage strength and flexibility. She offers a positive, direct, and supportive approach to help students maintain a yoga practice that will sustain and nourish them.  Una completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Flow Yoga Center in 2013. She is also a certified mat Pilates instructor.

Una teaches a carefully sequenced class that is grounded in proper alignment and technique. She likes to encourage students to adopt a playful approach to their yoga practice.

Mallory Pettis, RYT-200, Yoga Teacher

Mallory Pettis is a DC area native who is passionate about so many things on any given day, but particularly anything wellness, yoga, and spirituality. She’s been practicing yoga for several years and obtained her RYT-200 through Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring in May of 2017. She loves yoga because of its transformative quality; she’s seen firsthand how a few poses and deep breaths can change the course of a day, and how a few poses and deep breaths a day can ultimately change the course of a life. Outside of practicing yoga, she is a Holistic Health Coach, bike lover, and student of Ayurveda.