Board of Directors

Chairperson, Claudia Neal, is a Professional in Business Administration from the Atlantico University in Colombia, South America. She emigrated from Colombia to the USA in 2007. Eventually she earned her spot as Interpreter at the Department of Social Services of Dare County, NC. Neal has been a volunteer for Mano al Hermano since its beginning.

Vice Chairperson, Miguel Angel Rodriguez  is from Honduras and has served on Mano al Hermano’s Board from its inception. He is a carpenter and serves his church by providing a communication link between his parish and the diocese. He serves Mano al Hermano in many capacities.

Secretary, Lily Campos Nieberding was born in Chile and immigrated to the US when she was seven years old. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Politics with an International Relations option. She worked in various capacities for Marriott International. She has been employed by the Town of Nags Head for over 11 years and has been active in her community as a Missions of Mercy Dental Clinic Interpreter.

Treasurer, John Haigh is a native of Delaware. For fourteen years, he held positions in securities trading, insurance sales, financial planning, and income tax preparation. He then worked as a credit manager and marketing manager for DuPont for 20 years. After retiring early two years ago, he moved to Nags Head, where he enjoys activities such as home remodeling, gardening, hiking, reading on the beach, and spending time with his wife. He also volunteers as a tutor in our Family Literacy Program.

Lizette Perez Sanchez-Tadeo was born in Mexico before immigrating to the US 12 years ago. She serves the Hispanic community as one of the leaders and advocates, working tirelessly to share information regarding employment, housing, and other services. She and her husband, Facundo, share a love of service.

Facundo Tadeo Alvarez is originally from Mexico and works as a carpenter. He is an accomplished musician and shares this gift with his church and community. His leadership skills along with his desire to serve the community result in vital connections between people and resources.

Danyele Graham has over 25 years of experience working with teachers and children in a learning support capacity. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from California University of Pennsylvania and is also certified as a teacher of learning disabilities through James Madison University. For the last 10 years she has taught English as a Second Language classes through the College of the Albemarle. She works closely with the College of the Albemarle providing workshops and ongoing online classes to promote further learning in the Hispanic community.

Dianne Avery works as a Registered Nurse with 20 years’ experience in Labor and Delivery and Emergency Care. She spends three months each winter in Merida, Mexico where she works with children as well as working with a Spay/Neuter animal project. She serves as volunteer ESL teacher.

Ernesto Estrada Saavedra was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is a carpenter, DJ, and radio station manager. He is in charge of programming music on the online radio www.tequilahits.com and also manages different online social profiles for the radio station on Facebook and Twitter.

Carlos Babilonia was born in Puerto Rico. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for over sixteen years, working as an interpreter. In April 2014, he moved to Hatteras with his wife and three children. Currently, he manages the maintenance department at Hatteras Realty, where he and his wife are the only bilingual employees. Babilonia is active in his community and his church.

Alejandra Monica Sanchez is originally from Mexico. She moved to the U.S. when she was seven years old. She is a 2016 graduate of First Flight High School, and a full-time student at College of the Albemarle. She loves tutoring and volunteering in the community.

Sharon Sullivan has spent the last fifteen years working in public relations for Dare County Schools. She graduated from Manteo High School in 1974, then earned a B.A. in Sociology from UNC Wilmington. She has two children and one grandchild that she loves very much.

Program Directors

Family Literacy Director, Kay Minis has lived on the Outer Banks most of her life and enjoys working with the Latino community. As a Speech/Language Pathologist, she appreciates the importance of communication and is grateful for the opportunity to assist families participate more fully and feel more included in our diverse OBX community. She recruits, trains, and coordinates a growing cadre of 35+ volunteers.

Roanoke Island Community Garden Co-Manager, Rachael Veal was born in Georgia but since getting her Horticulture degree in 2000 from UGA has lived in Vermont, Texas, and California.  She has worked at organic farms, botanical gardens, and as both an environmental educator and a botany field technician.  In 2015, she and her husband returned to the southeast for jobs and school, and to be closer to family.  She is very excited about the prospect of starting a children’s garden at MaH Community Garden.

Roanoke Island Community Garden Co-Manager, Andrew Legge was born and raised in Durham, and after stints in Colorado and Maine, met his wife and moved to the OBX in 2015.  He has been working in the organic agriculture space for about three years and currently manages a small market garden in Grandy.  He looks forward to helping Rachel manage the garden and contributing to a community that embraces diversity.