Mano al Hermano’s People


Executive Director, Ama Frimpong is an attorney who graduated from Salem College in 2011, and from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2014. She dedicated her first years of practice to immigration and criminal defense. Most recently, from July to November 2016, she taught English as a Second Language to high school students in Colombia, South America. Frimpong has demonstrated a commitment to public service, serving on non-profit boards such as the Children’s Law Center of North Carolina. She is thrilled to serve the Dare County Latino population through Mano al Hermano.

Executive Director, Jessica Loose taught English as a Second Language at Dare County Schools for almost fifteen years, until her retirement in 2016. This was after years of living and working in Puerto Rico. Currently, in addition to co-teaching English to Latino mothers at Nags Head Elementary School through Mano al Hermano, Loose also creates courses for a language learning software. Loose is dedicated to teaching English to Dare County’s Latino families, advancing Mano al Hermano’s mission.


Chairperson, Mrs. 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. Mrs. Neal has been a volunteer for Mano al Hermano since its beginning. She can be contacted at 252-475-5516 or

Treasurer, Dr. Gary L. Kimmel has a PhD in physiology and over 30 years experience in reproductive and developmental toxicology, children’s environmental health, and risk assessment. He also worked for two decades with the U.S. EPA. Dr. Kimmel’s projects have taken him to India, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. He has been part of two work groups in Honduras and is currently working with the Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic.

Secretary, Lily Campos Nieberding was born in Chile before immigrating to the states 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.

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, connecting them with services and spreading information related to employment among others.

Danyele Graham has over 25 years of teaching 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 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.

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.

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.

Betsy Robinson is the school health nurse for Nags Head Elementary School, a position she has held for the past ten years. Prior to that, she was a public health nurse with both Dare and Currituck counties for nearly twenty years. Robinson loves to sing, and is the lead singer of two bands: “Old Enough to Know Better”, and “Full Circle”.

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.

Roanoke Island Community Garden Manager, Robert Perry