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.

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 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.

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.


Executive Director

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 legal practice to immigration and criminal defense. 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, sharing her organizational and Spanish language skills as well as her legal background.

Program Directors

Family Literacy Coordinator, Julie Stewart has over 15 years of experience working in elementary schools as a volunteer, teacher assistant, and librarian. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and French from the College of William and Mary where she is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She also holds a Master of Library Science from East Carolina University. She has been a certified Media Coordinator and School Librarian in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Georgia.  Julie and her husband, Tom, live in Nags Head except when they are travelling to visit their older son Alec, who lives and works in Washington, D.C., and their younger son Ryan, who is enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Roanoke Island Community Garden 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 devotes a lot of time to our children’s garden, as well as our pop-up fresh food pantry.