Abbie (Miyabi) Yamamoto, PhD   , Board Chair   Having grown up a racial, ethnic, and religious minority, Abbie quickly learned how to navigate different cultural norms. Research for her doctoral dissertation widened her view to make her an expert on relationships between people of diverse backgrounds.  She helps organizations prepare themselves for a diverse environment. both through  diversity coaching  and  international marketing .

Abbie (Miyabi) Yamamoto, PhD, Board Chair

Having grown up a racial, ethnic, and religious minority, Abbie quickly learned how to navigate different cultural norms. Research for her doctoral dissertation widened her view to make her an expert on relationships between people of diverse backgrounds.
She helps organizations prepare themselves for a diverse environment. both through diversity coaching and international marketing.

Francine Ngabu
President

Formerly a Judge in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Francine arrived in Maine in 2011 and joined the MANA board in 2012. In Fall 2016, Francine and Ali Tozier launched MANA Mingle: for Legal Professionals (now "Peer to Peer") to connect foreign-trained lawyers with their peers in Maine.

Michael Fitzgibbons   , Secretary   After working in Sales with Fortune 500 companies, Michael moved back to Maine to work in Southern Maine’s booming real estate market. Through his work, Michael has learned that  “People aren’t interested in how much you know until they know how much you care.”  He serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Fitzgibbons, Secretary

After working in Sales with Fortune 500 companies, Michael moved back to Maine to work in Southern Maine’s booming real estate market. Through his work, Michael has learned that “People aren’t interested in how much you know until they know how much you care.” He serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce.

Nolasque Isirabahenda, Treasurer   Nolasque has over 20 years leading non-profits internationally, including both  US Aid , where he was lead Accountant and the  Burundian Community Association of Maine , of which he was a founding board member.

Nolasque Isirabahenda, Treasurer

Nolasque has over 20 years leading non-profits internationally, including both US Aid, where he was lead Accountant and the Burundian Community Association of Maine, of which he was a founding board member.



 
Dieudonné Nzeyimana, MBA    With over 20 years work experience in public service and IT leadership, Dieudonné brings ample leadership experience to MANA. A recent arrival to the U.S., he is currently an intern at the  Manufacturers Association of   Maine    and seeking his first leadership job in the United States.

Dieudonné Nzeyimana, MBA

With over 20 years work experience in public service and IT leadership, Dieudonné brings ample leadership experience to MANA. A recent arrival to the U.S., he is currently an intern at the Manufacturers Association of Maine and seeking his first leadership job in the United States.

Zoe Sahloul    Zoe, a passionate advocate for inclusion and social integration of Arabs and other Muslims living in Maine, is the founder and President of the  New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO).  From 2016-2018, Zoe also served as the  Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC) ’s founding Board Chairperson.

Zoe Sahloul

Zoe, a passionate advocate for inclusion and social integration of Arabs and other Muslims living in Maine, is the founder and President of the New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO). From 2016-2018, Zoe also served as the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC)’s founding Board Chairperson.


Andre Nzeyimana   André has many years' experience as a community activist. He is a co-founder and past President of the  Burundian Community Association of Maine  and a longtime advocate for immigrants, families, and quality housing for all.

Andre Nzeyimana

André has many years' experience as a community activist. He is a co-founder and past President of the Burundian Community Association of Maine and a longtime advocate for immigrants, families, and quality housing for all.

F    rank Higiro    Frank comes to MANA with years of experience in communications and risk management. Frank, originally from Rwanda, is a eloquent spokesperson for the plight of immigrants in Maine. He currently is active in restorative efforts for youth in Maine and serves as Coordinator for the  Maine Youth Court.

Frank Higiro

Frank comes to MANA with years of experience in communications and risk management. Frank, originally from Rwanda, is a eloquent spokesperson for the plight of immigrants in Maine. He currently is active in restorative efforts for youth in Maine and serves as Coordinator for the Maine Youth Court.

Apollo Karara, M.S.
Co-Founder and Board Member

Apollo came to Maine over 10 years ago from Rwanda, where he was Mayor of a large district (3 x the population of Portland) that suffered greatly from the genocide. He was forced to leave Rwanda after he was recognized internationally for his work leading reconciliation on a district-by-district level, thus bypassing funding for the national government.

In 2011, Apollo met Co-Founder, Stefanie Trice Gill, MBA, soon after publishing his Masters Thesis in community development, entitled: English Proficiency for Economic Reliance for Immigrants in Portland, Maine.

Together, Apollo and Stefanie launched MANA in 2012, and with it, efforts to improve the social and integration of foreign-trained professionals in Maine.

After moving to Texas in 2015, Apollo has since returned to Maine where, in 2018 he re-joined the board and his colleague, Stefanie, left the board to lead IntWork, a recruitment agency that focuses on matching Maine companies with foreign-trained STEM professionals.