Staff

John Keller, Executive Director, assumed the role of director in 2005. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney at ILCM from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Keller graduated Cum Laude from Hamline School of Law in 1996 and received his B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Minnesota in 1992. After law school, Mr. Keller served as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals (1997-1998). He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Immigration Clinic from 2004-06, and as Vice Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Immigration Chapter. Mr. Keller was named Attorney of the Year 2007 by Minnesota Lawyer, and received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2007 Advocacy Award on behalf of ILCM for work he led in response to immigration raids in 2006.

Lenore Millibergity, Senior Staff Attorney, graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1986 and began working for ILCM in 1987. She handles all areas of immigration law, but specializes in family petitions, citizenship, asylum, deportation defense, and aid for battered immigrant women. In 2005 she received Centro Legal's Advocate for Justice Award for her service to the Latino community.

Sheila Stuhlman, Senior Staff Attorney, graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2000. She began her career by working as a clerk for Honorable Judge Gary L. Crippen at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Following her clerkship, she worked as an associate at the Minneapolis law firm of Miller-O'Brien, where she specialized in the areas of plaintiff employment discrimination and union-side labor law. She began working at ILCM in 2003 and currently leads the Public Defender Project. She has volunteered for many other local nonprofits, including the Center for Victims of Torture, Resource Center of the Americas, and the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Refugee and Immigrant Program. She participated in the Minnesota Advocates' fact-finding mission to Peru to study the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in November 2002.

Susan Jorgensen Flores, Staff Attorney, has worked with ILCM since 2006. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2001. From 2001-2006 she was employed at Centro Legal, where her final position was Immigration Unit Supervising Attorney. Prior to her law certification, Susan clerked at ILCM. As Student Attorney and Co-Student Director of the University of Minnesota Immigrant Law Clinic, she aided immigrant clients and represented asylum applicants before the immigration service and court. Through Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in 2000, she helped prepare government benefits cases for low-income clients and helped clients find housing through Project Hope.

Kathleen (Kathy) Klos, Staff Attorney, is a graduate of St. Norbert College where she studied Sociology and Spanish, and a 2007 Cum Laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Kathy was awarded the John R. Roach Fellowship for pursuit of a career in public interest and received the UST Living the Mission Award. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as an immigration counselor for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Kathy began her legal career as a staff attorney at Centro Legal, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota. She began working with ILCM in 2009 as a project attorney and now works with the Rural Immigration Project in the full-time satellite office in Worthington, Minnesota.

J Enrique (Enrique) Téllez, Staff Attorney, graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2012. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago where he studied Criminal Justice and Latin American Studies. During law school, he served as a student attorney and volunteer clerk at Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis assisting immigration clients. He also worked as a summer advocate and student attorney for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services where he worked with migrant farm workers and assisted vulnerable communities applying for government programs. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal for an immigration firm in downtown Chicago. He is the full-time attorney located in the Worthington office. Enrique is fluent in Spanish. He volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities and Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. He is also a current member of the Blandin Foundation’s Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities Program.

Selena Britzius-Negash, Program Director, graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2003 and received a B.A. degree in French from the University of Minnesota in 1995. Selena began her work in the field of immigration law in 2001 as a Minnesota Justice Foundation summer clerk at Centro Legal.  After graduating from law school, Selena continued to work at Centro Legal first as a staff attorney, and later as the supervising attorney of the immigration unit until the organization closed its doors in 2009.  Prior to joining ILCM, Selena worked as an associate immigration attorney at the Minneapolis firm Wilson Law Group, where she specialized in deportation defense and securing immigration relief for victims of domestic violence and other violent crime.  Selena’s previous work with ILCM includes working at as project attorney in 2009 to help ILCM continue providing representation to former Centro Legal clients, and serving as a volunteer attorney mentor for ILCM’s Pro Bono Crime Victim Project.  Selena is the attorney of record in the published Board of Immigration Appeals decision Matter of Martinez Espinoza, 25 I&N Dec. 118 (BIA 2009).  Selena speaks Spanish and French.

Anne Applebaum, Pro Bono Director, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2009. During law school she served as a student attorney at the Neighborhood Law Project, an ESL tutor at the Literacy Network, and a Domestic Violence Crisis Line Advocate at DAIS. Anne began her legal career at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in the Trial Department where she was able to participate in several pro bono immigration cases, and joined ILCM in 2010.

Gail Martinson, Legal Assistant traces her passion for assisting immigrants and refugees to her experience working in a camp for Hmong refugees in Thailand in the early 1980s. Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Winona State University in 1990, Gail has practiced social work with The Neighborhood House, West Seventh Community Center, and the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association in Rochester. After interning at ILCM, Gail completed the paralegal program at Inver Hills Community College and has worked on Salvadoran TPS, family petitions, and Deferred Action cases since 2012.

Isbely McKeen, Legal Assistant began her career in her home country of Venezuela where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Zulia in 1994. She first got involved with ILCM as an intern in 2011 and was brought on full time to assist with Deferred Action and family reunification cases after completing the paralegal program at Inver Hills Community College in 2012. A dedicated community member, Isbely volunteers at Feed My Starving Children, Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Church, and in the South Washington School District.

Laueh Roland, Legal Assistant, joined ILCM in 2011 and works with our refugee project. Laueh works with ILCM's affiliate office, the Neighborhood House, and is fluent in both English and Karen.

Melissa Pfeiffer, Associate Director, has worked with nonprofits for over 15 years in the areas of auditing, finance, development, and human resources. She has served a wide variety of organizations including the American Bar Association and the Fund for Justice and Education in Chicago; labor unions, farmworkers' clinics, and Women, Infant and Children's Clinics in the Pacific Northwest; and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Indiana University. She joined ILCM in 2007.

Tammy Villegas, Office Manager, graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a degree in social work. She came to ILCM from the Dodge Nature Preschool where she spent her time educating children about the wonders of the natural world. She has spent over 15 years working with nonprofits in the areas of community organizing and outreach. She spent significant time in California working in nonprofits including La Clinica San Pedro in South Central LA, the LA Catholic Worker, and the headquarters and field offices of the United Farm Workers throughout California. Tammy joined ILCM in June 2008 and is excited to continue in a role that helps provide a voice to all people.

Kathleen Lohmar Exel, Development Associate, came to ILCM in 2009 after three years as a staff attorney and one year as a visiting faculty member in the University of St. Thomas Legal Services Clinic, Immigration Law Practice Group. At UST, where she also earned her J.D., she supervised law students handling asylum and detained immigrant cases, handled a variety of complex immigration cases, and taught a variety of classes. She currently volunteers as a consulting attorney for the Advocates for Human Rights. Kathleen graduated from Carleton College in 2000 and began working in development at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She returns to development work drawing on additional skills learned from her volunteer work on the board of directors of the Westonka District Foundation and her experience with the "Leaders Improving the Non-profit Community" program.

Fatema Haji-Taki, Outreach & Assistance Coordinator and MNsure Navigator, earned a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2012. An attorney with experience in the intersection of immigration law and healthcare policy, Fatema spent 2013 lobbying for ILCM at the Minnesota state legislature for increased immigrant access to healthcare. She joins ILCM’s staff to help immigrants enroll in healthcare after working at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the Wilson Law Group.

Kirsten Gundersen, Communications Associate, joined ILCM in early 2014. After graduating from Lawrence University with a degree in Government, she left the country to pursue volunteer opportunities and travel in Central America. In Guatemala she began working for the non profit organization, the Highland Support Project. For four years she helped to facilitate grassroots development projects in Indigenous Maya communities in Guatemala, as well as assist in managing a cross-cultural service learning program for youth and adults from the United States. She is excited to coordinate communication efforts that will support the goals of ILCM.    

Felipe Illescas joined ILCM in 2011 as the organization's Policy Associate. Prior to that, Felipe worked with the Service Employees International Union to spearhead a campaign to increase Latino voting in Minnesota, and later to coordinate and manage the implementation of several programs to serve dislocated workers and their families. This included establishing relationships and working with different community organizations as well as state and federal elected officials to achieve positive policies for the immigrant communities in Minnesota. Felipe has a BA in Business Administration and is currently completing his MS in Management.

Stephanie Rosario Alvarez, Receptionist earned a degree in Technical and Business Administration from Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico y de Servicios #114 in Mexico. With over ten years of customer service experience in both the medical and legal fields, Stephanie cherishes the opportunity to be the first point of contact with ILCM clients as well as helping clients with translation and connecting them to essential resources across Minnesota. She has worked at ILCM since 2010.

Anna Hall began working as Intake Specialist and Legal Assistant at ILCM in August 2013, after graduating from Grinnell College with a degree in Sociology and Global Development Studies. At Grinnell College, she served as co-founder and co-leader of the Anti-Oppression Peer Education Network (OPEN) and as President of Grinnell College’s chapter of Free the Slaves, where she also worked as a Research Intern during the summer of 2012. She is excited to carry her passion for advocacy and social justice into this full-time, year-long placement through Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Her work at ILCM primarily consists of conducting the daily client intake process, as well as legal case work for immigrant victims of crime.

 



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