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Staff

  • John Keller, Esq.

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Previously a staff attorney at ILCM, John assumed the role of director in 2005. 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.

  • Melissa Pfeiffer

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

    Melissa 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.

  • Sheila Stuhlman, Esq.

    LEGAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

    Sheila graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2000. Following her clerkship for Honorable Judge Gary L. Crippen at Minnesota Court of Appeals, 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 is currently the Legal Program Director. She has volunteered for many other local nonprofits, participating in the Minnesota Advocates' fact-finding mission to Peru in 2002.

  • Anne Applebaum, Esq.

    PRO BONO DIRECTOR

    Anne 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.

  • Lenore Millibergity, Esq.

    SENIOR STAFF ATTORNEY

    Lenore 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. Lenore is the recipient of multiple awards honoring her service to the community, including Centro Legal's 2005 Advocate for Justice Award, the 2005 MJF Outstanding Service Award for Direct Legal Service, the 2013 Bernard P. Becker Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association.

  • Maylary Apolo

    LEGAL ASSISTANT

    Maylary first started volunteering at ILCM as an interpreter. She received her teacher’s certificate from Pawe Baw Lu Training School in Burma. She later joined ILCM as a full-time legal assistant in ILCM’s Worthington office in September 2015. Ms. Apolo has worked as a professional interpreter in medical & educational settings, and led a youth program at Nobles County Integration Collaborative before joining ILCM. Ms. Apolo is fluent in English, Burmese, and Karen and is excited to work with refugee clients in Southwestern Minnesota.

  • Martha Castañon

    LEGAL ASSISTANT

    Martha works in ILCM’s new office in Moorhead, Minnesota. Martha brings a great deal of experience from working with the Farmworker Unit of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) for 35 years. She worked as a secretary for SMRLS for 17 years, and was eventually trained and hired as a paralegal. Martha currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community Health Services, Inc. in Moorhead, volunteers with the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Committee of Equality and Justice. In the fall of 2016, Martha received Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota's Partner in Justice award for her skill, dedication, and impact as an advocate.

  • Susan Jorgensen Flores, Esq.

    STAFF ATTORNEY

    Susan has worked with ILCM since 2006. She currently leads the Public Defender Project. 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. While in law school she was a law clerk at ILCM, Co-Student Director of the University of Minnesota Immigrant Law Clinic, and held a teaching specialist position in the Spanish department at the U of MN. From 2006-2013, she served as an Adjunct Professor at the Hamline University School of Law Immigration Clinic.

  • Sara Karki, Esq.

    STAFF ATTORNEY

    Sara graduated from Hamline University School of Law, receiving the CALI Excellence for the Future awards in Immigration and Business Immigration. Ms. Karki graduated from St. Cloud State University magna cum laude with majors in Spanish and Criminal Justice Studies. Ms. Karki has volunteered with several organizations including Amnesty International, The Advocates for Human Rights and Volunteer Lawyers Network’s Spanish Legal Services. She has volunteered with ILCM in the past, doing intake and serving as a Public Interest Practicum student. Sara worked with ILCM’s Rural Immigration Project in the full-time satellite office in Worthington, Minnesota until 2016, when she moved to Austin to kick off ILCM's participation in the Austin Area Minority Business Project.

  • Kathy Klos, Esq.

    STAFF ATTORNEY

    Kathy graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in Sociology and Spanish. In 2007 she graduated cum laude at 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 May 2009 as a project attorney and then moved to Worthington, Minnesota in December 2009 to open and staff the ILCM satellite office there. In August 2013, Kathy rejoined the ranks in the St. Paul office, providing legal representation, outreach, and supervision of the Worthington office.

  • Gail Martinson

    ACCREDITED USCIS REPRESENTATIVE/LEGAL ASSISTANT

    Gail joined ILCM in 2012 after graduating from Inver Hills Community College in the Post-Graduate Paralegal Program. Gail graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work and has practiced immigrant and refugee social work with Neighborhood House, Highland Family Center, West Seventh Community Center, and the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association in Rochester. At ILCM, Ms. Martinson provides representation to “Dreamers” in applying for Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

  • Isbely McKeen

    BIA ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE/LEGAL ASSISTANT

    Isbely graduated from the University of Zulia, Venezuela in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. Ms. McKeen later worked as a clerk at the First Judicial Municipal Court of the State of Zulia. She first became involved with ILCM as an intern in 2011 and was brought on full-time to assist with Deferred Action after completing the paralegal program at Inver Hills Community College in 2012. Currently, Ms. McKeen represents clients with U-visa, VAWA, and Removal of Conditions applications.

  • Robyn Meyer-Thompson, Esq.

    STAFF ATTORNEY

    Robyn graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in 2014 and received the Student of Merit Award for her service with clients through the Civil Advocacy and Immigration Law Clinics at William Mitchell. In 2009, she graduated from College of St. Benedict with majors in Spanish and Political Science. During law school, Robyn worked at ILCM and Southern MN Regional Services on U visa, VAWA, and asylum applications. Prior to joining the ILCM team, Robyn served as the Immigrant Health Law Specialist at Health Access MN, focusing on noncitizen eligibility for health insurance in Minnesota.

  • Sandra Portilla

    RECEPTIONIST AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

    Sandra Portilla is a liberal arts student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, majoring in history. Sandra is fluent in Spanish and English, and has four years of previous customer service experience. She is enthusiastic about her role as receptionist because of the history she has with ILCM— Sandra and her family were assisted by ILCM attorneys in obtaining their work permits and residency. Having had this important experience, she is proud to be able to provide the same life-changing services to other individuals and families.

  • Jess Riemer, Esq.

    STAFF ATTORNEY

    Jess graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2009. During law school she clerked at Centro Legal and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. After law school she worked at the City of Minneapolis in the Department of Civil Rights investigating complaints of discrimination, at the City of St Paul as an Affirmative Action Compliance Officer, and at a nonprofit advocating for victims of intimate partner and sexual violence in criminal courts. Her undergraduate degree was from the University of Minnesota in Global Studies with a minor in History. She has studied and lived in Spain, Panama, Cuba, and Costa Rica.

  • Laueh Roland

    LEGAL ASSISTANT

    Laueh 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.

  • Stephanie Rosario Alvarez

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    Stephanie earned a degree in Technical and Business Administration from Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico y de Servicios #114 in Mexico. She has over twelve years of customer service experience in both the medical and legal fields and has worked at ILCM since 2010.

  • Bao Thao, Esq.

    STAFF ATTORNEY

    Bao graduated from St. Norbert College, majoring in International Business and Language Area Studies. Bao later went to Saitama Prefecture in Japan for three years to work as an assistant language teacher through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Bao has experience working with Mid-Minnesota Legal Services in Minneapolis in an intake capacity as well as with the Immigration Law Practice Group. Bao joined ILCM in July 2014 as a staff attorney. Bao is fluent in Hmong and is enthusiastic about helping ILCM's services better reach the Hmong community of Minnesota.

  • Sarah Trautman

    DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

    Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2013 with majors in English and Biology. While in college and before working at ILCM, she followed her interests in community building and the outdoors to Utah, Maine, and Colorado where she worked as direct care staff at a group home, wilderness therapy, and a homeless shelter.

  • Tammy Villegas

    INTAKE SPECIALIST

    Tammy graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a degree in social work. She has spent over 15 years working with nonprofits in the areas of community organizing and outreach. She has experience working with Dodge Nature Preschool and 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.

  • Kerry McGuire, Esq.

    EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS FELLOW

    Kerry graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2016. While in law school, she served as a student director in the Detainee Rights Clinic which provided removal defense for detained immigrants. Kerry graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and worked in social services in an immigrant neighborhood of Chicago before attending law school. She is the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by 3M and Fish & Richardson. The fellowship supports her work at ILCM and allows her to do outreach in partnership with medical clinics outside of the Twin Cities.

  • Zamzam Ahmed

    LEGAL ASSISTANT

    Zamzam is currently a senior enrolled at Saint Catherine University. She is studying Political science, International Relations, and Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Pre-Law. With previous experience of working with ILCM and the state capital, Zamzam was both encouraged and motivated to join the ILCM team after many Somali residents reaffirmed the importance of her strong passion to use her bilingual skills and help bridge the gap between communities.

  • Terry Velasquez

    SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

    Terry has over 20 years of experience working in nonprofits to build their fundraising, communications, and community relations efforts. Prior to joining ILCM, Terry led the development and communications efforts for several organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, the Epilepsy Foundation of MN, Scholarship America and Resources for Child Caring. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Terry graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 1995.

  • Maryl Fennie

    PRO BONO COORDINATOR

    Maryl graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in May, 2016 with degrees in Spanish and International Business. Throughout her college career she was able to intern and work with several nonprofits including Wisconsin Public Radio, Eau Claire YMCA and Sugar Creek Bible Camp. She is currently doing a year of service at ILCM through Lutheran Volunteer Corp.