Our Team


Sara John, Program Coordinator

After serving as IFCLA's Board President, Sara John transitioned into her role as Program Coordinator in the summer of 2016. Sara has been with the organization for over 10 years, since she was a student at Saint Louis University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Studies. She continued her studies at the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on the US-Mexico Border. Sara's graduate research centered on migrants that disappear in their journey to the US, and she has lived in and traveled throughout Southern Mexico. Sara has extensive professional background working for migration justice and speaks fluent Spanish. Frequently, her 2-year-old son, Alexander, participations in actions as one of our youngest activists!


Susan Nichols, Operations Manager

Susan Nichols recieved her Masters of Arts degree in American Studies in may 2017 from Saint Louis University. Since joining the staff, Susan has focused on volunteer coordination, organizational continuity and operations management. In her free time, she enjoys playing traditional Irish fiddle and petting lots of dogs. 


Theresa Schafer, Sanctuary Outreach Coordinator 

Theresa Schafer graduated with a degree in Theology from Saint Louis University in May 2016. Her theological focus is social justice, and this interest drew her to a year-of-service program with Amate House in Chicago, where she served as a high school campus minister and theology teacher. A love of the city and its wonderful communities brought her back to St. Louis, were she began volunteering at IFCLA while bartending in Soulard. Now a part time staff member, Theresa focuses primarily on interfaith sanctuary outreach, advocacy, and education. When not at IFCLA, Theresa enjoys creating new cocktails at her bartending job, crafting, and exploring new cafes in STL with her journal and a good book. 



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Ellen ziegemeier



Yareli Urbina 


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Amy de la hunt



Tyler Connelly 



Geraldine germain



IFCLA Board and Staff are supported by wonderful practicum students, interns, volunteers, and core committee members.