Our Team


Sara John, Executive Director and 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!


Aurora Castilleja, Operations Manager

Aurora began with IFCLA in August of 2018, after working in processing health insurance applications for several years. She knew she was a good fit for IFCLA because of her knowledge of Central and Latin American cultures and language. As Operations Manager, Aurora lends professional experience to data entry and organization, tracking finances and organizational records, and keeping IFCLA’s bilingual correspondence accurate. Aurora has lived in St. Louis for 13 years, and currently lives with her two daughters, two dogs, and one cat. Her favorite things about the city are all the parks, especially festivals in the MO Botanical Gardens. Outside of work, Aurora loves to paint with watercolors. A perfect weekend for Aurora is working around her house, fixing things up and keeping the household going!


Lindsey Faust, Accompaniment Coordinator and Loretto Volunteer

Lindsey Faust hails from the great state of Texas, but she called New York City - specifically the Bronx - her home for the last four years until graduating from Fordham University with degrees in Theology and Communication & Culture in May 2018. She is IFCLA's 2018-2019 Loretto Volunteer and works full-time as the coordinator of the Accompaniment Program and Ankle Monitor Removal Initiative. After this year, she hopes to pursue academia in the field of Catholic theology, investigating Church structure and possibilities for feminist and inclusive alternatives in leadership - including further inclusion for Catholic immigrants in the American Church at large. Besides theology and immigration justice, Lindsey is passionate about warm weather, art museums, and hanging out with her little brother. 


Theresa Schafer, COmmunity Engagement 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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Leo Medina 


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