Our Team


Sara John, Executive Director

After serving as IFCLA's Board President, Sara John transitioned into her role as Program Coordinator in the summer of 2016. In January 2018, the Board of Directors appointed her as Executive Director as part of the organizational restructuring that resulted from internal strategic planning efforts. Sara has been with IFCLA 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 3-year-old son, Alexander, participates in actions as one of our youngest activists!


Carly Garcia, Operations Manager 

Carly Garcia was born in a small suburb of Chicago and raised in a little southern Missouri town, called Poplar Bluff.  She is a hard working, loving wife and mother of three. Carly learned about IFCLA’s organization through the M.I.C.A Project almost 2 years ago, and after learning firsthand the wonderful things IFCLA provides for immigrant communities, she has immersed herself in advocacy work during her battle for social justice for her family. Battling the administration, flying to Washington D.C., while her husband lives in Sanctuary here in St. Louis. Social Justice is important to her because it means correcting the wrongs that have been done to her family and families like hers. She wants families to know that organizations like IFCLA are fighting for them. And in doing so she has taken the leap of faith and moved to St. Louis to joined the IFCLA team as Operations Manager. Her goal is to provide comfort and trust between the organization and other immigrant families. Carly is extremely friendly, outgoing, and loves the outdoors.


Allie Seleyman, Accompaniment Coordinator and Loretto Volunteer

Allie Seleyman is a recent graduate of Huntington University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law, History, and Spanish. She is IFCLA’s 2019-2020 Loretto Volunteer and works full time as the coordinator of the Accompaniment Program and Ankle Monitor Removal Initiative. After this year, she hopes to either complete another service year or attend graduate school to further her education on human rights and international studies. Eventually Allie wants to go to law school to pursue a degree in international law. Aside from academics, she is passionate about reading public policy, watching nature documentaries, and running.


Joanna Williams, CSCE Part-time intern

Joanna Williams is an undergraduate student at Saint Louis University working toward degrees in Latin American Studies and Spanish. She is a joint intern for IFCLA and the Saint Louis University Center for Service and Community Engagement, and primarily works to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations and engage the SLU community in immigration advocacy and education. After completing her four years at SLU, Joanna would like to attend law school and pursue a degree in immigration law so that she may better provide support to migrants in their journeys and continue to advocate for justice and an immigration system which puts the dignity and humanity of migrants at the forefront.


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Ellen ziegemeier



Leonel Medina 


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rosario bobadilla, csj



Tyler Connoley 



Geraldine germain



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

Advisory Committee

In 2018, IFCLA re-launched the Advisory Committee, which is a really exciting space that engages a broad spectrum of community expertise to strengthen our organization. Read more here.