Staff

Staff

With significant expertise and amazing persistence, Immigration Law & Justice Michigan’s legal staff members help our clients understand and pursue their available options.  With wholehearted commitment, other staff members skillfully advocate on our clients’ behalf, share their stories, inform the community, raise needed funds and maintain a strong organization.

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Heather Haigh

Heather Haigh

Interim Executive Director
Marcelo N. Betti 

Marcelo N. Betti 

Legal Co-Director
Alline Beutler

Alline Beutler

Community Relations Manager
Mary Louise Boelcke

Mary Louise Boelcke

Attorney
Tori Booker

Tori Booker

Advocacy and Outreach Manager
Sofia Cuidon

Sofia Cuidon

Department of Justice Accredited Representative
Lorena De Frias

Lorena De Frias

Legal Assistant
Shawn Gillum

Shawn Gillum

Attorney
Leticia Heusties

Leticia Heusties

Immigration Justice Advocate
Carolina Llamosas Iaconelli

Carolina Llamosas Iaconelli

Legal Assistant
Kourtney R. James

Kourtney R. James

Senior Attorney
Kaitlin Chaffin Munoz

Kaitlin Chaffin Munoz

Project Manager
Jenny Rosario

Jenny Rosario

Legal Co-Director
Casey Soto

Casey Soto

Legal Assistant
Floyd Smith III

Floyd Smith III

Communications Manager
Carmen Wise

Carmen Wise

Central Intake Coordinator & Legal Assistant
Molly McFadden

Molly McFadden

Development Director
Jessica Weber

Jessica Weber

Operations and Finance Manager

Heather Haigh

Interim Executive Director

Heather Haigh has 30 years of experience working in a variety of nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations in Iowa City, Chicago and Kalamazoo. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Elementary Education and from Roosevelt University with an M.A. in Counseling and Human Services. Heather is passionate about social and legal justice, female empowerment and antiracism work that leads to poverty reduction and system changes in our Michigan communities.I’ve been with Immigration Law and Justice Michigan since 2019, and I am passionate about my behind-the-scenes role in supporting our staff and administration, so we can give our immigrant populations in Michigan the best, high-quality legal services possible.

Marcelo N. Betti 

Legal Co-Director

Marcelo has been practicing Immigration Law with a family and humanitarian focus since 2014. He is a graduate of Vermont Law School, Grand Valley State University, and Northwestern Michigan College. Marcelo has been working at our Traverse City office since 2015. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

As an immigrant myself, I find it fulfilling to help clients navigate a complex bureaucracy so that they can best contribute to our communities. I also firmly believe that immigrants are at the essence of what makes the United States special.

Alline Beutler

Community Relations Manager

After watching her sister-in-law from China and brother unsuccessfully navigate the immigration system in the U.S. without the help of an immigration attorney after they were married, Alline became passionate about immigrant justice. She worked with others at Central United Methodist Church and the Traverse City community to found the northern Michigan office of ILJ Michigan. With bachelor’s degrees and graduate work in Child Development and Teaching from Michigan State University, Alline made a career shift in 2018 to join the staff of ILJ Michigan.

I believe everyone in our community benefits when people who are in vulnerable situations have the life-changing opportunity for security and can fully participate in our society. I have seen the benefit ILJ Michigan brings to communities and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this organization.

Mary Louise Boelcke

Attorney

Mary Lou graduated from St. Mary’s College with a degree in government as well as a degree in Italian from the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from Oregon School of Law, she began a career as a trial lawyer, specializing in civil rights. She brings more than 30 years’ legal experience to ILJ Michigan.

I work for ILJ Michigan to continue my work for people’s individual rights and to live out my commitment to social justice.

Tori Booker

Advocacy and Outreach Manager

Tori received her MSW and MPH from the University of Michigan. She has many years of experience working in non-profit management, community-based public health and youth and family services. A public health internship in southern Chile during graduate school confirmed her commitment to working with Latina/o communities and to advancing social justice, and she has looked for those opportunities throughout her career. In her free time, she loves to have fun with her family, read and be outdoors.

As the daughter of an immigrant from Chile, it’s important to me that our country be welcoming and a haven for people seeking happy and safe lives. At ILJ Michigan, I can work towards that goal alongside caring and dedicated colleagues and a faithful community of supporters and advocates.

Sofia Cuidon

Department of Justice Accredited Representative

While growing up abroad in Croatia and Germany, Sofia gained valuable experience with refugees and asylum seekers and is passionate about LGBTQIA+ asylum litigation. Sofia focuses her spare time on learning Spanish, playing with her dog and investing in her local community.

I am excited to be a part of ILJ Michigan because of the incredible mission to welcome, serve and empower immigrants so they can thrive in their communities.

Lorena De Frias

Legal Assistant

Lorena has a background in philosophy and legal studies. After receiving a master’s in legal studies from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Lorena joined the staff at ILJ Michigan to work with immigrants as they maneuver the complicated and oftentimes hostile institution of U.S. Immigration.

I work for ILJ Michigan because I believe in advocating for the rights of all individuals, regardless of where they come from or where they’re going.

Shawn Gillum

Attorney

Shawn practiced law in the Denver-metro area for 10 years before moving to West Michigan. He began his legal career as a prosecutor before going into private practice and presented a landmark case before the Colorado Supreme Court. Shawn earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

I’m eager and proud to serve our Kalamazoo immigrant communities. My hope is to continue the legacy of providing top-notch legal representation to our clients and to broaden the number of people we serve in Kalamazoo.   

Leticia Heusties

Immigration Justice Advocate

Leticia is an experienced administrative and community coordinator with extensive experience in immigration campaigns and advocacy. An Alumni of Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Heusties has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development/Behavior Modification and specializes in education and advocacy counseling.

I am genuinely thankful to be a part of an organization that is this dedicated and committed to serving our community.

Carolina Llamosas Iaconelli

Legal Assistant

With over 5 years of experience in Client Relations & Management, Carolina finds herself overjoyed to embark on this new professional journey in immigration law. As a former client, Carolina experienced firsthand the sense of justice, welcoming, and belonging that ILJMI seeks to provide for the immigrant community, and she is eager to inspire the same.

I’m genuinely thankful to be a part of an organization that is this dedicated and committed to serving our community. All I want is to be a positive force, working together to ensure access to justice and provide support and kindness to those navigating the uncertainties of immigration.

Kourtney R. James

Senior Attorney

Kourtney first became captivated by immigration law as she learned about Dreamers and DACA in a high school history class. Since then, she has been committed to learning about and working within the field of immigration. Kourtney received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. She graduated from Detroit Mercy Law School in 2019 and then worked as an asylum officer in the Chicago Asylum Office. Now as a full-time attorney, Kourtney is immensely thankful for the opportunity to engage in meaningful work that directly serves Michigan’s immigrant community.

Immigrants are such a vital component of our nation. The hard work, dedication, and tenacity that they often display truly allows us all to thrive. I do this work because I am passionate about positively uplifting and advocating for the immigrant community.

Kaitlin Chaffin Munoz

Project Manager

Kaitlin graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Spanish, Juvenile Justice and Latin American Studies. She worked at Immigration Legal Services for three years before joining the ILJ Michigan team in 2021 as a Legal Assistant. Now ILJ’S Project Manager, her favorite role is connecting with and educating the community to help create a more welcoming environment for our immigrant and refugee neighbors.

The immigration system in the U.S. is complex, and I believe everyone should have affordable access to high quality immigration legal services as they navigate the system. I’m proud to work for an organization that works to meet this need in our community through pro-bono services.

Jenny Rosario

Legal Co-Director

While volunteering at ILJ Michigan with her husband and children, Jenny fell in love with the mission of the organization. She joined the team in 2020 and serves as Legal Co-Director. Jenny’s experience has included various areas of immigration law, but her primary focus has been humanitarian work representing and advocating for unaccompanied minors and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.


The legal process of immigration can be expensive, overwhelming and complicated. At ILJ Michigan, I have the opportunity to advocate for our most vulnerable populations while affirming their inherent worth, dignity and value.

Casey Soto

Legal Assistant

Originally from southwest Michigan, Casey started working with ILJ Michigan in fall 2022, shortly after graduating from Harvard College with degrees in history & literature and history of science. Already fluent in Spanish, Casey is working to learn Portuguese.

I work for ILJ Michigan because I am passionate about serving the community in which I grew up. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that provides a safe space for marginalized people to seek immigration services.

Floyd Smith III

Communications Manager

Floyd Smith III is a published journalist, communications specialist and content creator with nearly 10 years of writing and website management experience. Floyd began his career as a contributor to the independent student newspaper The North Wind during his time at Northern Michigan University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Journalism. He also has a Masters of Arts degree in film theory from Central Michigan University. He's excited to use his versatile skill-set to serve his community.

I enjoy using my talents to provide for my community, and ILJ-MI allows me to contribute to a heavily marginalized group and directly see the results through the success of our clients and the teamwork of our staff.

Carmen Wise

Central Intake Coordinator & Legal Assistant

Originally from Honduras, Carmen worked as a teacher before moving to Michigan with her husband. Once settled she made a career shift and started working as a medical records specialist where she noticed the need to help Spanish speaking patients through the check in/out process following an appointment. It was then that Carmen noticed how helpful she could be in a client-based environment, specifically with the abilities she’s obtained so far in her career.

I work for ILJ Michigan because I am passionate about helping our community and anyone that embraces a new journey starting in this country. I realize that the transition provides a new beginning and new opportunities for our clients because it is life-changing for anyone who wants it to be.

Molly McFadden

Development Director

Molly has worked with a variety of nonprofits, from grassroots startups to large multinational organizations, helping them connect with donors and raise funds to support crucial community programs. She received her B.A. in history and political science from Alma College. During her junior year she had the opportunity to intern with a nonprofit that did development work in refugee communities, which ignited her passion for fundraising and development work.

I am honored to work with and support the talented ILJ-MI staff so we can continue to serve immigrants across the state of Michigan.

Jessica Weber

Operations and Finance Manager

Jessica Weber is a versatile manager and administrator who has worked in health and human services since 2004. Weber has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in Healthcare Administration. She has a passion for management and collaboration but most of all, helping others within her community.

I look forward to providing support to our team members as they work diligently to help our clients