Dedicated people who seek to welcome immigrants.

 
 
 

Executive Leadership

 
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Jonquil Bertschi, Executive Director

Jonquil has dedicated her career to fighting injustice against vulnerable populations, especially children and families. Prior to joining us, Jonquil was the social action program director at HAVEN, where she directed the court advocacy and first response teams, providing legal advocacy and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence throughout Oakland County. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Weiss Children’s Advocacy Center in Flint. Jonquil holds a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Women’s Studies and Religion from Kalamazoo College.

“In the current political climate, immigrants are facing a lot of uncertainty and trauma. I am honored to provide welcoming, culturally appropriate legal services to our immigrant neighbors.”

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Melanie D. Goldberg, Legal advisor

Melanie D. Goldberg has been practicing Immigration Law in the Detroit area for more than 15 years. She graduated from New York Law School and is admitted to practice in Michigan and New York. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Chapter. Melanie is actively involved in AILA’s National Day of Action (lobbying for better immigration laws). She frequently educates on issues of immigration as a guest speaker to any group willing to listen.

I am so grateful to Justice for Our Neighbors  for the opportunities I have to make a difference in so many lives

 
 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides governance and oversight to all JFON locations in Michigan.

 

Trace Bauman

Kristine Faasse

Hoon-Yong Hopgood

Mani Khavajian

Sonya Luna

David Lundquist

Lou Ann McKimmy

Rev. Paul Perez

Joan VanDesel

Nate Wolf

 
 
 

Metro Detroit Advisory Council

The Advisory Council provides local input and insights based on each member’s involvement in immigration.

 
 

Rev. Paul Perez

Phil Palmer

Rev. Alicea Williams

 

Pastor Anthony Ballah

Jorge Luna

Sonya Luna

 

Anthony Ray

Alexandra Smith

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grand Rapids Advisory Council

The Advisory Council provides local input and insights based on each member’s involvement in immigration.

 

Kristine Faase

Chris Cavanaugh

Clifford K. Alles-Curie

Joan VanDesel

Laure Mieskowski

Nate Wolf

 
 

Kalamazoo Advisory Council

The Advisory Council provides local input and insights based on each member’s involvement in immigration.

 
 

Mollie Clements

Chris Schlegel

Catherine Ur

David Lundquist

Ann Sweany

Steve Charnley

 

Miriam Downey

Ray Sweany

April Martin

Beth Mitchell

Jimoh Bibilomo

 

Amy Meidema

Albert Gasake

Janet Jones

Sharat Kamath

Adeline Mushikiwabo

 
 

Traverse City Advisory Council

The Advisory Council provides local input and insights based on each member’s involvement in immigration.

 
 

Adam Satchwell

Becky Beauchamp

Connie Coulter

Ellen Gribbell

 

Jose Lopez

Dave Maxson

Lou Ann McKimmy

Dianne Morrison

 

Gerald Schatz

Cindy Schnetzler

Hannah Sweeny

Lizzie Stelzer

Shari Stelzer