Board of Directors

Pablo Cervantes, President, Lincoln Public Schools

Thomas Lintel, Treasurer, CPA, Lintel Financial Services, Inc.

Jodi Garrelts, Secretary, Lawyer, Brown Immigration Law, PC, LLO

David Kaseman, Member, Woods Bros Realty

Laurie Lage, Member, Legal Counsel, Nebraska State Legislature

CLIA Staff

Meet Max Graves - Mr. Graves, seeing the need for legal services for immigrants, started CLIA in July 2001. At that time, CLIA was the only non-profit west of Omaha assisting immigrants by providing legal services. Graves is accredited by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a Legal Representative, and serves as the Executive Director.

Meet Tim Greenwood, J.D. - Mr. Greenwood is a registered attorney with the Iowa State Bar and has been working with CLIA since November 2016. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Creighton University and a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. The majority of his work with CLIA is completing U Visas for victims of domestic violence through the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. Greenwood hopes to be involved in comprehensive immigration reform in the future. 

Meet Mary Choate, J.D. - Ms. Choate is an attorney registered with the New York State Bar and has been working with CLIA since May 2017. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Since Choate began her work with CLIA, she has worked with the Yazidis at their cultural center here in Lincoln, NE, doing naturalization, adjustment of status, asylum, and various other immigration paperwork. She has also devoted some of her time working with domestic violence victims doing U Visas. In the future, she hopes to do even more for the immigrant community in Lincoln, NE.

Meet Meghan Sonenberg, J.D. - A lifelong Lincoln resident, Ms. Sonenberg received her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010 and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2013. She is an attorney registered with the Nebraska State Bar and previously, worked in mass tort litigation and agriculture law. In October 2018, Sonenberg joined CLIA as part of the new UPLIFT project to assist people with targeted legal problems in the areas of housing, income/benefits, and debt problems.

Meet Jonathan Rubio - Mr. Rubio graduated from UNL, where he held leadership positions in multicultural student organizations, in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. Rubio serves as CLIA’s Administrative Assistant, USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Manager, Paralegal, and Notary Public. He is pursuing his DOJ Accreditation as a Legal Representative.

Meet Fritz Hudson, J.D. - Mr. Hudson is a volunteer staff attorney registered with the Nebraska State Bar who has worked with CLIA since October 2017. 

Meet Francisca Peterson, LMHP - Ms. Peterson is a native Spanish speaker who has served as a bilingual Receptionist and Translator/Interpreter since 2013.

Meet Allison Starr - Ms. Starr graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2015 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and Anthropology/Sociology. She lived in Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico for 15 months where she became fluent in Spanish. Starr serves a grant researcher/writer and support staff. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and hopes to become DOJ accredited.

Meet Veronica Fleharty - Ms. Fleharty is a native Spanish speaker who serves as a bilingual Receptionist and Translator/Interpreter.