Meet Our Center Staff

ELAC Team
From L to R: Beth Cossin, Carolyn O’Connor, Loredana Cooper (NOT PICTURED: Joshua Cossin)

Carolyn O’Connor | Immigration Legal Specialist (DOJ Accredited)

Carolyn obtained her accreditation to practice immigration law from the Department of Justice in 2016 after obtaining over 100+ hours of training, observations and hands-on experience. She also holds a B.S. in Human Resources (Davenport University) and an M.A. in Ministerial Leadership (Indiana Wesleyan University) and has worked in a variety of industries during her 20+ year career, including local government, not-for-profits and churches. Carolyn’s passion for immigration came about while working for a church in Michigan when she was faced with the challenges and realities of the immigration system and how it was impacting those seeking to find a better life in the United States. Since the opening of Esperanza Legal Assistance Center in January 2017, she has advised over 400+ clients and manages the day-to-day operations of the center. Carolyn has proven she is honest, straightforward and compassionate to the individuals and families who come through the doors of the legal center each week.

Loredana Cooper | Intake Specialist

Loredana joined the Esperanza Legal Assistance Center team in 2018 and serves as our intake specialist, supporting our immigration legal specialist, scheduling client appointments and managing our volunteer team. She also works with Blackhawk College as the ESL/Transition Specialist and runs the Mentor/Mentee Program for the college. Loredana is married to William and is the proud mother of two children, and is originally from Peru.

Beth Cossin | Site Director/Community Liaison

Beth Cossin is the Site Director for Esperanza Legal Assistance Center, responsible for organizational oversight as well as managing partnerships and collaborations between the Legal Assistance Center and other organizations/nonprofits in the community. Beth served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Military Intelligence Corps, and as a pastor at Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church. She is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and previously served the Coordinator for the Wesleyan Justice Network. Beth has a deep commitment to pursue God’s heart for justice and is passionate about seeing the church embody Christ by bringing Biblical justice to our world. She is married to Rev. Shawn Cossin, lead pastor at Heritage Wesleyan Church and is the proud mother of two teenagers, Joshua and Daniel.

Joshua Cossin | Immigration Legal Specialist (DOJ Accredited) – Bio coming soon