Meet Our Team
John Leedock, MBA
Executive Director & Immigration Specialist
For the past ten years John Leedock has worked in the fields of immigration advocacy, corporate immigration compliance and international education in Chicago, IL and Harrisburg, PA.
Currently John serves as the Executive Director of Compass Immigration Legal Services. In this capacity he manages the daily operations of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic that serves low income clients. He provides legal services to clients and specializes in family reunification and humanitarian immigration law.
John has presented to state and national associations in the United States on topics related to international student and scholar acculturation, immigration compliance for universities and religious organizations, and international education. Additionally he has given lectures at Universities in China and Taiwan regarding the intersection of immigration policy and institutional competitiveness. He currently resides in Harrisburg Pennsylvania with his wife and adopted puppies Moosey and Max.
Christina Szoke-Luo, Esq.
Senior Immigration Attorney
Christina is an immigration attorney specializing in asylum and other types of humanitarian immigration law. Christina's undergraduate and graduate degrees are in history and political science, with concentrations in Russia/Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In law school, she focused on international law and legislative drafting.
Christina also has experience in development and in teaching history and geography in elementary and middle school and at the collegiate level. Since interning at the
United Nations, if not before, Christina has been an advocate for the rights of women and children -- especially those who are immigrants or refugees -- and has spent considerable time studying the effects of immigration on women throughout history. She hopes to be able to use her background in law, history, and development to support Compass’ mission.
Lita Godoy, Esq.
Having practiced law for more than 20 years, Ms. Godoy brings extensive knowledge and experience to meet each of her client’s needs. Ms. Godoy began her legal career at Howrey & Simon in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Intellectual Property group. She continued her career at Gammon & Grange, P.C. in Northern Virginia before branching out on her own in 2003.
Married to an immigrant herself, she understands from personal experience the perspective of the family members
of her immigration clients. In addition, having lived abroad in Spain and traveled extensively in Europe,
she understands the cultural differences and adjustments that many of her immigration clients face. Serving with compassion and experience Ms. Godoy guides her clients and their families through what can at times seem like a maze of immigration laws.
Susan Ray Kempski, Esq.
Susan is honored to help CILS in its mission to provide comprehensive immigration legal services to its clients. Her education and experience are in the fields of both law and education. In addition to her work with CILS, she serves as an educator and assistant director for a private, independent school in Harrisburg.
She began her legal career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where she advised and represented the retirement systems (PSERS, SERS, and PMRS) at the administrative and appellate levels in the areas of pension
benefits, investment, contract and employment-related issues. She has had the privilege of representing clients before the PA Commonwealth Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, PHRC, and the EEOC, as well as various administrative boards. She looks forward to bringing her advocacy skills and experience to the practice of immigration law.
She earned a B.A. (English) and an M.Ed. (Curriculum, Instruction, Technology in Education) from Temple University. She graduated from Delaware Law School where she earned a J.D. and served as a Note and Comment editor for the law review. She is admitted to the bars of PA and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA.
Susan’s volunteer service has included: ESL tutor; YWCA Winter Shelter hostess; Wonder’s Found Thrift Shop cashier; and religious education teacher. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with family. She is married and has three children.
Retired Attorney and College Professor
Immigration Law Training and Citizenship Education
Richard Morrison holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. After 7 years of private practice, he taught at the private college level for much of the next 20 years and served as general counsel to his institution from 1989 through 2008. As such he had primary responsibility for overseeing compliance and risk management, as well as advising senior administration and faculty on all legal issues affecting the college.
Since retirement, he has worked as a consultant for several colleges, spent 4 years as legal advisor to a Christian ministry to Chinese graduate students and scholars studying on U.S. university campuses, and volunteered with Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services. He and his wife especially enjoy spending time with their 4 sons and 11 grandchildren.
Ashley Ryu, Esq.
Ashley received a Bachelor of law (LLB) from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea and graduated from Penn State Dickinson Law with a Master’s of Law (LL.M.). Prior to attending law school in the US, Ashley worked for an English academy in South Korea as an administration manager with English teachers from diverse countries.
During law school, Ashley served as an LLM representative in the Student Bar Association and worked as a research assistant for a Judge in the International Criminal Court in Hague, Netherlands.
Born and raised in South Korea, as a foreigner in the US, Ashley has experienced many of the challenge’s immigrants face in the US. These experiences led her to pursue an immigration-related passion. Ashley thinks her own experience will help better understand the situation of
clients. Ashley is married and has a daughter and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Danielle graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Criminal Justice and minor in Sociology. She has been interested in Immigration Law for as long as I she remember, being the daughter of two immigrants who came to the United States in their early 20's. They have since become U.S Citizens and have had three children.
Danielle plans to attend Law School and specialize in Immigration Law.
As an immigrant herself, born in Mexico but growing up in the U.S., Yatciri decided she wanted to be able to share her knowledge and experiences while helping others in the process. She took the first step by becoming a member of CASA and became involved in demanding justice and defending the immigrant community.
She is currently enrolled at Harrisburg Area Community College in the Paralegal Studies field. Yatciri enjoys going hiking, swimming and kicking back with friends and family at cookouts.
Marcela Ruiz grew up in Colombia and immigrated to the United States several years ago. Marcela is an accomplished professional in Colombia and the United States and currently serves as the Senior Administrative Director and Director of Notary Services. In this capacity she manages a team of support staff and coordinates with attorneys to ensure all clients have a wonderful experience.
Outside of the office Marcela enjoys cooking, spending time with her family