Leadership Team

Erin Johansen

Executive Director

Erin was named TLCS Executive Director in 2016. Erin spent over 25 years in the food business as a sales and marketing professional.  In 2008 she co-founded and served as Executive Director for a non-profit substance abuse treatment program for teens in Placer County.  After successfully merging that program into a larger non-profit, Erin found her niche in the non -profit world.  Serving as the first Development Director for TLCS beginning in 2013 was an incredibly rewarding and energizing experience. She looks forward to building the resources to offer expanded services to enhance the lives of the people we serve.  Erin holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from San Jose State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from San Diego State University.

Desiree Payton, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Desiree has been with TLCS since 2015.  She graduated from Sacramento State University Cum Laude, with a BA in Business with a concentration in accounting.  Desiree has worked in the accounting industry for 12 years and has been a CPA since 2012.  Her passion for nonprofit accounting began in 2008 working for a regional CPA firm where she audited many nonprofit organizations.  TLCS was one of her first clients who she had the pleasure of auditing for the next 7 years.  TLCS stood out from all the other nonprofit organizations due to the great team atmosphere and strong mission and vision.  Desiree looks forward to continuing the financial stability and growth to help meet the needs of the individuals we serve.

Karen Brockopp, LCSW

Director of Program Services

Karen has provided administrative oversight, support and  leadership for TLCS programs since 1988.  In that time she has created and overseen many different housing and case management programs and has been actively involved in the community to ensure quality services for adults with a psychiatric disability.  She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois and a Master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento.  She is also a highly regarded trainer in Motivational Interviewing. Her guiding belief and principle is that when the individuals we serve are treated with dignity and respect amazing life changes will happen. It is also critical to provide staff with a supportive and positive environment to further ensure quality services.

Paul Powell

Director for Special Projects

Paul Powell has worked in the field of Mental Health and Rehabilitation for thirty-five years. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a post-graduate degree in counselor education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Paul maintains his credential as a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.).  Paul has worked in several leadership roles on staff at TLCS since coming on board with the Agency in 1985, which included serving as the Associate Director for Administrative Services and Associate Director for Property Development and Operations and currently serves as Director for Special projects.  Paul has also served in leadership roles with the Sacramento County Association of Mental Health Contractors.  Paul was recognized as the 2003 Mental Health Worker of the Year.

Cathy Strader

Director of Property Management and Facilities

Cathy oversees all TLCS real estate matters related to property management, property development and regulatory compliances.  In addition, she is responsible for implementing management strategies for TLCS’s property management operation, interfacing continuously with supportive services staff with regard to tenant relationships, property performance, operating standards and property management staffing. Cathy has nearly twenty five years experience in property management and has worked extensively with a wide range of affordable housing programs including most HUD programs, Section 42 (tax credit), Rural Development, as well as income/rent restricted programs. Prior to her employment with TLCS, Cathy was the Northern CA Regional Property Manager for AIMCO Properties, L.P., a real estate investment trust (REIT) for 11 years.

Marlyn Sepulveda, LCSW

Program Director-TCORE

Marlyn Sepulveda, LCSW, has been with TLCS since 2001 and is the Program Director of TCORE.  Under her supervision, this program is now the first specialty mental health program to integrate primary health care into the existing behavioral health services in Sacramento County; serving consumers with co-morbid physical, mental health and substance abuse diagnosis’.  In addition, Marlyn also provides oversight accountability for services offered to the Single Room Occupancy hotels in Downtown Sacramento.  Marlyn holds a BA in Social Work, from California State University, where she graduated cum laude.  She earned a Masters of Social Work degree from California State University Sacramento in 2006. She has served on the board of Consumer Self-Help and has been an active mental health community volunteer.  Marlyn’s approach to interventions and program management operate from a strengths-based perspective. Her personal  mission is to design and build programs that reduce barriers to care and provide successful recovery-based services for consumers in Sacramento County.

Latika Alqarwani, MFT

Program Director

Latika has been with TLCS for nine years and in the mental health profession for over sixteen years. In her role as a Program Director, Latika oversees and is involved in the clinical care of client, including psychiatric services, rehabilitative services and individual therapy.  In addition to providing leadership services, Latika also provides individual and family therapy at TLCS and in her private practice. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, families as well as working with dually diagnosed. Latika earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from National University and a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from CSUS.  In her work, Latika believes in building on strength and starting where the individual is.


Cassaundra Cochron MFTI

Program Director, TNP

Cassaundra Cochron, MFTI has been working in the field of mental health for 8 years, and has been a member of the TLCS family since 2015. As Program Director, Cassaundra is responsible for the complete oversight and day-to-day operations of the Triage Navigator Program. The overall goals of the program are to improve client’s experience in achieving wellness and recovery, provide timely access to needed services, and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, inpatient days and recidivism, and mitigate unnecessary expenditures of law enforcement. Cassaundra also oversees the Mobile Crisis Support Team that provides peer support to individual’s in the community who have directly interfaced with law enforcement, and are in need of crisis intervention. Cassaundra also provides individual therapy to TLCS clients. Cassaundra graduated in 2010 from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and a minor in Business Management. She then earned her a MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marital Family Therapy in 2013 from the University of San Francisco.  Cassaundra’s personal goal is to direct a program that advocates for consumers and consumer services while leading a team that is strength based and client centered.

Linda Bratcher

Residential Programs Coordinator

Linda has been in the human services field since 1995 and an employee of TLCS since 2002.  She has spent many of those years providing management support to our staff as well as providing direct services to the individuals we serve.  She currently provides oversight to the TLCS residential programs ensuring all clients have culturally competent services and safe place to call home. She also oversees the TLCS Hope Line, which is a non-emergency call line staffed by mental health consumers.  Linda founded the TLCS Consumer Volunteer Team which volunteers time in the Sacramento non-profit community. She is also a certified Pro-Act trainer. Linda believes in Social Justice and that it is it is imperative that all consumers are treated with compassion and true acceptance so that they can find hope and meaning in their lives.

Toni Hunt, AMFT

Program Manager, CRC

Toni Hunt, AMFT has been with TLCS since 2014 and working in the mental health field since 2002. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy, and is actively pursuing her doctorate in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. She is also a certified Narrative Therapist. Her passions include cultural humility training and working with marginalized and underserved populations. Toni has done much of her work with the LGBT and homeless communities, transition age youth, and individuals in crisis. Toni believes strongly in the person-centered approach her motto is, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Kim Gilbert

Office Manager - Benefits Administrator & Notary Public

Kim serves as our Office Manager specializing in Benefits Administration. She has been in the human resources field since 2001 and an employee of TLCS since 2007. Her passion is to be of service to others, and although Kim doesn’t work directly with the clients, she believes the staff work very hard to give our clients quality of life, so she is here to help the staff.