Leadership Team

Erin Johansen


Erin became the CEO of Hope Cooperative in 2016 after serving as the agency's first Development Director for a period of three years. Prior to leading Hope Cooperative, 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 Hope Cooperative 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.

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.

Marlyn Sepulveda, LCSW

Director of Operations

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.


Jody Dahms

External Affairs Director

Jody Dahms is a fundraiser and marketing strategist who works with nonprofits to build their capacity to serve the Sacramento community. She brings more than 23 years of diverse experience to the role, having served as director of sales in the financial sector for ten years before coming home to Northern California and finding her niche in the nonprofit sector. Jody has been deeply involved in Sacramento’s nonprofit community for the past thirteen years, volunteering and working with a variety of organizations. She has had the pleasure of working for the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Make-A-Wish Northeastern CA Northern NV, and the Crocker Art Museum, focusing on corporate and foundation relations, grant writing, fund development, volunteer management, and event management. In her role at Hope Cooperative, she oversees all aspects of marketing and philanthropic engagement among key community stakeholders, external partners, and individual and corporate donors to support the mission and long-term fiscal health of the agency. 

Jody is a member of the California Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, alumna of the Metro Chamber's Leadership Sacramento program, and is pursuing CFRE certification in 2019. As a Sacramento super-fan, Jody is passionate about making the region a better place to live, work, and play. CONTACT JODY: jdahms@tlcssac.org (916) 441-0123 ext. 1022

Kim Gilbert

Administrative Director

Kim has worked at Hope Cooperative (formerly TLCS) for more than twelve years. Kim has been in the human resources field since 2001, specializing in Benefits Administration. Kim and her team are tasked with coordinating daily operational, human resources, and payroll functions, streamlining systems, improving business efficiency, and implementing the agency's health and wellness activities. Kim is also Hope Cooperative's resident Notary Public.

Kim's passion is to be of service to others, and although she doesn’t work directly with the clients, she loves supporting the staff who work hard to improve our clients' quality of life.