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

Real Estate Asset Manager

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.


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.

Amber Salazar

Program Manager, Crisis Respite Center

Amber Salazar, LMFT has worked in the health and human services field in numerous capacities providing medical and behavioral health services to some of the most medically and psychiatrically vulnerable and underserved populations in Arizona and California since 2002. Amber has extensive experience in program development and leadership in a number of challenging environments including homeless shelters, hospital emergency departments, federally qualified health centers (FQHC), as well as, Housing First model programs providing integrated medical and behavioral health care, intensive case management services, therapy, and training. Amber has her Master’s Degree in Counseling, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is actively pursuing her doctorate degree in behavioral health from Arizona State University. Amber also has extensive experience working with individuals who are frequent utilizers of hospital emergency department systems as well as working closely with the homeless populations. Amber is a board member of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness (SRCEH) and First Step Communities. Amber is passionate and committed to helping others on their journey to creating a life worth living.

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.

Jevon Wilkes

External Affairs Coordinator
"I believe that my purpose in life is to be of service to others and I am excited to do this with TLCS.” Jevon Wilkes is the External Affairs Coordinator for TLCS. He graduated from California State University Channel Islands with a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in business and nonprofit. For the last nine years, Jevon has served as a board member for the California Coalition for Youth. Before joining TLCS, Jevon was the Director of Communications for a non-profit focusing on at risk youth called Echoes of Hope in Los Angeles, CA. This experience prepared him well for his new journey in Sacramento and is excited to become a part of his new home community.