Leadership Team

Erin Johansen

CEO


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.

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.

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.

 

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 (Newport Group, Dallas) 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 ensure lasting funding and the 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

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.

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.