About the Board

Mission

The Southern California Association of Service Coordinators (So Cal AASC) is an organization representing Service Coordinators, social workers, and others who have made a commitment to assist low income families, senior citizens and the disabled to maintain their dignity and obtain the highest level of services available to them within the community.

Vision

The vision of So Cal AASC is to provide a professional organization that will encourage and support Service Coordinators in their mission of serving low income families, elderly, and disabled in the community. This will be achieved by providing each member with the opportunity to network, encouraging them to share knowledge and resources to ensure mutual success, and to provide educational opportunities. Inherent in our vision is maintaining a high level of commitment to the professionalism of the organization and respect for the dignity of our residents.

Current Board

President

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Katalina Bohse

Katalina Bohse (Kat), was raised in Huntington Park, CA and now lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband Christopher Bohse. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Deviance and Social Control. She later got her Professional Service Coordinator Certificate from Ohio State University and then her Effective Grant Proposal Writing Certificate from University of Notre Dame. She is also a Service Excellence Committee Member and Affordable Senior Housing Cabinet Member for LeadingAge California. Kat currently works as a Resident Service Coordinator and Live-In Responder for Rosewood Court, a Human Good Community. She is extremely passionate of the work that she does and her goal is to connect the residents of Rosewood Court with needed services that will enhance their quality of life.

Vice President

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Member at Large

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Treasurer

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Secretary

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Information Specialist

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Board Operations

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Mayra Najera

Mayra Najera serves as a Resident Service Coordinator for Covia, a Front Porch Partner. Mayra has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and is working on obtaining her Master’s Degree in Family and Human Development. Mayra has worked with children, families, and adults for the past 10 years and truly enjoys the work she does. Mayra has a passion for helping others and provides support for communities and individuals. She strives to empower others and build strong connections through support and positive change. Mayra is a strong advocate for social change and is committed to assisting communities with obtaining a positive quality of life.

Karina Barragán

Karina Barragán is the Director of Resident Services Programs for TELACU Residential Management, Inc. As the Director of the program, she has become a strong advocate for seniors and continually strives to support her colleagues and community. Karina holds an M.A. in Education from Azusa Pacific University and a Professional Service Coordinator Certificate from Ohio State University. She has utilized this background to bridge relationships with universities in surrounding communities, which has facilitated providing critical services to the aging population. Karina serves as President for the Southern California Chapter of AASC (American Association of Service Coordinators), LeadingAge California EMERGE Alumni, server on the LeadingAge California Services Excellence Committee, and was a facilitator for the MedCHAT Collaborative, a research program for the future of Medicare. Karina is committed to positive change and continues to notably influence the aging and underserved communities.

Diana Pro

Diana Pro is the Service Coordinator Manager and QA Director for Retirement Housing Foundation.  She oversees a staff of over 100 Social Service Coordinators throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Diana has been in the social service field for over 20 years.  She began her career 13 years ago with Retirement Housing Foundation, as a Social Service Coordinator working with older adults in affordable housing. She has benefited greatly from this Chapter for over ten years and now serves as the Treasurer. Being of service to others is what she does best.  When she is not working, you will find her volunteering her time at food pantries, visiting patients at skilled nursing facilities, spending time with her family, and taking long walks.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from California State University Fullerton and a Family Development Credential from the University of Connecticut.

Marvel Johnson

Marvel Johnson is a California Native who grew up in California’s Inland Empire region. Marvel believes in change and is passionate about empowering others. She has held several positions which has allowed her to uplift her community in many ways. Marvel serves as a Service Coordinator for CSI Support & Development where she provides support for different affordable senior living communities. As Secretary of the So-Cal AASC chapter board, she would like to inspire a culture of community that will allow future and current So-Cal AASC members to congregate to create change for themselves and for the marginalized individuals that they support.

Yoselinda Linares

Yoselinda Linares has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and seventeen years of experience in the Nonprofit sector. She currently holds the position of Resident Services Supervisor for TELACU Residential Management, Inc., where she has been for five years. Yoselinda holds a Professional Service Coordinator Certificate from Ohio State University and is working on obtaining her Masters in Psychology from Walden University. Yoselinda is also certified as a Diabetes Empowerment Education Program Facilitator, Support Group Facilitator in Alzheimer's and other Dementias. Yoselinda is committed to providing support and bringing awareness and positive change to the communities she serves. 

Jo Stephanie Francisco

Jo Stephanie Francisco is the Resident Services & Quality Assurance Consultant for The Salvation Army, Silvercrest Management covering the 13 states Western Territory.  She has 20 years of experience as a Resident Service Coordinator Supervisor and QA Coordinator in senior housing as well as six years as a Manager in senior HUD housing.  Jo Stephanie is currently the Member at Large of the Southern California Chapter of AASC and has served on the client advisory board for AASC online.  She began her career teaching developmentally disabled adults in San Diego County. Jo Stephanie went to San Diego State University for a Bachelors in Liberal Studies, California State Fullerton for a Professional Certificate in Gerontology, and California State Long Beach for a Masters in Gerontology.  She enjoys working with seniors and their families and is a strong advocate for the Service Coordinator program.