About the Board

President

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Vice President

Member at Large

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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.

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.

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 on-line.  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. 

Treasurer

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Secretary

Information Specialist

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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.

Meka Brown

Meka Brown is the Resident Services Coordinator for Abode Communities covering multiple senior sites. She has been in the human services field for over twenty years, where twelve of those years are experiences working with older adults in affordable housing as a Resident Services Coordinator and formerly a Project Administrator for multiple sites. Concurrently, she is an Adjunct Professor of five years, teaching Human Services undergraduate courses at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Meka earned her B.A. in sociology with a minor in psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and an M.A. in Human Services Counseling with a specialization in Gerontology from Liberty University, and an M.S. in Psychology from Capella University, and holds various professional certifications. Meka serves in various organizations as a participant of the West San Gabriel Valley Elder Abuse Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors for Champions of Caring Connections, a non-profit organization providing service delivery to homeless, foster youth and families and serves in multiple executive offices for the National Association of University Women. Meka is committed to being a service to others to bring about positive change in the lives of others..

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 Senior Lead Resident Services Coordinator 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 as well as Mental Health First Aid. Yoselinda is committed to providing support and bringing awareness and positive change to the communities she serves.