OCRA Staff Links

OCRA Staff Links

ALTA CALIFORNIA REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 504-5958
EFax: (916) 504-5821
Supervised by Brittnee Gillespie

Kelsey Handcock - CRA
Kelsey.Handcock@disabilityrightsca.org
Kelsey Handcock is the Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Alta California Regional Center clients and their families.

Clara Torres – Assistant CRA
Clara.Torres@disabilityrightsca.org
Clara Torres is an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Alta California Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Clara believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates.  During her time with OCRA, Clara has assisted hundreds of clients to obtain necessary services and supports.

Clara holds a B.A. in sociology from California State University Sacramento.

 

CENTRAL VALLEY REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
567 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite C-3
Fresno, CA  93704
Phone: (559) 271-6736
Fax: (559) 271-6606
Supervised by Brittnee Gillespie

Maitria Moua - CRA
Maitria.Moua@disabilityrightsca.org

Maitria Moua is a Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Central Valley Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities and their access to necessary services. During her time with OCRA, Maitria has particularly enjoyed the opportunities to train clients, their families, and staff on various topics from Clients’ Rights to Early Start and Lanterman Eligibility. Maitria finds most rewarding the chance to witness clients develop strong self-advocacy skills and empower their peers to do the same.

Maitria previously worked for a legal non-profit organization in the health unit. Maitria holds a J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, Maitria enjoys watching re-runs of “The Office” and playing board games with family.

Brenda Sanchez – Assistant CRA
Brenda.Sanchez@disabilityrightsca.org

Brenda Sanchez is an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Central Valley Regional Center consumers and their families to provide support and knowledge.  Brenda believes that the work that OCRA does is important to help families and clients become the best self-advocates that they can be.  Brenda has worked for OCRA since February 2020, has learned a great amount, and has assisted many clients. She is excited to learn more and help many more clients in the future.

 

EASTERN LOS ANGELES REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
1000 S. Fremont Avenue (P.O. Box 7916)
Alhambra, CA 91802
NOTE: All items that are not mail should be directed to the ELARC reception area, 2nd floor at Bldg. A2 Room #3232 and not OCRA’s office.
(Samantha – Suite # 3233/CRA – Suite #3235)
Phone: (626) 576-4437/(626) 576-4407
EFax: (626) 576-4276
Supervised by Tim Poe

Alexander Scarlis – CRA
Alexander.Scarlis@disabilityrightsca.org

Alex is a Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities.  Alex believes OCRA’s work is crucial to ensuring people with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible.  Prior to working for OCRA, Alex represented people with disabilities in negotiations and appeals against state vocational rehabilitation agencies as an advocate in the Massachusetts Office on Disability.

Alex double-majored in Journalism and Political Science at Northwestern University and holds a Master of Public Policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Samantha Avalos – Assistant CRA
Samantha.Avalos@disabilityrightsca.org

Samantha Avalos is an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center clients and their families.

 

FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
1280 East 9th Street, Unit E
Chico, CA  95928
Phone: (530) 345-4113
Fax: (530) 345-4285
Supervised by Nancy McGee

Kimberlee Candela - CRA
Kimberlee.Candela@disabilityrightsca.org

Kimberlee so enjoys working with clients of Far Northern Regional Center and their families! Kimberlee joined the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy in 2013, bringing both legal and personal experience to the job.    

Legal experience: Kimberlee has been a lawyer since 1985. She clerked at the California Supreme Court and then worked as a public defender in Alameda County’s criminal courts. When Kimberlee moved to the Far Northern Regional Center area, she taught classes at a law school and Chico State and helped supervise a student-run legal clinic before joining OCRA.

Personal experience: Kimberlee shares that she is a person with a disability – she has a mobility disability and uses forearm crutches or a walker to walk. One of her siblings has a developmental disability and is served by a regional center.

Kimberlee is honored to amplify and empower client voices and choices, and to advocate with and for clients. Kimberlee declares that she is profoundly grateful for this work and all of OCRA’s community partners. She exclaims, “I am a very fortunate lawyer: I truly look forward to coming to work every day!”

Lorie Atamian - Associate CRA
Lorie.Atamian@disabilityrightsca.org

Lorie Atamian joined OCRA in 2001.  She grew up in Michigan and moved to California to attend college. She received a B.A. degree in Psychology and a Paralegal Certificate from California State University, Chico. Lorie has also made time for volunteer work. She volunteered her time as a facilitator and counselor at a crisis center. Lorie served as board chair at Rape Crisis Intervention and volunteered her paralegal services at the Community Legal Information Center and at Pro Per Advocates. Before coming to OCRA, she worked as the housing and senior advocate at Legal Services of Northern California.

 

GOLDEN GATE REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
825 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 499-9724
EFax: (415) 499-9728
Supervised by Brittnee Gillespie

Alejandro “Alex” Gastelum – CRA
Alejandro.Gastelum@disabilityrightsca.org

Alex Gastelum is the Attorney and Clients’ Rights Advocate for the Golden Gate Regional Center. Prior to this position, he was a Floating Clients’ Rights Advocate in Southern California. He assisted regional center consumers from Inland Regional Center, Lanterman Regional Center, Westside Regional Center and Valley Mountain Regional Center. Alex obtained a J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Lourdes Carreno – Assistant CRA
Lourdes.Carreno@disabilityrightsca.org

Lourdes Carreno is an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate and works with Golden Gate Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Lourdes believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients to protect their rights and become successful self-advocates. Lourdes joined OCRA in early 2020, and has assisted many clients to obtain information and necessary services, and to achieve their goals.

Lourdes holds a J.D. from the University of Los Andes in Venezuela, where she practiced law for over ten years and provided legal services in the area of Family Law.

 

HARBOR REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
17215 Studebaker Road, Suite 195
Cerritos, CA 90703
Phone: (562) 623-9911
Fax: (562) 623-9929
Supervised by Tim Poe

Johnanthony Alaimo – CRA
Johnanthony.Alaimo@disabilityrightsca.org

Johnanthony Alaimo is the Clients' Rights Advocate for Harbor Regional Center clients. He provides advocacy and support for regional center clients, as well as advocacy services for people with developmental disabilities in institutional or restrictive settings. Johnanthony was inspired to serve the public, particularly people with disabilities, after he became a caretaker for his disabled mother when he was 14 years old. He recognizes the privilege of education and wants to ensure that his schooling is used to the benefit of the public, especially those in vulnerable communities who face injustice.

Immediately after law school, Johnanthony worked as a staff attorney for a legal non-profit organization providing direct legal services for low-income and homeless veterans, often with combat-related disabilities. Johnanthony advocated for his clients' public benefits, housing, and other rights. He holds a J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, a B.A. in Political Science from The College of New Jersey, and is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Vanessa Juarez - Assistant CRA
Vanessa.Juarez@disabilityrightsca.org

Vanessa is the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate for the office assisting Harbor Regional Center consumers. She has worked with OCRA for the last three years, and she graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a B.A. in Urban Studies. She grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, and Los Angeles.

She enjoys connecting clients to appropriate resources and advising them on various topics, including regional center services, special education, and public benefits. She is very close to her uncle, who has Down syndrome, and she learns something new from him every day. She enjoys providing self-advocacy tips to clients who then empower themselves to have their needs met. She likes to bring the things she learns from this training back to her family to share with others.

 

INLAND REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
3602 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite C-150
Ontario, CA 91764
Phone: (909) 383-1133
Fax: (909) 383-1113
Supervised by Tim Poe

Jennifer Alfaro – CRA
Jennifer.Alfaro@disabilityrightsca.org
 

Jennifer is a Clients’ Rights Advocate with OCRA. She became the Inland Regional Center advocate after five years with the Community Integration Team. Since 2014, she has protected the legal, civil, and service rights of people with developmental disabilities. She works effectively with clients and teams to secure legally entitled multidisciplinary services and supports so clients can be successful in the community and leave restrictive settings. She attends hearings, represents at meetings, conducts trainings, and assists regional center clients, advocates, attorneys, and coworkers. She is the recipient of Disability Rights California’s 2015 Advocacy Achievement Award.

Jennifer was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2013. She earned her J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and her B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She attained experience at Public Counsel, Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Children’s Law Center. She was also a research assistant and certified law student for Loyola Law School’s Youth Justice Education Clinic. Jennifer loves to travel, enjoys trying new restaurants, and spending time with family.

Bianca Rosales – Assistant CRA
Bianca.Rosales@disabilityrightsca.org

Bianca is an Assistant Client Rights Advocate who works with the Inland Regional Center Office to assist consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. She believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates.

Bianca has a passion for helping. She has been an active community member, hosting a yearly essential supplies drive for the homeless and a toy drive for homeless children. Bianca believes there is no limit to helping clients and their families and with her passion she can assist clients develop their own self-advocacy skills.

Bianca enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and gardening. She especially enjoys exploring new hiking trails. Bianca loves road trips and traveling.

 

KERN REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
2104 24th Street, Suite 4
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: (661) 208-4847
EFax: (661) 208-4848
Supervised by Kendra Wagner

Mario Espinoza - CRA
Mario.Espinoza@disabilityrightsca.org

Mario Espinoza has worked at OCRA since 2008.  As the Clients’ Rights Advocate who serves Kern County Regional Center consumers and their families, Mario advocates for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities.  He advises clients on a variety of matters, including eligibility for regional center services, In-Home Supportive Services, Social Security Benefits, and Special Education.  Mario believes that empowering our local community of regional center consumers with the knowledge and information they need to advocate for themselves gives them and their loved ones a powerful voice that can help them secure the supports and services they need to be safe, independent and productive members of our global society.

Mario previously worked for a legal non-profit organization providing legal services in the areas of public benefits and housing.  He earned a J.D. from the San Joaquin College of Law and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from California State University Bakersfield.  Mario enjoys traveling, riding his bicycle, playing basketball, and going skydiving every now and again.

Yasmine Ramos – Assistant CRA
Yasmine.Ramos@disabilityrightsca.org

As an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate, Yasmine Ramos has been serving Kern Regional Center consumers and their families for over two years. Yasmine works directly with the Clients’ Rights Advocate to help advocate for people with developmental disabilities and provide trainings to educate them and their families of their rights. Her favorite part of her job is making a difference in people’s lives, no matter the size.

Yasmine previously worked for a local agency providing applied behavior analysis programs to children with autism and related disorders.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University of Bakersfield and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Family and Human Development.  Her hope is to continue to empower and uplift vulnerable populations, as she believes that everyone should have equal rights and opportunities. In her free time, Yasmine enjoys reading, sewing, and watching Studio Ghibli films with her daughter.

 

FRANK D. LANTERMAN REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
350 S. Bixel Street, Suite 290
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 213-8180
EFax (213) 213-8021
Supervised by Kendra Wagner

Roxanna Topete - CRA
Roxanna.Topete@disabilityrightsca.org

Roxy Topete is the Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Frank D. Lanterman consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Roxy is a first generation Mexican American and is the first in her family to graduate from college and law school.  Roxy’s mother, a special education para-educator, inspired her to take an interest in disability rights after learning how little some Latina/o parents knew of their child’s rights.  Roxy’s work with OCRA involves advocating and training clients regarding their rights to Social Security, In-Home Supportive Services, Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and Regional Center services.

Roxy was previously an intern for the Special Education Law Clinic at Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center. Roxy is also a graduate from the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities training program through the University of Southern California University Centers in Excellence for Developmental Disabilities as their first J.D. post doctorate recipient.  She holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California and B.A.s in Spanish and Comparative Literature with a minor in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Roxy loves her family, friends, horror films, plants, and podcasts.

Ada Hamer - Associate CRA
Ada.Hamer@disabilityrightsca.org

Ada Hamer is an Associate Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center consumer and their families.  She has worked with the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy for almost 20 years, advocating for the rights of regional center consumers in the areas of Regional Center, In-Home Supportive Services, Social Security, and Special Education. Ada participates in outreach focusing on the rights and services of regional center consumers. She has developed a unique relationship with the monolingual Spanish community based on the trust she has cultivated over many years. Ada enjoys connecting with families.

 

NORTH BAY REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
2421 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 200D
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (707) 224-2798
Fax: (707) 255-1567
Supervised by Katie Meyer

Yulahlia Hernandez – CRA
Yulahlia.Hernandez@disabilityrightsca.org

Yulahlia Hernandez has been the Clients' Rights Advocate for North Bay Regional Center consumers for over fifteen years. Yulahlia advocates for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. She advises clients on a variety of matters including eligibility for public benefits, regional center services, and special education. Yulahlia particularly enjoys providing training to Spanish-speaking consumers and their families, and enjoys working with consumers on their self-advocacy skills.

Yulahlia previously interned at Bay Area Legal Aid focusing on Social Security appeals and advocacy workshops for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence. Yulahlia also interned at the Northern California Innocence Project. She holds a J.D. and Public Interest Certificate from Santa Clara University School of Law and a B.A. in Latin American history from San Jose State University.

Annie Breuer - Assistant CRA
Annie.Breuer@disabilityrightsca.org

 

NORTH LOS ANGELES COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
350 S. Bixel Street, Suite 290
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 213-8118
EFax (213) 213-8021
Supervised by Kendra Wagner

Rachel Leach - CRA
Rachel.Leach@disabilityrightsca.org

Rachel Leach is the Clients’ Rights Advocate for North Los Angeles County Regional Center clients. While working toward her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, Rachel began to understand further what it meant to have her own voice, to make informed decisions, and to feel empowered. She wanted to ensure that all people had those same opportunities, which pushed her to learn how to become an effective advocate. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the George Washington University Law School. In law school, she participated in the Domestic Violence Project and interned with the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Prior to serving as a Clients’ Rights Advocate with OCRA, Rachel was a staff attorney at a non-profit and focused on protecting and advancing the civil rights of immigrant communities. As a Clients’ Rights Advocate, she will work to ensure that people with disabilities are receiving necessary protections through legal representation, technical advice, or wrap-around services.

Fatima Perez – Assistant CRA

Fatima Perez is the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with North Los Angeles County Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Fatima helps consumers and their families learn to advocate for themselves by coordinating trainings on different topics such as Special Education, In-Home Support Services, Social Security, and Regional Center services. Fatima also provides support, information, resources, and referrals. Fatima believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates.

Fatima has worked at OCRA for over two years and cultivated and managed relationships with the monolingual Spanish community. She has also assisted many clients obtain necessary services and supports and achieve their goals.

In her free time, Fatima enjoys spending time with her family and loved ones.

 

REDWOOD COAST REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
427 F Street, Suite 232
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 268-1388
EFax: (707) 268-0318    
Supervised by Katherine Mottarella

Clifford Black – CRA
Clifford.Black@disabilityrightsca.org

Clifford Black is the Clients’ Rights Advocate working with the Redwood Coast Regional Center to ensure people with developmental disabilities and their families have access to the resources and services they need to thrive on California’s North Coast. He also volunteers as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman at his local Area 1 Agency on Aging office. On any given weekend, you will find Cliff exploring the Redwood forests of Humboldt County, playing chess with friends, or frequenting local farmer’s markets in search of the freshest produce.

Clifford holds a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law as well as a B.A. in Political Science from California State University of Long Beach.

Mariana Nava - ACRA
Mariana.MolinaNava@disabilityrightsca.org

Mariana Molina Nava is the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Redwood Coast Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. 

 

REGIONAL CENTER OF THE EAST BAY

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
1330 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 267-1280
Fax: (510) 267-1281
Supervised by Katie Meyer

Arthur Lipscomb - CRA
Arthur.Lipscomb@disabilityrightsca.org

Arthur Lipscomb is committed to advocating for the rights of traditionally underserved and disadvantaged communities, with a particular interest in the educational rights of children. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He majored in Legal Studies with a minor in Education. While at Berkeley, he had the opportunity to work for two years at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office as a legal intern. He also devoted much of his time to outreach, tutoring, and youth mentoring so he could help and motivate young people to get a college education.

Arthur earned his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law. In law school, he worked as a legal extern for the Yolo County Office of Court Counsel and was an intern at Consumers Union. He also participated with the law school's Pro Bono program and volunteered his time at an Employment Law Clinic.

Arthur first began advocating for persons with disabilities while serving as a CAP Advocate for Legal Services of Northern California. After two years in that role, he moved to OCRA in 2003. He is honored to serve as the Clients' Rights Advocate for the Regional Center of the East Bay.

Celeste Palmer - Associate CRA
Celeste.Palmer@disabilityrightsca.org

Celeste Palmer has worked for OCRA for almost 20 years. As an Associate Clients’ Rights Advocate, she advocates for clients of the Regional Center of the East Bay. Celeste is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz with a major in Latin American Studies, and she obtained her teaching credential from San Jose State University. Celeste speaks Spanish and was a bilingual elementary school teacher prior to coming to OCRA. Celeste feels a strong connection to her clients and their families because she advocates for her own daughter, who has cerebral palsy. Her personal experiences fuel her dedication to obtaining the best possible outcomes for her clients.

 

REGIONAL CENTER OF ORANGE COUNTY

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
17291 Irvine Boulevard, Suite 465
Tustin, CA  92780
Phone: (714) 621-0563
Fax: (714) 621-0550
Supervised by Kendra Wagner

Jacqueline Miller – CRA
Jacqueline.Miller@disabilityrightsca.org

Jacqueline Miller is a Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Regional Center of Orange County persons served to advocate for the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Jacqueline knows that the more an individual is able to express their desires, and make choices about their life, the happier and more fulfilled is their life.

Jacqueline has worked at OCRA for over 14 years, and has assisted many clients with understanding their rights and getting the benefits and services necessary to live the most fulfilling and independent life.

Jacqueline holds a J.D. in law from Whittier Law School.

Maria Rojas – Assistant CRA
Maria.Rojas@disabilityrightsca.org

Maria Rojas is the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Regional Center of Orange County consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. 

 

SAN ANDREAS REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
6203 San Ignacio Avenue, Suite 110
San Jose, CA  95119
Phone: (408) 374-2470
Fax: (408) 374-2956
Supervised by Shannon Cogan

Cherri Alcantara – CRA
Cherri.Alcantara@disabilityrightsca.org

Cherri Alcantara has worked at OCRA for over three years. As the Clients’ Rights Advocate who serves San Andreas Regional Center consumers and their families, Cherri advocates for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Cherri has assisted clients and families to receive necessary services and supports from public agencies.  Cherri has also successfully represented clients to become eligible for regional center services.

Cherri holds a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley. Cherri enjoys going on hikes, bike rides, cross-stitching and spending time with her two dogs.

Vacant - Assistant CRA

 

SAN DIEGO REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
530 B Street, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239-7877
Fax: (619) 239-7838
Supervised by Katie Meyer

Tania Schloss – CRA
Tania.Schloss@disabilityrightsca.org

Tania Schloss’s advocacy for social justice is inspired by the needs of people with disabilities, closing the gap of income inequality, and providing access to legal representation to underserved communities. “What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?” - George Eliot.

Prior to joining Disability Rights California, Tania worked at a private firm where she represented diverse clientele in over 200 administrative law disability hearings in the California and Nevada region. Previously she partnered with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program where she assisted indigent clients pro bono with tax and subsidized housing matters. She has also drafted motions and contracts for class action litigation.

Tania graduated magna cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2016, where she achieved several CALI Excellence awards for earning the highest grade in Evidence, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and Legal Writing and Research.

Maria Salas – Assistant CRA
Maria.Salas@disabilityrightsca.org

Maria Salas is an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who assists in providing information, advice, and representation to consumers and families of San Diego and Imperial County. Maria takes pride in being able to provide advocacy, translation, and interpretation to Spanish-speaking families.

Maria believes that her position at OCRA has the potential to impact many clients with developmental disabilities in her community. Maria has over 10 years of administrative experience. Before OCRA, she worked at a non-profit mental health clinic where she supported staff in providing exceptional support to clients with mental health disabilities. In that role, Maria gained experience working directly with clients and managing cases, files, and projects.

In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

 

SAN GABRIEL/POMONA REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
750 N. Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite 214
Diamond Bar, CA  91765
Phone: (909) 595-4755
Fax: (909) 595-4855
Supervised by Tim Poe

Aimee Delgado - CRA
Aimee.Delgado@disabilityrightsca.org

Aimee Delgado is the Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Aimee believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates. Aimee has developed close relationships with community partners to provide trainings to empower clients and their families. Aimee has worked at OCRA for over ten years and in that time, has assisted hundreds of clients to obtain necessary services and supports and achieve their goals.

Aimee holds a J.D. from Whittier Law School and a B.A. in English and Political Science from Mount St. Mary’s University.

Alejandra Orate - Assistant CRA
Alejandra.Orate@disabilityrightsca.org

Alejandra Orate is the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. 

 

SOUTH CENTRAL LA REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy      
8255 Firestone Blvd., Suite 408
Downey, CA  90241
Phone: (323) 292-9907
Fax: (323) 293-4259
Supervised by Tim Poe

Megan Buckles – CRA
Megan.Buckles@disabilityrightsca.org

Megan Buckles is the Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with South Central Los Angeles Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Megan believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates. She advises clients on a variety of matters including eligibility for public benefits, regional center services, and special education. Prior to working at OCRA, Megan was the Special Education Law Fellow at Learning Rights Law Center and a volunteer law clerk at Disability Rights Legal Center.

Megan holds a J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, a M.S. in Global Development from the Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Heiser Lopez Gomez – Assistant CRA
Heiser.LopezGomez@disabilityrightsca.org

Heiser Lopez joined OCRA in 2020 to assist the disability community and better understand their needs. She is passionate about helping the community, especially individuals who are vulnerable to injustice. Heiser believes OCRA’s efforts help clients learn about their rights and the different ways they can advocate for themselves or their families.

Previously, she worked with non-profit organizations such as the National Hispanic Medical Association and The Children’s Partnership, where she learned about policy work in environmental health and immigration that aids Hispanic/Latino communities. Heiser holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She enjoys going for runs in the morning and writing short stories in her free time.

 

TRI-COUNTIES REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
201 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 202
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: (805) 308-8950
EFax: (805) 308-8949
Supervised by Kendra Wagner

Erica Clark - CRA
Erica.Clark@disabilityrightsca.org

Erica Clark is the Clients’ Rights Advocate for the Tri Counties Regional Center, serving consumers residing in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Erica worked in disability advocacy for ten years before joining Disability Rights California. She represented clients pursuing public benefits under both Title II and Title 16 of the Social Security Act. In the last two years, she joined the non-profit sector and worked with the most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles County under the Measure H initiative to end homelessness.

Erica graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology before getting her J.D. from The College of William & Mary Law School. She enjoys helping people and is grateful for the opportunity to serve underrepresented members of our communities.

Gina Gheno - Assistant CRA
Gina.Gheno@disabilityrightsca.org

Gina Gheno is the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate serving people with developmental disabilities who live in the Tri-Counties Regional Center catchment area. Gina helps people obtain and preserve their rights to the supports and services needed to living meaningful lives in the least restrictive environment of their choice.

Gina knows that every person brings a special gift to this world. She believes in the importance of service to others, for all people to work together, to share their respective gifts for the benefit of their fellows.

Gina came to advocacy early in life by supporting a close family member served by the regional center. Gina has worked as a paraprofessional in Special Education, a direct service provider in both employment and residential services, and has served as a medical coordinator for people with developmental disabilities. Gina has provided direct support to clients of OCRA for over 14 years.

Gina holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Emely Lopez – Bilingual ACRA
Emely.Lopez@disabilityrightsca.org

 

VALLEY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy
Valley Mountain Regional Center
1321 I Street, Suite 3
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: (209) 242-2127
Fax: (209) 462-7020
Supervised by Brittnee Gillespie

Armelle Gueye – CRA
Armelle.Gueye@disabilityrightsca.org

Armelle Gueye started working at OCRA in October 2020. As the Clients’ Rights Advocate who serves Valley Mountain Regional Center consumers and their families, Armelle advocates for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. She advises clients on a variety of matters including eligibility for public benefits, regional center services, and special education. Armelle particularly enjoys direct communication with her clients and their families, and helping clients understand their rights when appealing a denial of services.

Armelle previously worked for a legal non-profit organization providing legal services to people facing evictions in San Francisco. During that time, she learned that people living with disabilities were vulnerable to unfair eviction practices.

Armelle holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law and a B.A. in Anthropology from California State University Stanislaus. Armelle enjoys going on morning walks and playing with her cat, Juju.

Sandra Graham - Assistant CRA
Sandra.Graham@disabilityrightsca.org

Sandra Graham has worked at OCRA for over two years. Sandra serves Valley Mountain Regional Center consumers and their families. As the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate, Sandra assists in advocating for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. She assists clients on a variety of matters including eligibility for public benefits, regional center services, and special education. As the sister of a younger brother with developmental disabilities, Sandra enjoys providing support to clients and their families.

Sandra previously worked as an Assistive Technology Advocate for a non-profit organization providing services to people with disabilities. Sandra has a background in community organizing, graphic design, and radio. Sandra volunteers as the Program Director for a local non-profit community radio station and enjoys gaming with her husband. Sandra shares her house with two black cats and a bearded dragon.

 

WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
5901 Green Valley Circle, Suite 150
Culver City, CA 90230
Mailing Address: (DO NOT INCLUDE “WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER” ON MAILING ADDRESS, OR MAIL WILL NOT BE SENT TO OCRA)
Phone: (310) 846-4949
Fax: (310) 846-4932
Supervised by Katie Meyer

Kristen Evans – CRA
Kristen.Evans@disabilityrightsca.org

Kristen Evans is a Clients’ Rights Advocate and is happy to serve consumers of Westside Regional Center. She enjoys empowering clients by informing them of their legal rights and firmly believes in the equality and inclusion of people of all backgrounds.

Kristen has prior experience in special education law, family law, and real estate. She holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. degree in Communication from the University of Southern California.

Ana Rivas - Assistant CRA

Ana Rivas is an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Westside Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Ana believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates.

Ana holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ana has a sibling with autism and grew up helping her mother advocate for him when needed. Ana previously worked for a personal injury law office, and is happy to transition to non-profit advocacy.

 

OCRA MANAGEMENT TEAM

Katie Hornberger, Director Sacramento
Email: Katie.Hornberger@disabilityrightsca.org
(916) 504-5942
Supervised by Andy Imparato

Katie Hornberger is the Director of OCRA and has been with OCRA for over ten years. Katie has worked as a Supervisor and as a Clients’ Rights Advocate for clients of the Harbor Regional Center and the North Los Angeles County Regional Center.  She has represented clients in a variety of matters including public benefits, education, regional center services, and discrimination cases. Katie has provided community trainings and worked on many committees. Obtaining services and supports for children and youth in foster care and to those recently adopted has always been an area of interest for Katie.

Prior to practicing law, Katie was a Special Education and Early Intervention Teacher. She was also an In-Home Behavior Therapist for children with Autism.

Playing with her dog, Femke, helps Katie to unwind after some challenging days at the office.

Eva Casas-Sarmiento, Managing Attorney Santa Ana
Email: Eva.Casas-Sarmiento@disabilityrightsca.org
(714) 621-0563
Supervised by Katie Hornberger

Eva Casas-Sarmiento obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from Loyola Law School. She has been a disability rights lawyer for her entire legal career. The first half of her career focused on the rights of persons with psychiatric disabilities. The second half has focused on the rights of persons with developmental disabilities who are regional center clients.

Eva’s focus is always on promoting self-advocacy and helping her clients achieve the most independent and productive life possible in the least restrictive environment. She always incorporates a lot of outreach and training to traditionally underserved communities of color. Eva’s family members with disabilities inspired her to pursue this area of law and her clients continue to motivate and reward her with career satisfaction on a daily basis.

Nancy McGee, Managing Attorney Sacramento
Email: Nancy.McGee@disabilityrightsca.org
(916) 504-5946
Supervised by Katie Hornberger

Nancy McGee is a Managing Attorney and manages a team that supervises attorneys and advocates serving clients of the regional centers.

Nancy has been with OCRA since 2019, having come to OCRA from a career providing legal advocacy to individuals in underserved communities seeking economic justice. Additionally, Nancy has many years of management experience.

Nancy holds a J.D. from the Golden Gate University, School of Law, a M.A. in Sociology from Northern Illinois University and a B.A in Sociology from Northern Illinois University.

Kendra Wagner, Supervising CRA Santa Barbara
Email: Kendra.McWright@disabilityrightsca.org
(805) 884-7297
Supervised by Eva Casas-Sarmiento

Kendra Wagner is a Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocate who oversees attorneys and advocates working with regional center clients and their families. Kendra came to OCRA with a background in legal services and collaborative justice through the California Drug Court program. Kendra began work with the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy in 2009 as a Clients’ Rights Advocate where she deepened her passion for civil rights.

Kendra is committed to advancing Disability Rights California’s mission and protecting the rights of those with developmental disabilities in California.

Tim Poe, Supervising CRA Los Angeles
Email: Tim.Poe@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8173
Supervised by Nancy McGee

Tim Poe has worked at Disability Rights California for over 17 years. As a Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocate, he enjoys mentoring legal advocates and observing their professional growth. Tim has experience in due process involving special education and public benefits. He is an expert in regional center eligibility, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome cases. Prior to going to law school, Tim was a programming and acquisitions vice president at a large cable network.

Tim holds a J.D. from Loyola Marymount Law School. One of his favorite topics is pets.

Katie Meyer, Supervising CRA Santa Rosa
Email: Katie.Meyer@disabilityrightsca.org
(916) 504-5852
Supervised by Katie Hornberger

Katie is originally from Buffalo, New York, and she went to college in northern California. While she was working in Missouri as a case manager for children in the mental health system, she noticed that people with disabilities tend to have complicated legal issues. Because of her interest in helping clients with crossover issues in disability and law, she began attending law school in the evenings. She graduated from St. Louis University School of Law with a specialty certificate in Health Law. Katie moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and found a great opportunity to represent consumers of regional center services. She served as the Clients’ Rights Advocate for consumers of Westside Regional Center for eight years. Since 2014, she has been a Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocate for several OCRA offices around the state. She also works on special projects for OCRA from her office in Santa Rosa. In her free time, Katie enjoys skiing, wine tasting, playing softball, and seeing live music.

Shannon Cogan, Supervising CRA San Jose
Email: Shannon.Cogan@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8149
Supervised by Eva Casas-Sarmiento

As a Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocate, Shannon Cogan oversees attorneys and advocates statewide working to protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities. She considers herself a lucky lawyer to be able to advance the mission of Disability Rights California.

Before joining Disability Rights California, Shannon was a civil trial lawyer, both in private practice and as Deputy County Counsel for Santa Clara County. She also ran a non-profit organization that makes no-cost loans of adaptive and rehabilitative equipment to children with disabilities. Shannon earned her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law and her undergraduate degree is in computer science, cum laude, from Smith College.

Brittnee Gillespie, Supervising CRA Sacramento
Email: Brittnee.Gillespie@disabilityrightsca.org
(916) 504-5945
Supervised by Nancy McGee

Brittnee Gillespie Malone has worked at OCRA since August 2015. Brittnee earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. in English from Spelman College.

As a Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocate, Brittnee oversees attorneys and advocates working with regional center clients and their families. She was previously the Clients’ Rights Advocate serving Alta California Regional Center consumers and their families. In that role, Brittnee helped people with developmental disabilities get the services and supports they need to have the most productive and independent life possible. She advised clients on a variety of matters including eligibility for public benefits, regional center services, and special education services. Brittnee also provides community-based trainings to people with disabilities and their families, service providers, and professionals. In her free time, Brittnee enjoys playing soccer and eating dark chocolate.

Alice Ximenez, Senior Executive Assistant Sacramento
Email: Alice.Ximenez@disabilityrightsca.org
(916) 504-5943
Supervised by Katie Hornberger

Alice Ximenez began her employment with Disability Rights California in the Sacramento Legal Unit in December of 1991, when it was still called Protection and Advocacy, Inc.

Over the years, Alice promoted and became part of OCRA and the Office of Payee Review and Beneficiary Assistance, providing supervision and office management to five support staff who provide assistance to the many staff providing advocacy to people with disabilities.

Personally, Alice assists in running a small family-owned business called Creative Falls, providing beautiful sculptures and landscapes throughout Northern California. Alice’s hobbies include casual bike riding and staying happy.

Marisol Cruz, Office Manager II Los Angeles
Email: Marisol.Cruz@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8020
Supervised by Alice Ximenez

Marisol Cruz is the Office Manager for OCRA. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who worked with San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center consumers and their families to advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Marisol believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates. Marisol has worked at OCRA for over fifteen years and in that time, has assisted hundreds of clients to obtain necessary services and supports and achieve their goals.

 

OCRA OUTREACH TEAM

Ibrahim “Bebo” Saab Los Angeles
Supervising Attorney
Email: Bebo.Saab@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8184
Supervised by Eva Casas-Sarmiento

Mr. Saab received his B.A. in English, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. He remained at Berkeley another three years to earn his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.  While in law school, Mr. Saab served as President of the Boalt Disability Law Society and helped to organize a daylong symposium on disability rights law.  He also served on the law school’s admissions committee and received the student services award at graduation.  Mr. Saab also was a law clerk at Disability Rights Legal Center. He joined OCRA in 2005 as the North Los Angeles County Regional Center Clients’ Rights Advocate, and recently promoted to become OCRA’s Supervising Attorney for Outreach.

Paula Sandoval Downey
Outreach Coordinator
Email: Paula.Sandoval@disabiityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8169
Supervised by Bebo Saab

Paula Sandoval started with Disability Rights California in 2017 as an Intake Assistant, the first person of contact for clients requesting legal assistance. She transitioned to be an Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate with OCRA for two years. She actively supported direct representation in special education and In-Home Support Services cases. Paula is now OCRA’s Outreach Coordinator. She and attends community events and meetings and conducts trainings to parents, consumers, and professionals about OCRA’s services.

Prior to joining DRC, Paula provided direct services to clients as a behavioral interventionist with Autism Comprehensive Educational Services (“ACES”). She served a diverse population of adults and children with developmental disabilities within their community and homes.  Due to her diligence and culturally sensitive manner of working with families, she received the ACES 2016 Values award for passion. Paula received her B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

Scott Barron Cerritos
Peer Advocate
Email: Scott.Barron@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8178
Supervised by Bebo Saab

Mr. Barron received his B.A. degree in Communications from California State University Fullerton in 2006.  After graduation, he joined Disability Rights California as a coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Peer Self Advocacy Unit. While there, Mr. Barron provided self-advocacy trainings to clients throughout the state on a variety of topics including voting, clients’ rights, and emergency preparedness. In 2013, Mr. Barron became OCRA’s Southern California Peer Advocate.  Mr. Barron provides self-advocacy trainings to regional center consumers and community organizations. He also serves on committees that affect the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and is passionate about advocating for the rights of individuals in restrictive settings. Mr. Barron joined OCRA’s new Outreach Unit in 2019. He is excited to help make the unit a success through his many years of experience.

 

ADMIN SUPPORT

Jasbir Soomal, Bilingual Admin Assistant Sacramento
Email: Jasbir.Soomal@disabilityrightsca.org
(916) 504-5967
Supervised by Alice Ximenez

Jasbir Soomal began her employment with Disability Rights California (DRC) in the Legal Advocacy Unit. She recently joined OCRA, and she also serves on DRC’s Diversity Committee. Jasbir is trilingual in English, Punjabi, and Hindi. Her background includes experience working and associating with people from multicultural communities as she has resided in England and Canada before immigrating to the United States. She has also spent time in India to volunteer in her family-founded and operated non-profit organization that provides free eye care to people from underserved communities. Jasbir feels privileged to be part of an agency dedicated to working for the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for all people with disabilities.

Patty Santamaria, PT Bil Admin Assistant Los Angeles
Email: Patty.Santamaria@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8161
Supervised by Alice Ximenez

Patty Santamaria works for OCRA as a Bilingual Administrative Assistant. She provides administrative support to OCRA staff by arranging travel and preparing for meetings. Patty is bilingual in Spanish and provides assistance in document translations. She also assists in making training materials accessible. Patty particularly enjoys helping with incoming calls from the OCRA toll-free number and assisting callers by directing them to the appropriate offices.

Patty previously worked for a non-profit organization that provides drug and alcohol abuse services and assistance to homeless families, homeless transitional age youth, and victims of domestic abuse. Patty enjoys reading and spending quality time with her children.

Jessica Casillas, PT Bil Admin Assistant Santa Ana
Email: Jessica.Casillas@disabilityrightca.org
(213) 213-8054
Supervised by Alice Ximenez

Jessica Casillas is a Bilingual Administrative Assistant with OCRA. She supports staff by arranging travel, answering calls, translating letters, and various other administrative tasks. Jessica believes the work of OCRA is essential and is glad she is part of it.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

OCRA Statewide Advocates

Adeyinka Glover – CRA Bakersfield
Email: Adeyinka.Glover@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8163
Supervised by Shannon Cogan

Adeyinka Glover is a Clients’ Rights Advocate at OCRA who advocates for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Adeyinka previously worked as an attorney at two legal non-profit organizations in the Central Valley assisting clients and communities with housing, domestic violence, guardianships, and environmental justice priorities. Adeyinka believes it is important to provide high quality legal advocacy to underserved populations to meet their so individuals, families, and communities can thrive.

Adeyinka holds a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and earned her B.A. degree in Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies at San Diego State University. She enjoys traveling and experiencing art in various forms.

Amina Khribeche – Bilingual ACRA Oakland
Email: Amina.Khribeche@disabilityrightsca.org
(510) 267-1284
Supervised by Katie Meyer

Amina Khribeche is a Floating Bilingual Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with regional center clients and their families.

Amy Moreno – Bilingual ACRA Cerritos
Email: Amy.Moreno@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8050
Supervised by Jens Sorensen

Amy Moreno is a Bilingual Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with regional center consumers and their families to advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Amy believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates. She has worked with OCRA for over two years, and has assisted with hundreds of client cases to obtain services and supports to achieve their goals.

Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University Long Beach.

Emely Lopez – Bilingual ACRA Santa Barbara
Email: Emely.Lopez@disabilityrightsca.org
Supervised by Gina Gheno

Emely Lopez is a Bilingual Assistant Clients' Rights Advocate with OCRA and serves Spanish-speaking consumers throughout California. A Los Angeles native, Emely moved to Santa Barbara to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received a bachelor's degree in History of Public Policy. Emely works to encourage and empower clients to advocate for their rights. One of Emely's main goals is to educate our Spanish-speaking communities.

In her spare time, Emely enjoys playing the trumpet, guitar and piano. She loves exploring the various hiking trails Santa Barbara has to offer and enjoys long drives along the coastline.

Hector Cruz – Bilingual ACRA 
Email: Hector.Cruz@disabiiltyrightsca.org
(213) 213-8058
Supervised by Shannon Cogan

Hector Cruz III is a Bilingual Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with Regional Center consumers and their families to obtain services and protect their rights. Hector believes the services and rights of people with disabilities is crucial to helping them live independently. Hector has worked with OCRA since early 2020.

Isela Bingham – Bilingual ACRA Modesto
Email: Isela.Bingham@disabilityrightsca.org
Supervised by Nubyaan Scott

Isela Bingham is a Bilingual Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with various OCRA offices helping consumers and their families to advocate for their civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Isela believes the work of OCRA is essential to help clients become successful self-advocates.

Isela served as a Spanish translator/interpreter for Valley Mountain Regional Center for over ten years and in that time, she assisted hundreds of clients to obtain documents in their native language. Isela has many connections to the disability community.

Isela is married, has two sons, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Jens Sorensen – CRA for Community Ontario
Integration/DCs
Email: Jens.Sorensen@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8052
Supervised by Tim Poe

Jens has worked at OCRA for over two years. As a Clients’ Rights Advocate for Community Integration, Jens works with individuals living in restricted settings such as state hospitals, jails, and other institutions. He works closely with clients to advocate for their rights within facilities and ultimately for community placement. He particularly enjoys helping clients understand and exercise their rights in facilities and take an active role in planning for their return to the community.

During and after law school, Jens worked for Disability Rights California for over three years, first as a law clerk, then as an intake advocate. He holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Davis. He is an avid fan of science fiction, both in literature and cinema.

Katherine Mottarella – CRA Santa Barbara
Email: Katherine.Mottarella@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8144
Supervised by Shannon Cogan

Katherine Mottarella is a Floating Clients’ Rights Advocate who assists regional center consumers and their families throughout the state. She has worked with OCRA for over 20 years representing clients in a variety of special education, regional center, and public benefits matters. As an attorney, she especially enjoys using her legal training and skills to help individuals secure regional center eligibility, resolve Social Security problems, and obtain eligibility for In-Home Supported Services. She has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. from Southern California Institute of Law.

Sonia Tostado – CRA Culver City
Email: Sonia.Tostado@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8193
Supervised by Shannon Cogan

Sonia Tostado is a Floating Clients’ Right Advocate for OCRA who works with regional center clients and their families to advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Sonia believes that the work of OCRA is essential and meaningful to help empower people to become knowledgeable with their rights and to become self-advocates.

Sonia has 14 years of experience working for the Regional Center system as a service coordinator. She has diverse experiences ranging from case management, coordinating and facilitating services, conducting informal hearings, and advocating for the needs of clients and families with regional center and other community agencies. Sonia believes and engages in person-centered planning and community inclusion. She collaborates with families and clients, and advocates for people with developmental disabilities to support their needs.

Sonia has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Public Health Community Education. She continues to use both of her degrees to help to advocate, educate, and support families.

Sonia enjoys gardening and cooking in her free time.

Veronica Mora – Bilingual ACRA Los Angeles
Email: Veronica.Mora@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8174
Supervised by Marisol Cruz

Veronica Mora is a Bilingual Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate who works with OCRA staff and Office Manager Marisol to conduct intake and provide administrative support. Veronica believes that establishing good communication with clients and staff is essential in working with clients towards their goals and executing administrative tasks effectively and efficiently. Veronica has worked at OCRA for over six years and in that time, has facilitated communication between OCRA staff and monolingual Spanish speakers to ensure that clients’ wishes are heard.

Veronica holds an A.A. in Paralegal Studies from Platt College.

Priscilla Ankrah – CRA Cerritos
Email:  Priscilla.Ankrah@disabilityrightsca.org
(213) 213-8190. 
Supervised by Shannon Cogan